BREAKING NEWS

The Story:

UNDARK-phone

The App Will See You Now as seen in UnDark reported by Joshua C. Kendall

For decades, David Kupfer, the University of Pittsburgh psychiatrist who headed the task force behind the DSM-5 — the latest edition of the mental health diagnostic bible — has been a man on a mission.

Our Expert Opinion:

There’s a lot of potential for these apps to have a positive impact, in the area of both physical and mental health,” he said. “But the uncontrolled use of private information can lead to stigmatization and discrimination, which means there’s also the potential for great social harm.

– Alejandro Lleras, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:

I am excited application developers are looking at ways to help the mental health treatment. I envision the apps can be utilized three ways. The first way is for people who may not necessarily need in depth treatment; rather, this group may just need access to various suggestions and methods to take care of themselves mentally. The second way the apps can be utilized are to supplement on-going treatment between therapist and patient. The final way I envision using applications is post treatment. The applications can help a person stay on track by providing access to tools they learned through therapy, as well as new skills.

– Kate Westfall, PROJECT 375 Ambassador

THE CONVERSATION

Let’s Talk About It:

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

Megan Armstrong is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia where she studied journalism. She is an ambassador of PROJECT 375 and an avid supporter of mental health awareness.

PROJECT 375: What is your favorite activity?

Megan: Creating, and that can happen in many different forms. Creating can mean writing, having meaningful conversations casually and personally or interviewing interesting people professionally, learning, watching something or just playing around. If an activity leaves me with something I did not feel, have or know before I participated, then it’s my favorite.

Find this installment of REAL CHATS here.

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

Quote of the Week:

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

– Margaret Thatcher

Listening to:

Beautiful Day from PROJECT HOPEFUL
We hope you always believe something wonderful is about to happen.
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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.

Aron is a Chicago native who enjoys creating poetry, music, songs, and visual artworks.Through his art, Aron expresses what it feels like to “live between realities so that it can become a shared experience and not something stigmatized.” He also uses art to portray how he sees people treating each other and the earth to “bring awareness to humanity.”

 Our featured MyCounterpane writer is Carmen Massel. You can read her journal entry here.

GET INVOLVED

2ND ANNUAL PADDLE BATTLE:

You can turn the tables on stigma. Set Up Your Tournament Today!

REAL CHATS with Jen Burch Coming Soon:

Check out these clips from our upcoming REAL CHATS with Jen Burch. Jen is a retired SSgt. in the U.S. Air force and an amazing mental health advocate. You can also watch Jen in the documentary, Acronym.

 

We want YOU!

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

• PROJECT PREVENT ™ Project Manager

RSVP before Friday, March 11th:

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!

ICYMI

Our Founders Hard At Work:

Brandon Marshall Returns to Denver to Share His Story as seen in The Denver Post reported by Nicki Jhabvala

Brandon Marshall, the former Broncos and current Jets wide receiver, returned to a familiar place Friday evening with a few familiar faces to tell a familiar tale. But this time he hoped to write a new headline.

Mental health advocates go crazy over Bernie Sanders’ joke as seen in the New York Post reported by David K. Li

Sanders quipped Sunday night during the Democratic debate that, if elected president, he was going to invest a lot of money into mental health zinging: “And when you watch these Republican debates, you know why we need to invest in that.”

How NYC Is Tackling The Mental Health Crisis as seen in Pix11 reported by PIX11

Chirlane McCray and the deputy commissioner for the department of health and mental hygiene, Dr. Gary Belkin spoke on PIX11 Morning News on how the city is working to turn those numbers around.

Teachers Must Be Very Careful When Intervening as seen in TES reported by Natasha Devon

In the past three years, hospitalizations of young people in Britain presenting with eating disorders and self-harm have doubled.

You can check out The Chatter, Volume 31 here.

Mark Your Calendar:

Our next ambassador conference call is on March 23, 2016 at 10AM CDT. Join the call and be a PROJECT 375 ambassador.

Join at https://www.gotomeet.me/EmilyThieme
You can also dial in using your phone
United States: 1 (669) 224 3412

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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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