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Quote of the week:
“You’ll have more ordinary days than spectacular ones. Enjoy both.”
– Brandon Marshall

Breaking News

The Story:

Predicting suicide through blood tests 
Scientists took a major step forward in predictive technology this week with the development of a system of blood tests and an app that they say can predict with more than 90 percent accuracy whether someone will start thinking about suicide or attempt it.

Our expert opinion:

“These are both very exciting and challenging times in the field of psychiatry and mental health. It is progressively well appreciated that diseases of brain and behavior are among the most pressing global public health issues. To provide some context for the challenge by scale, more than 1 in 3 people will experience a psychiatric disease in their lifetime and more than 60 million Americans are afflicted by mental illness each year. Essentially every one of us is impacted in some way, whether by suffering from an illness ourselves or grappling with its consequences in a friend or loved one.” Scott Rauch, MD, President and Psychiatrist in Chief for McLean Hospital

A PROJECT 375 perspective:

“Every day I stumble upon an organization or individual doing something extraordinary in the mental health community. Today is no exception. While I cannot weigh in on the validity of the study or the findings, I do believe that just undertaking the project is exceptional and deserving of praise. What a remarkable concept – it is seemingly in lock step with the Child Mind Institute Healthy Brain Network initiative. I cannot help but wonder if the President’s Grand Challenge BRAIN, announced in April of

2012, is aware of these two projects.” – Jennifer Pool, President of PROJECT 375

Real Chat: Let’s talk about it

We are excited to bring you another Real Chat!

This week’s story is from Geoff Gorewitz, a married father of three from Saugus, Massachusetts. Geoff lives with depression and loves spending time with his family.

PROJECT 375: Tell us about your favorite Daddy/Daughter date.

Geoff Gorewitz: My favorite Daddy/Daughter date is wherever she chooses as long as I am with her, but it usually always involves food. We love spending time together over a nice burger or ice cream, and sometimes we will find an arcade to go play some games. She really does keep me grounded and at 8 years old she knows when to say things and just what to say. She is wise beyond her years and she gets me. Not many people in my life have ‘gotten me’ like she does and I am so blessed to have her as

my daughter.

Find the full Real Chat here.

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

Want More?

Antidepressant Paxil is unsafe for teenagers, new analysis says
That study — featured prominently by the journal BMJ — is a clear break from scientific custom and reflects a new era in scientific publishing, some experts said, opening the way for journals to post multiple interpretations of the same experiment. It comes at a time of self-examination across science — retractions are at an all-time high; recent cases of fraud have shaken fields as diverse as anesthesia and political science; and earlier this month researchers reported that less than half of a sample of psychology papers held up.
  
What to do when your boss has a mental illness
It is important to know that someone in a position of leadership and authority can have a mental illness. No one is inoculated from mental health challenges. Working for someone who has a mental health challenge can be very disconcerting, causing you as an employee to feel overwhelmed by not knowing how to handle the situation. Taking action can be very difficult because unlike an employee, a leader/manager could retaliate if she feels threatened by an employee. Even though there is risk in dealing with someone who has a mental health challenge while possessing formal or legitimate power in the workplace, something has to be done when it impacts performance or causes disruptions in the workplace.
  
The bags helping people will mental health issues
“I needed a practical kit at the end of my fingertips so as soon as I noticed the intrusive thought I could engage with something to help me ride the wave of that feeling and significantly reduce or remove the risk of self-harm. Very soon, I realized that this was something I want to share to help others struggling in the same way as me.” Rogers set up a crowd funding page and, with family and friends, tried to boost funds in a range of ways, from car boots to bake sales.

Run with us!

We are just over one week away!

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, the PROJECT 375 team is running in the Brooklyn Rock n Roll Half Marathon on October 10th and we need your support.

Your donation to Team PROJECT 375 of $37.50 or more will help support the development of important Mental Health Awareness Initiatives.

These initiatives include:

1. The ongoing development of MyCounterpane.com/mentalhealth and one year of access for one person. MyCounterpane.com/mentalhealth is a fully integrated digital journal experience to document an individual’s mental health and daily progress in dealing with their mental illness or that of a loved one. The community is designed for individuals to connect with others on similar emotional journeys. MyCounterpane will continue to facilitate emotional awareness. Visit mycounterpane.com/mentalhealth.

2. The creation of “The Chatterbox,” fueled by PROJECT PREVENT and Child Mind Institute. The Chatterbox empowers kids to explore mental health, express their feelings, and ask for help when they need it.

Thank you for your support!

Complete details are on our website. Let’s all share the journey on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by using #IAmAware of #RUNP375.

The Facts

  • ADHD affects about 4.1% of American adults in a given year. (NIMH)
  • At least half of all cases of bipolar disorder start before the age of 25. (NIMH)
  • Mental and substance abuse disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. (WHO)
  • All ranks of Girl Scouts can now work towards a Mental Health Awareness patch! (TheMighty.com)
  • Mental Health Awareness Week is October 11th-17th! (Psychology Today)
  •  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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