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“The Kids Aren’t Alright” from PROJECT #IAmAware
Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.
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Quote of the week:

“If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame
in seeking help.”

— Catherine Zeta-Jones


Breaking News

The Story:

Traumatized and vulnerable, slavery survivors live with mental health issues

Not surprisingly, most survivors of slavery suffer from significant and disabling mental health problems. Slavery ruthlessly breaks the bonds of healthy human relationships. After years of actual and threatened violence and extreme exploitation, survivors suffer disproportionately from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Our Expert Opinion:

“Clinical and counseling psychologists will probably at some point in their lives have someone in their practices who has been trafficked even if they don’t articulate it as such,” A client might say she was a sex worker without going into the details of how she got into that work, for instance. The emphasis thus far has been on prosecuting perpetrators and tending to victims’ immediate practical and medical needs rather than addressing the psychological damage that being trafficked can cause. Psychology as a discipline is behind the times in acknowledging trafficking,”

-Nancy M. Sidun, PsyD, supervising clinical psychologist for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region and chair of the original Div. 52 trafficking task force.

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:

“Imagine for a second that you are taken from your family, your home and your life and forced into a life of servitude. Imagine being chained to a floor, beaten and raped all day. Most of us cannot even fathom that this still exists, but it does. As many as 29 million people live as modern slaves. Although many of us don’t realize it slavery flows into our home daily. Slaves harvest cocoa, seafood, diamonds, cotton, sugar and much more. If the slaves are liberated they move from a life of destitution to one of suffering. They live with PTSD, anxiety, depression and more. We all have a moral and ethical role in bringing slavery to an end and we all have a role in ensuring that these humans receive appropriate mental health treatment. We cannot stay silent on this issue any longer.”

– Emily Thieme, Development & Ambassador Coordinator

Real Chat: Let’s talk about it

We are so excited to bring you our first video Real Chat! This week’s story is from Carly Lehrman.

Carly has lived in New York City all her life. She loves New York. Carly is very creative and expresses that through her art as well as her writing. She has written an unpublished biography and is actively creating art daily. She also enjoys the ocean and is an accomplished surfer. She spends hours in the ocean throughout the Summer.

Find the full Real Chat here.

For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme at

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Want More?

“24 & Ready To Die” as produced by the Economist

Target Accused of Making Light of Mental Illness With ‘OBSESSIVE CHRISTMAS DISORDER’ Sweater

First, Starbucks was criticized for changing the design of its iconic red holiday cups. Now, Target is taking heat for a sweater that bears the text: “OCD. Obsessive Christmas Disorder.”

Demand in Mental Health Services Leaves Students Waiting for Aid

Increased demand for mental health services at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has made it more difficult than usual for students with less pressing mental health needs to get in to see a counselor, said Counseling and Psychological Services counselor Charlie Foster.

Carrie Fisher, Patrick Kennedy Here to Boost Mental Health Awareness

Actress Carrie Fisher and former congressman Patrick Kennedy — who both have been very public about their struggles with mental health issues — will be in the forefront of a special Veterans Day program in Chicago geared to ending the stigma against mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Don’t miss No-Shave November

Why mental health?

You can still join Brandon Marshall and others by growing facial hair (mustaches, beards, goatees, chops, etc.) and raise some money to increase awareness and eradicate the stigma surround mental illness and disorders. 100% of your donation will go toward creating and distributing our PROJECT PREVENT Mindful Putty.

The Crazy Stigma Green Mindful Putty is a pliable putty packaged with evidenced-based mindfulness tips and resources to ensure boys and men alike are comfortable having a conversation about and addressing their needs regarding mental health.

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Get involved

BIG Brandon Marshall News:

The limited-time only Under Armour Project 375 apparel line is almost gone!

We’re giving them away as thank-you gifts to those who make a donation of $35 here.

 The Facts

  • People with Borderline Personality disorder have high rates of co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders, along with self-harm, suicidal behaviors, and completed suicides. (

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight.  (

  • The idea that refined sugar causes ADHD or makes symptoms worse is popular, but more research discounts this theory than supports it.   (

  • The most common type of medication used for treating ADHD is called a “stimulant.” Although it may seem unusual to treat ADHD with a medication considered a stimulant, it actually has a calming effect on children with ADHD.  (

  • Children with a parent or sibling who has bipolar disorder are much more likely to develop the illness, compared with children who do not have a family history of bipolar disorder. (

In case you missed it:

You can check out The Chatter, Volume 14 here.

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