Our new playlist, “PROJECT HUMAN”
Don’t allow your wounds to turn you into a person you are not.
Please give it a spin here if you’re a Spotify listener.
Quote of the week:
“A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support. No one would feel embarrassed about seeking help for a child if they broke their arm — and we really should be equally ready to support a child coping with emotional difficulties.”
– Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
We’ve known about the mental health potential of psychedelic drugs for some time now. Past research has shown that mentally ill patients who used LSD or other psychedelic drugs saw a reduction in suicidal thoughts and psychological distress. Another study published in 2013 concluded that psychedelics have “lasting” health benefits for mental health.
Our Expert Opinion:
“No drug is completely safe, and that includes medical drugs as well as illegal substances,” he said. “But we have well-developed and universally respected methods of assessing the balance of benefit and harm for new medicines. If there are claims of benefits from substances that are not regulated medicines – even including illegal drugs – it is important that they should be tested as thoroughly for efficacy and safety as any new conventional drug.”
-Professor Colin Blakemore, a former Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council
A PROJECT 375 Perspective:
This study shows that often, vacating one’s mind through alternative therapies helps alleviate the pain caused by disorders such as PTSD or anxiety due to terminal illness. The stigma surrounding this idea, like most stigma, is brought on by stereotypical ignorance; at the root of this particular study, we have to keep in mind that at the end of the day, research shows suffering patients suffered less with the help of these therapies.
-Laura Radcliffe, Design Consultant, PROJECT 375
Real Chat: Let’s talk about it
We are excited to bring you another Real Chat!
This week’s story is from Ericka Wagner, who is the proud mother of daughter Claire. She is an esthetician and loves when she can find time for her artwork. Here family lives in the beautiful mountains of Utah.
PROJECT 375: When you wake up in the morning do you know what kind of day you are going to have?
ERICKA WAGNER: My mornings are insane, and are never the same. I’m almost always woken up by Claire who likes to mess with me to no end by not having a regular schedule. I’m usually fairly balanced in the morning and can keep that frame of mind through the day a lot. It really doesn’t take much to trigger my anxiety though.
Find the full Real Chat here.
For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme atE.email@example.com.
Men, Women and Depression
There are many physical and emotional differences between men and women. When it comes to depression, those differences are extremely important. Understanding the gender differences with the disorder could be the key to finding the most effective treatment. Here are a few of the most common differences in depression for both men and women.
First lady Chirlane McCray & her plan for NYC
A $30 million experiment in training non-professionals to provide mental health help in New York City will focus on people who work with parents of small children, the unemployed poor and young people who aren’t in work or school. The target populations flesh out plans to explore whether non-professionals can form a psychological front line in the nation’s biggest city. It’s part of first lady Chirlane McCray’s campaign to highlight mental wellness as a public health priority.
19 Mental Health Statistics You Need to Know
Whether you’re aware of it or not, chances are you know someone who has been personally affected by a mental health disorder. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and other mental health disorders are growing in numbers. And while mental illness is starting to be considered the serious medical condition that it is, when it comes to healthcare, we still have a long way to go before mental health patients are treated with the respect afforded physical health patients. Research shows there’s still stigma surrounding these disorders.
Run with us!
As you know, we celebrate strength here at PROJECT 375. That’s why we’ve issued a challenge to the mental health advocacy community: Run with us! We’re organizing a team in honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct. 4-10, and we are training for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Brooklyn.
Please show your support for our mission by making a donation,running with us in Brooklyn or tracking your run through mapmyrun. Complete details are on our website. Let’s all share the journey on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by using #IAmAware of #RUNP375.
- September is National Suicide Prevention Month. (nami.org)
- Over 800,000 people die by suicide every year. (WHO)
- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-44 years. (WHO)
- Suicide among males is 4x’s higher than among females. Male deaths represent 79% of all US suicides. (CDC)
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,
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