The Story:

Here’s What’s Wrong With the Mental Illness Conversation as seen in The Huffington Post reported by Chelsea Stephens

It’s not very often that we see a “positive” story regarding mental illness in the media: a story about a new, breakthrough therapy, or about a person with mental illness who leads a happy and successful life. All too often, stories with ties to mental illness are about a celebrity suicide, or about a person with severe, untreated mental illness who commits a horrible act of violence. It isn’t until after a tragedy occurs that people want to voice their opinions.

Our Expert Opinion:

“There’s a tremendous need to implode the myths of mental illness, to put a face on it, to show people that a diagnosis does not have to lead to a painful and oblique life. We who struggle with these disorders can lead full, happy, productive lives, if we have the right resources.”

– Elyn R. Saks, professor at the University of Southern California School of Law and author of “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.”

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:

Chelsea Stephens articulates concerns and strategic pain points for the mental health community at large that we all agree with wholeheartedly. In an election year the negative language regarding mental illness is reaching an all time high. Unfortunately it seems to be a crowd pleaser when candidates tie mental illness to gun violence and pretend to be able to address the issue with sweeping notions that we can “lock them all up.” Did we ever say that about cancer patients? This kind of fear mongering harkens back to the dark days of the first wave of HIV/AIDS patients. Stephen Colbert said it well, “Some say the answer is stricter gun laws, some say the answer is mental health care…maybe it’s both. I honestly don’t know. But I do know that one of the definitions of insanity is changing nothing and then pretending that something will change.”

– Jennifer S. Pool President, PROJECT 375


Let’s Talk About It:

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

Jasmine was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She is the oldest of five children from her mother’s side, and the oldest of two from her dad’s side. Growing up she encountered some very tragic and emotional events, more than any child should have to endure. In 2005 she was happily reacquainted with a high school crush and together they had their first son in 2006. In 2008, they moved to Lincoln. They have now been happily married for almost five years and have two beautiful boys.

PROJECT 375: What is your greatest passion?

Jasmine Jackson: : Hmmmm. My greatest passion? I guess I would have to say my greatest passion is helping others! It seems so strange to write. As much as I can have going on in my life I can be so withdrawn into myself. Helping someone else always brings me joy and happiness.

Find the Real Chat here.

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Quote of the week:

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”

— Eckhart Tolle

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It’s more than ok to get angry, it’s part of being really alive.
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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. 

William is dedicated to a daily art practice and works daily at his home studio and participates in individual and group art therapy sessions at Thresholds, a mental health agency that helps to support people with mental illness. He also participates in Project Onward which is a non-profit art studio and gallery for artists with disabilities in Chicago. William describes he has probably created over 10,000 + works of art over the years.

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


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5 Things You Can Do To Help End Mental Health Stigma

We can’t accomplish this alone. We need your help. Every day, incredible people reach out to us – through letters, on social networks, in emails and phone calls asking: “How can I help?”

Well, we’re glad you asked. Click here for a list of 5 things you can do to help end mental health stigma


“Find out why Brandon Marshall thinks being on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert makes him a loser.”

Race a Factor in Repeated Victimizations of People with Mental Illness, Georgia State Study Finds as seen in Georgia State University News reported by Brent Teasdale

African Americans who are mentally ill are at greater risk of being repeatedly victimized than are mentally ill white people, according to criminologists at Georgia State University. The researchers found the rate of recurring victimization among this population remains stable over time, while it declines during the first year after release from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization for whites.

Kate Middleton And Prince William Crusade Mental Health Awareness In Children as seen in YOUTH HEALTH reported by Colleen Javellana

In a report from The Daily Mail, The Duchess of Cambridge is preparing to ready herself to be in a similar Royal role, by addressing the complicated issue of mental illnesses in children. She hopes that her advocacy will eliminate prejudice and raise awareness just like what her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, did for HIV patients back in the 1980s.

New Cook County mental health court unveiled as seen in as seen on reported by Patrick Elwood

It is the relationship between Palos Community Hospital and the Cook County court Bridgeview division. When Chief Judge Timothy Evans first received word of the hospital’s offer, he was delighted. Judge Evans says the numbers tell the story, when people commit a non-violent offense who also have some sort of mental illness and too often self-medicating drug dependent, 75 percent who get the mental health help needed will not go on to commit additional crimes later in life.

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