“Promises” from PROJECT HAPPY
Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect.
It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
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Quote of the week:
“If you’re not happy, you have to do something about it. Just to admit that you are feeling this way is a huge step. To claim that, to say, ‘Why do I feel unhappy? Let me do something about this.”
— Wayne Brady
A Newspaper Written Entirely By Mental-Health Patients
On a 17-acre plot adjacent to the University of Alabama were a farm, a corn crib, a stable, and a building to house the people who kept all of those things running. The building was a sprawling white structure with a library and a dance hall and rooms for the people who plowed the fields, shucked the corn, and raised the pigs. It was the first building in Tuscaloosa to have steam heating or gas lighting.
It was also a hospital for the mentally ill, the first of its kind in Alabama. And from 1872 to 1881, it was the headquarters of the Meteor, a newspaper written, edited, and published entirely by patients and circulated beyond the hospital walls.
Our Expert Opinion:
The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational. While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel. In sum, writing removes mental blocks and allows you to use all of your brainpower to better understand yourself, others and the world around you.
– James Pennebaker: Regents Centennial Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin
A PROJECT 375 Perspective:
“In today’s technology-driven publishing world, it’s very interesting and refreshing, even, to read the story of the Meteor Newspaper, published by the mentally ill patients at the first hospital of its kind in Alabama in the late 1800’s. What’s fascinating is that there are stigmas that are still attached to the mentally ill, and there are some that have (thankfully) passed by the wayside. The research done by author, Cari Romm was wonderful and in-depth, providing a glimpse into what’s sure to be a worthy book about the hospital by journalist Ryan Philips, who was cited in the Atlantic piece. What’s important now is that the outcomes from the patients or the article don’t cease to push progress. Much like the social reformer Dorothea Dix, who spearheaded the movement to create asylums for the mentally ill (vs. jailing them), we must continue to put these same type of stigma-shattering practices into action – by exposing the stories of those with mental disorders and illnesses. One such practice is a project close to us here at PROJECT 375 is called MyCounterpane, where those who have had their lives impacted by mental illness can speak freely about theirs or their loved ones’ conditions. This is a platform, much like the Meteor, where people can share exactly how they are feeling anytime, free of stigma.”
– Nate Ludens, Independent Social Strategist for PROJECT 375
Real Chat: Let’s talk about it
We are so excited to bring you another installment of REAL CHATS! This week’s story is from our Development & Ambassador Coordinator, Emily Thieme
Emily Thieme is a compassionate supporter of many charitable causes, namely mental health awareness. Things she loves most in life are her family, friends and traveling. She also has a love for the arts, especially modern art.
PROJECT 375: What food can you not live without?
Emily: Pasta! I could eat pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner and never get tired of it. I think my soulmate might be carbs
Find the full Real Chat here.
For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme at E.firstname.lastname@example.org.
A New York Initiative to Promote Mental Health
The new initiative to screen all pregnant women and new mothers for maternal depression was announced Tuesday by Chirlane McCray, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, at a news conference at Bellevue Hospital.
Mental Health Patients Wait for Help
Kristina Hannon, vice president of behavioral health at Family Guidance Center in St. Joseph, said in less than a decade the number of patients seeking services have more than doubled.
Ryan Points to Mental Health Bill as Response to Gun Violence
“I haven’t thought of proposing gun legislation, I think the big problem we have is enforcing the law as we have on the books right now,” Ryan said. He then pivoted to mental health.
Don’t miss No-Shave November
Why mental health?
You can still support our Growing PROJECT 375 No-Shave November team – it’s not too late to give! Brandon Marshall and others are growing facial hair (mustaches, beards, goatees, chops, etc.) in an effort to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness and disorders by increasing awareness and the conversation with boys and men. 100% of your donation will go toward creating and distributing PROJECT 375’s PROJECT PREVENT Mindful Putty.
The Crazy Stigma Green 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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*To see Brandon’s full #NoShaveNovember progress, head to www.crowdrise.com/growproject375
PROJECT 375 is excited to debut our newest t-shirts from 500 Level:
PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults. (nimh.gov)
Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and there is some evidence that the potential for the disorder may run in families. (nimh.gov)
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD afflicts: Almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans, as many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans, 11% of veterans of the war in Afghanistan and 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans. (nimh.gov)
PTSD can occur at any age. (nimh.gov)
PTSD is often accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders. (nimh.gov)
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,
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