The Story:

Beyond the Romantic Mythos, What Life Is Really Like for Artists Living With Mental Illness as seen in FlavorWire reported by Moze Halperin

I was startled one day, several months ago, when a new security guard in the usually silent lobby of the Soho building that houses FlavorWire’s offices said, “Good morning.”

Our Expert Opinion:

“The findings of some 20 or 30 scientific studies endorse the notion of the “tortured genius.” Of the many varieties of psychosis, creativity appears to be most strongly linked to mood disorders, and especially bipolar disorder. For example, one study tested the intelligence of 700,000 Swedish 16-year olds and then followed up a decade later to learn which of them had developed mental illnesses. The startling results were published in 2010. They found that people who excelled when they were 16 years old were four times as likely to go on to develop bipolar disorder.”

– Key Redfield Jamison, clinical psychologist and professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who also lives with a mental illness

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:

I think the notion that mental illness stimulates a special kind of creativity is nonsense. As far as I am concerned anything that an artist living with a mental illness accomplishes is done so despite the illness, not because of it. Anyone who romanticizes this is doing a grave disservice to both artists and those living with a mental illness, in my opinion. There is more than enough suffering in the world to provide motivation for art, if suffering is where you get your inspiration.

– John Borland, Ambassador of PROJECT 375


Let’s Talk About It:

We are so excited to bring you our latest installment of REAL CHATS. This week’s account is from Erica Schwartz.

Erica is a 31 year old woman living in Minnesota. She has battled mental illness for over half of her life. She started Warrior for Hope ( to encourage others that there is hope in the midst of living with a mental illness.

PROJECT 375: If you could only take three items with you to a deserted island, what would they be?

Erica: I tried to come up with something clever, but the reality is that I’m too chicken to go to a deserted island! I don’t think I’d survive!

Find this installment of REAL CHATS here.

For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme at

Quote of the week:

Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.

— Author Unknown 

Listening to:

Gotta Be Wrong Sometimes from PROJECT HUMAN
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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.

Cameron Meek was diagnosed with a mental illness in 1990 which made it difficult for him to continue working in graphic design but now spends his time creating fine art. He describes art as a meditation and one of his inspirations that helps him get through difficult times: Cameron hopes to one day work in advertising and design as well as share his paintings with a larger audience through his participation in ArtLifting.

Our featured MyCounterpane writer is Daniel Lewis. You can read his journal entry here.


2ND ANNUAL PADDLE BATTLE – You can turn the tables on stigma

We want YOU!

PROJECT 375 is expanding! Click here to download the application for:

PROJECT PREVENT ™ Project Manager


for inspiration and fun, surrounded by those dedicated to impacting lives, as The Linehan Institute honors our founders, Brandon and Michi Marshall with the 10,000 Gold Stars Award!


An Open Letter to My Anxiety as seen in The Huffington Post reported by Rachel Griffin

Dear Anxiety I get that you want to warn me about potential dangers in the world.

t’s Time We Start To Talk About Depression Like The Common Illness That It Is as seen in The Huffington Post reported by Eileen O’Connor

When the flu knocks the socks right off of you, you run to the doctor, talk openly about your symptoms and have no problem taking any medication the doctor prescribes.

Turning Your Pet Into a Therapy Dog as seen in The New York Times reported by Jane E. Brody

It did not take long for me to recognize the therapeutic potential of Max, the hypoallergenic 5-month-old Havanese puppy I adopted in March 2014.

You can check out The Chatter, Volume 30 here.

Mark Your Calendar

Our next ambassador conference call is on March 9, 2016 at 10AM CST. Join the call and be a PROJECT 375 ambassador.
Dial in: (712) 775-7031 Code: 809-872.

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We’re Growing!

As the support for PROJECT 375 and the mental health community continues to grow so do we. Please join us in welcoming Alexis to the team as our new Executive & Development Assistant.

Welcome, Alexis!

Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Book: Oliver Twist
Favorite Quote: “Fall seven times, stand up eight.
                                                 – Japanese Proverb

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