BREAKING NEWS

The Story:

Campus Researchers Try New Ways to Close a Gap in Mental-Health Care as seen in The Wall Street Journal reported by Shirley S. Wang

As college campuses grapple with mental-health issues researchers are trying new ways to bring treatment to students from ethnic-minority backgrounds, who experts say often don’t get the care they need and are more likely to have negative consequences due to their illness. Even highly educated minority students tend to seek care for mental-health issues less frequently than whites.

Our Expert Opinion:

“Only a small proportion of individuals with psychological distress are identified in health care settings, and a smaller fraction of those ever receive appropriate treatment, especially for the experiences of discrimination”

– Gail Wyatt, study co-author and professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuro-science and Human Behavior

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:

I can attest to the overwhelming amounts of stress college students face on a daily basis. During my time at DePaul University there were so many of us that were struggling to balance our academic work with the pressure of school loans. Sometimes we would work during the only free time we had between homework and more homework. Like many other colleges, DePaul had a hard time supporting students who needed emotional support. I remember one time having an appointment with a counselor in their Student Services office. She explained that her job was to set me up with outside help and that she would not be my long term counselor. I left and never went back. With something like 7cups.com, mentioned in the article, it makes access to support so much easier and convenient for college students. We already spend so much time on our computers that it becomes a natural next step that we can also access care from wherever we are. Technology is always evolving and it is refreshing to see that the mental health community is using that to its advantage.

– Erica Jellerson, Social Media & Event Coordinator

THE CONVERSATION

Let’s Talk About It:

We are so excited to bring you our latest installment of REAL CHATS. This week’s story is from Kate Westfall.

Kate Westfall is a retired Air Force Officer. It was after her retirement that she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. After treatment, her DBT treatment team asked her to be a peer support mentor for DBT group sessions. She has been a mentor now for eighteen months. She also focuses her time on riding horses, taking dressage lessons, playing golf and traveling.

PROJECT 375: What are you most grateful for?

Kate: God, for the gift of love and my family for their support. I am also extremely grateful for Dr. Marsha Linehan for developing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Find the Real Chat here.

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

Quote of the week:
Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow

— Helen Keller

Listening to:
These Four Walls from PROJECT FIRE
It’s more than ok to get angry, it’s part of being really alive.
Give it a spin here, courtesy of Spotify.
There is no fee to sign up for Spotify.

ArtLifting:
noun

1. a benefit corporation that provides homeless and disabled artists the opportunity to earn their own income. ArtLifting sells original paintings, art prints, and products so artists can earn recurring income from each piece. 

Meet JDW, who defines herself as an “expressive artist.” A trained dancer and actress, JMW combines all of her talents when creating her paintings. JMW developed bipolar manic symptoms when she was 22, which ended her career as she knew it.

 Our featured MyCounterpane writer is Aaron Roach. You can read his entry here.

Editor’s Pick:
“I felt like I was done learning I felt like there was no inspiration in this world
So it turns out I did not know anything at all”

Thank you Joseph Fusaro for your newly published book of poetry, A Little More Time.
You can purchase your copy here.

GET INVOLVED

This Just Inthe 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. Wear your CRAZY STIGMA GREEN™!

PROJECT PREVENT™ Mindful Putty :

YOU DID IT! Thank you to all who helped us surpass our fundraising goal and raise $16,500 for PROJECT PREVENT™ Mindful Putty!

The putty features our CRAZY STIGMA GREEN™ . It is pliable putty packaged with evidenced-based mindfulness tips and resources to ensure boys and men (ladies too) alike are comfortable having a conversation about and addressing their needs regarding mental health.

WEAR YOUR CRAZY STIGMA GREEN™ :

Your donation of $35 will ensure children across the country receive this shirt for FREE. You can also choose to receive the I Am Aware graphic t-shirt as your thank-you gift.

ICYMI

Shame stands in way of mental health help as seen in PostCrescent.com reported by Katherine Lymn and Sharon Roznik

Long-standing prejudices and fears surrounding psychiatric disorders continue to spread misunderstanding and isolate youth from seeking recovery, and from sharing their stories. Even today, media depictions linking mental illness with violent crime and mass murders have propelled social attitudes into the stone age of negative stereotypes.

David Cameron pledges ‘assault on poverty’ with social reforms as seen in BBC NEWS

David Cameron has promised an “all-out assault on poverty” with a series of social reforms to include better mental health services and mentoring schemes. The PM said new mothers and teenagers with anorexia were among those who would benefit from improved services. He also promised to flatten “sink estates”, help families save, and more funding for parenting classes. Labour said the PM had previously cut mental health spending, and the new pledges were “too little, too late.”

Better place: Mental Health Court helps turn lives around as seen in Herald & Review reported by THERESA CHURCHILL H&R Senior Writer

“Thus far, I’ve been really impressed with the court’s work. They have exceeded enrollment goals and have a high retention rate among those who participate,” Lanter said. “We’ve seen a positive impact among several of the individuals most commonly encountered in downtown Lexington, and that relieves some of the pressure experienced by police and downtown churches, business and visitors.”

Mark Your Calendar :

Our next ambassador conference call is on January 20, 2016 at 10AM CDT. Join the call and be a PROJECT 375 ambassador. Dial in: (712) 775-7031 Code: 809-872.

You can check out The Chatter, Volume 23 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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