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Quote of the week:

“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.”  -President Bill Clinton

Breaking News

The Story:
Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection

“Despite her cheery countenance and assiduous completion of assignments, Ms. DeWitt had already bought razor blades and written a stack of goodbye letters to loved ones.” Kathryn DeWitt, a University of Pennsylvania student, illustrates her struggle for perfection that led her to consider suicide.

Our Expert Opinion:

“All too often, well-meaning adults agree to keep the self-injury a secret on the promise that the kid won’t do it again, and this is a terrible idea.” While cutting is not generally a suicide attempt, “there’s a link between cutting and suicide. Suicide risk is nine times higher if there’s a history of self-injurious behavior, and some believe that self-injury is a sort of rehearsal for more severe injuries that can lead to death.”– Dr. Michael Hollander, Director of Training, Senior Consultant, McLean Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School
More info about why teenagers cut and how to help.

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:

Having just graduated college in June, I get it. Trying to balance academics with some speck of a social life can get exhausting. When you are already feeling overwhelmed, your University should be a support. Instead, mine told me my option was to take a leave of absence. I felt like they were telling me to give up and leave. That wasn’t what I wanted – I wanted help. -Erica Jellerson, Social Media and Events Coordinator for PROJECT 375

Real Chat: Let’s talk about it

Introducing: Real Chats:

PROJECT 375 is excited to be launching a series of “Real Chats” interviewing everyday people about their lives and experiences with mental illnesses and disorders.  Both the questions and answers are designed to reveal the whole person, beyond the scope of their mental health diagnosis or that of a loved one.

For more details, please contact Emily Thieme at e.thieme@project375.org.

You can also join our fully integrated digital mood journal to document your mental health journey or the journey of a loved one. Through MyCounterpane.com/mentalhealth, you will be able to connect with groups of individuals on the same emotional journey you are on at any given time. MyCounterpane.com/mentalhealth will facilitate ongoing emotional awareness in a safe and supportive community.

Want More?

Cook County Jail The Next Mental Health Treatment Facility?

“It’s a national disgrace how we deal with this,” said Sheriff Thomas Dart, who appointed Dr. Jones Tapia to the post and who refers to the jail, a place notorious for its history of violence and overcrowding, as the largest mental institution in the country.  He said that as many as one-third of the jail’s 8,600 inmates were mentally ill.

How Do I Save My Child?

“Megan* can pinpoint the exact moment she knew she could not take it anymore. It was late afternoon on a perfect Sydney day and the mother-of-three was racing her eldest daughter to the emergency department of Westmead Hospital.  The medical staff knew 14-year-old Jennie* by name. She’d been in and out of emergency for two years and admitted to the psychiatric unit three times. The nurses joked about getting Megan an official hospital ID pass. Except this time – like all the other times – it was no laughing matter.”

Could It Have Been Different?

She loved the phrase “remember me in smiles and laughter.” No one imagined how soon they’d have to do that.  Andrew Goldstein’s life, in many ways, was the mirror opposite of hers: one of crushing loneliness, of dreams cut short by the nightmares that tormented him, and of cries for help that went unanswered.

The Facts

  • One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans − experiences mental illness in a given year. (nami.org)
  • One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. (nami.org)
  • Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent. (nami.org)
  • Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. (nami.org)

How to get involved

  • Share your story on mycounterpane.com/mentalhealth.
  • Be sure to check our website for updated events, information and ways you, too, can be involved!
  • If you have any ideas you would like to share with us or need ideas on how you can help be a part of the conversation,
    please let us know at info@project375.org.

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