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“Give Your Heart A Break” from PROJECT OVERWHELMED
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Quote of the week:

Just because they knocked you down once or twice doesn’t mean they won.

—  Brandon Marshall

BREAKING NEWS

The Story:

Helping Others Improves Emotional and Mental Health as seen in Psych Central reported by Rick Nauert PhD

Need help reducing the stress associated with the holiday season? Try helping someone, as a new study finds that an efficient way to reduce the impact of daily stress is to help others, be they friends, acquaintances, or even strangers.

Researchers from Yale University found that altruism in the form of providing support to others can provide a significant benefit to one’s mental health.

Our Expert Opinion:

“There are ample studies showing that when people receive generosity and compassion, there is a positive effect on their health and well-being.”

– Stephen G. Post, PhD, a professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

A PROJECT 375 Persepective:

The Bible says “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Those words could never be more true. The feeling you get from altruistically giving and helping others is unmatched. Giving and doing for others, I believe, does more for you than it does for the receiver. Whether it’s the “thank you” heard back, or the smile you see, maybe the great big hug you receive; it does something to your spirit that lets you know that there is a great need for kindness and an appreciation for generosity.

Diarist and writer Anne Frank once said “No-one has ever become poor by giving.” During the Holocaust there were four brave citizens who helped the Frank family during their hiding period, bringing them food, news of the war, etc. They risked their lives every day to secure increasingly difficult food supplies to keep the Frank family alive. Two of the four were ultimately arrested and jailed as “enemies of the regime.” Imagine the gratitude Anne and her family felt toward those four. Perhaps those feelings were behind her renowned quote.

For many, you might say our initial thought when reading that quote focuses on material goods. I believe Anne had a deeper meaning in mind. I suspect she was saying, in reality, that we receive unexpected gains in our lives through generosity. The four who helped her were far from materially wealthy, but I believe they received more than we’ll ever understand from their generosity during the war (Gilbert, 2015).

–  Carissa Johnson, Director of Operations for PROJECT 375

REAL CHATS: LET TALK ABOUT IT

We are so excited to bring you another installment of REAL CHATS! This week’s story is from the Lehrman family.

The Lehrman family lifts Carly up to ensure she can live a purposeful life and in turn she can lift up others. Living with acceptance and expression of a mental illness is a life worth living.

Find the full REAL CHATS here.

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

WANT MORE?

Holiday Blues? Minding Your Staff’s Mental Health Is Good Business as seen in the New York Business Journal reported by Alan Ross

It is no secret that mental illness is still stigmatized in this country, that depression and suicide are something almost no one wants to talk about; especially in the workplace. Tied to this is the often-misguided belief of many CEOs and executives — of businesses large and small — that since their employees already have access to health care, it is not a problem they need to be concerned about.

Princess Kate Brings Christmas Cheer to School for Children with Mental Health Issues as seen in People reported by Simon Perry on December 15, 2015

Most children have Santa Claus at their Christmas party, but a London school had a different kind of guest on Tuesday when Princess Kate joined them. Kate, 33, was taking part in the festive fun at a school that helps children with mental health needs in north London.

Majority of students experience mental health issues, says NUS survey as seen in The Guardian reported by Natalie Gil

Aoife Inman, 19, a second-year student at the University of Manchester, said: “I think mental health issues are extremely common among students but it’s something not many people want to acknowledge or accept that they are suffering from.

GET INVOLVED

This Just In- The New PROJECT 375 Nail Kit.
On your nails and your toes this season.

Your donation of $25 will provide stigma fighting nail kits for free to children all over the country. As a thank-you gift you may choose to receive a nail kit of your own.

PROJECT PREVENT Mindful Putty:

You can still support our Growing PROJECT 375 PROJECT PREVENT – it’s not too late to give! 100% of your donation will go toward creating and distributing PROJECT 375’s PROJECT PREVENT Mindful Putty. This effort to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness and disorders is focused on increasing awareness and the mental health conversation with boys and men. 100% of your donation will go toward creating and distributing Mindful Putty.

The putty features our Crazy Stigma Green. It 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. Please donate today.

Mark Your Calendar:

Our next ambassador conference call is on December 23, 2015 at 10AM CST. Join the call and be a PROJECT 375 ambassador. Dial in: 605-562-0020 Code: 631-749-380

Child Mind Institute Financial Aid Fund:
Help us give 5 kids access to treatment this holiday season!

The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to treating children and adolescents with mental health and learning disorders so that they can live healthy, fulfilling lives. We believe that every child has the ability to succeed with the appropriate support, and that every family deserves access to good clinical care.

Wear Your CRAZY STIGMA GREEN:

Wear your Crazy Stigma Green to help eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness and disorders. PROJECT 375 is excited to debut our newest t-shirts. Donate $35.00 and choose to receive our newest I Am Aware Mind Over Matter graphic t-shirt as your thank-you gift.

 THE FACTS

  • A recent study from the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that 27% of older adults assessed by aging service providers met the criteria for a diagnosis of major depression.
    (Mental Health America)

  • Experts believe that about 50% of depression stems from genetics. (Health Guides)

  • Up to 50% of people diagnosed with major depression don’t get better with their initial treatment. Doctors even have a term for this: treatment-resistant depression. (Health Guides)

  • An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. (NAMI.org)

In case you missed it:

You can check out The Chatter, Volume 19 here.

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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