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Quote of the week:
“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start”
— Nido Qubein

Breaking News

The Story:
John Oliver on Oregon Shooting: “Worst time to talk about mental health.”

John Oliver is speaking out about the Oregon shooting, and he wants to change the conversation. He pointed out that mental illness is often blamed in the wake of mass shootings, like the one at Umpqua Community College on Friday. But Oliver argues that right after a mass shooting is in fact the worst time to talk about mental health, considering, “the vast majority of mentally ill people are non-violent and the vast majority of gun violence is committed by non-mentally ill people. … So the fact that we tend to only discuss mental illness in a mass shooting context is deeply misleading.”

Our Expert Opinion:

Most violence in society is caused by other things.  Even if we had a perfect mental health care system, that is not going to solve our gun violence problem. If we were able to magically cure schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, that would be wonderful, but overall violence would go down by only about 4 percent.
Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:

“Whenever a mass shooting takes place in this country certain politicians and media outlets are quick to blame a mental illness. The shooter is automatically labeled as “crazy”, a “maniac” or some other derogatory term. By only talking about mental health when there is a negative story taking place we are just further perpetuating the stigma surrounding mental illness and disorders. It’s a fact that the mentally ill are much more likely to become victims than violent offenders yet we rarely see these crimes blasted all over the news. Now is the time we all take a stance against this dangerous mentality and demand a change in the way mental health issues are viewed. We need to do a better job in mental health.
-Emily Thieme, Development and Ambassador Coordinator, PROJECT 375

We’re Running For Mental Health

What? You haven’t supported our runners yet? There’s still time!

By this time on Saturday, the #RUNP375 team will have completed the Brooklyn Rock N Roll Half Marathon, raising funds to help us to develop important mental health community resources, such as MyCounterpane. So, what are you waiting for? Go the distance and give to the team today.

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Complete details are on our website. Please send words of support for the team and re-share our posts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by using #IAmAware of #RUNP375.

Real Chat: Let’s talk about it

We are excited to bring you another Real Chat! This week’s story is from Shauna Harrison.

Shauna is a self-proclaimed nerd, hip-hop head, jock, and yogi. After playing sports throughout her childhood, she segued into the fitness and yoga world just as she started her academic path at Stanford University and hasn’t stopped since. Shortly after finishing her PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, Shauna also secured a sponsorship with Under Armour®, a major brand in sports and fitness, proving that should could excel in both worlds.

PROJECT 375: Does exercise play a dual role in your life – therapy and occupation?

Shauna Harrison: Movement plays many roles in my life actually. It’s definitely part occupation and a huge part therapy, but it’s also a hobby, an escape, a moment of relaxation, a reset button, and largely, a teacher.
Find the full Real Chat here.

For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme at E.thieme@project375.org.

Want More?

Before Working in Psychiatry, I Didn’t Think Mental Health Problems Were Real
If I, a medical student, had this distorted view of mental illness, there isn’t much hope for society.  As a first-year medical student, there is nothing quite as exciting as your first-ever clinical placement, where you can finally feel like a doctor in training. That is, unless you’re placed in psychiatry. Having learnt how to perform numerous examinations and procedures such as taking blood, your placement is a chance to finally put these skills into action on real patients.  With psychiatry, however, the emphasis is on developing the skill of speaking to patients and taking detailed histories, with little – if any – practice of procedures and examinations. You must learn to understand and evaluate a person’s thoughts, emotions, and experiences, to lead towards diagnosis, treatment and management. Attempting to decipher the complexity of the human mind, while taking in to account biological and social aspects? Quite unnerving.

Focusing On Guns And Mental Health Means Talking About The ACA
In the wake of every mass-shooting – events that occur with heartbreaking regularity in the United States, but no other industrialized democracy – political rhetoric tends to follow a predictable trajectory. Democratic officials, in general, raise the prospect of new policies to curtail gun violence.  And Republican officials, in general, decry such efforts as anti-freedom, preferring to focus on practically anything else. For some on the right, mass shootings serve as an excuse to renew conversations about violent entertainment (though plenty of other countries enjoy similar cultural fare without violent consequences). For others, gun massacres are reason to start merging religion and public schools (as if the Second Amendment is inviolate, but the First Amendment is malleable).

DEMI LOVATO FIGHTS FOR MENTAL HEALTH REFORM ON CAPITOL HILL: ‘I WENT THROUGH SEVERAL YEARS OF PAIN AND SUFFERING’
Four years ago, Demi Lovato told the world that she is bipolar. Now, she’s using her powerhouse voice to raise awareness of mental illness right at Congress’ doorstep. “I went through several years of pain and suffering, and I want to be able to help people and help try to prevent that suffering from happening,” she tells PEOPLE.  Lovato, 23, will meet with legislators on behalf of the “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” initiative at the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Hill Day in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.  The “Confident” singer says she believes this country needs “comprehensive mental health reform,” including better access to healthcare. But her main mission is to destigmatize mental illness by sharing her story.
  

Run with us!

We’re Running For Mental Health

What? You haven’t supported our runners yet? There’s still time!

By this time on Saturday, the #RUNP375 team will have completed the Brooklyn Rock N Roll Half Marathon, raising funds to help us to develop important mental health community resources, such as MyCounterpane. So, what are you waiting for? Go the distance and give to the team today.

Complete details are on our website. Please send words of support for the team and re-share our posts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by using #IAmAware of #RUNP375.

 The Facts

  • October is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month! (Psychology Today)
  • Only 1/2 of preschoolers with ADHD received behavioral therapy, which is the recommended first-line treatment for this group. (CDC)
  • 6.4 million American children ages 4-16 have been diagnosed with ADHD. (Healthline.com)
  • Notables such as Justin Timberlake, Will Smith, Jim Carrey and Michael Phelps have all been diagnosed with ADHD.  (Parenting.com)
  • One parenting skill Psych Central suggests for parents of children with ADHD is to break challenging tasks into smaller pieces and give breaks in between completion of the pieces.

     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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