Listening to:
Our new playlist! Titled “PROJECT DETERMINED.”
Please give it a spin here if you’re a Spotify listener.

Quote of the week:
“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter.” 
– Robin Williams

Breaking News

The Story:

Demi Lovato and Jay Pharaoh for Mental Health
I was depressed when I was a kid. I remember when I was 12, that was a really, really bad time. …It wasn’t a good situation, and my mom was there to kind of help me through it,” Pharoah, currently a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, said.

The Story:

What It’s Like To Be Optimistic and Depressed At The Same Time
Depression can be enveloping, it can take over your life and dictate your mood. It can make you think irrationally and feel unreasonably and make you feel completely and utterly alone in the world. But it’s possible to be a happy person with depression.I’m one of those people. Find out how.

The Story:

Robin Williams, One Year Later
I spent the afternoon hours of August 11, 2014 on a plane six and a half miles off the ground, wholly (albeit briefly) disconnected from the constant refresh of life in the digital age. As I landed in Austin, I was bombarded with texts: Robin Williams, the man who gave life to beloved characters like Aladdin’s Genie, Mork from Ork, and Mrs. Doubtfire, had died by suicide.

Like most of you, I felt I’d lost a dear friend. Like some of you, my heart especially hurt because I attempted suicide years ago myself and felt I had the tiniest bit of insight into his pain.

The Story:

Jurors Disagree on James Holmes Fate
Because the 12 jurors failed to unanimously agree that Holmes should be executed, he will be sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2012 attack on a midnight screening of a Batman movie in Aurora that also left 70 injured.

“Mental illness played into the decision more than anything else,” said the woman, who would not give her name. “All the jurors feel so much empathy for the victims.It’s a tragedy.” 

Our Expert Opinion:
May says that willingness/willfulness is “…the underlying attitude one has toward the wonder of life itself. Willingness notices this wonder and bows in some kind of reverence to it. Willfulness forgets it, ignores it, or at its worst, actively tries to destroy it.”-Gerald May, M.D.

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:
It’s very difficult for me to wrap my head around the Aurora Theater shootings. Twelve people were killed, seventy people were wounded and hundreds of families were adversely affected by this senseless killing. It’s critical that we all recognize the important role mental health plays in our lives. I don’t know James Holmes’ mental status, I don’t know what it was at the time of the shootings but based on expert opinions he was mentally ill and didn’t receive the treatment he needed. Until people realize it’s ok to talk about mental health and speak up if they themselves need help or recognize that a friend or loved one needs help I believe these senseless tragedies will continue.

-Emily Thieme, Development and Ambassador Coordinator for PROJECT 375

Get Involved:

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

Here is a sneak peek:

ET: What does tomorrow look like for you?

MJ: I want tomorrow to look better than today. I want to make a difference. Even in my pain and struggles my leadership tests always indicated I had a high level of nurturing.  Not sure if/when/how big that will become but if even 1 person is positively impacted by something I say or write then I will be grateful that I was able to help.

Stay tuned for more of Michael’s story in next week’s Chitchat Email.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

Brandon Marshall sign

Jets Wide Receiver, Brandon Marshall is offering one lucky winner and guest a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to throw him his first touchdown of the season at MetLife Stadium! All proceeds will benefit PROJECT 375. The winner and a guest will be flown to NYC and put up in a 4 star hotel. They will also get to enjoy premium tickets and on-field access to the September 3rd game against the Eagles. Anyone can enter for as little as a $10 donation to the campaign. 

To enter go to

Showing your emotions is a sign of strength. This is why we are so excited to share our newest platform with you,

Mycounterpane is a fully-integrated digital mood journey designed to empower an individual to document how they feel and their daily progress in dealing with their own mental illness, that of a loved one or from the eye of a clinician. Anyone who joins will be able to connect with groups of individuals on the same emotional journey they are on at any given time, (or keep their settings private if they prefer).

We are confident that this will facilitate emotional awareness. Every voice reflected in each journey brings us one step closer to eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness and disorders.

The Facts

  • Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems (
  • Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide (
  • Adolescent boys aged 12–17 years were more likely than girls to die by suicide. 
  • Adolescent girls were more likely than boys to have depression or an alcohol use disorder.
  • The median age of onset for bipolar disorder is 25 years (National Institute of Mental Health), although the illness can start in early childhood or as late as the 40’s and 50’s.

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