Our new playlist, “PROJECT HAPPY”
Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect, it means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfection.
Please give it a spin here if you’re a Spotify listener.
Quote of the week:
“It’s just so bizarre how in this world if you have asthma, you take asthma medication. If you have diabetes, you take diabetes medication. But as soon as you have to take medicine for your mind, it’s such a stigma behind it. Why?” – Jennifer Lawrence
The demand for psychiatrists is becoming a more pressing issue for state and federal lawmakers and has contributed to an expansion of insurance coverage of telehealth to increase access to mental health services in shortage areas. Companies who recruit doctors for health facilities say psychiatrists are almost as desired as primary care doctors, which have for years been the most in-demand physicians in the healthcare labor market.
“Our fourth most-frequently placed provider so far this year is psychiatrists,” Jim Stone, president of The Medicus Firm, said in a statement.
Our Expert Opinion:
“There remain issues of stigma around mental disorders. The people who suffer most from that are the patients, but we still see cases where psychiatry is devalued by some in the medical profession.”-Dr. Darrell Kirch, president of the Medical Colleges Association
A PROJECT 375 Perspective:
“My perspective is that the country needs to continue to promote the issue of mental health and how big of a problem it really is. I think what PROJECT 375 is doing is exactly what other organizations and large corporations need to do. I think people just don’t know how big of an issue mental health really is. I feel as though if people see how big of an issue it is, more people will want go into the field and treat people that face mental health issues. I believe the reason that there is a shortage in the first place is because people are not aware of the issue and that is where organizations like ours come in to promote and start the conversation around mental health.” – Sagar Patel, Associate Board Member, Project 375
Real Chat: Let’s talk about it
We are excited to bring you another Real Chat!
This week’s story is from Mindy Lee, who is the new mother of 5 month old daughter Karma and wife to husband Daniel.
She lives in Oregon.
PROJECT 375: When you wake up in the morning do you know what kind of day you are going to have?
MINDY LEE: I never know what kind of day I will have, that’s one of the unpredictable things about PTSD even
if I wake up feeling good I never know what might happen in the day. On the other hand if I wake up after having night terrors or nightmares it sets me up for a rough start, but I always do my best to turn it around when I feel bad. I am fortunate to have a lot of great support from my husband Daniel. He helps me so much!
Find the full Real Chat here.
For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme at E.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health & Work
The number of employees speaking up about mental health problems is on the rise. More than two fifths of employers say they have seen an increase in cases reported by staff of conditions such as depression and anxiety, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). For employers, this knowledge brings with it responsibilities that are set out in the Equality Act 2010. These begin at the recruitment process, which must be sure not to discriminate against those with disabilities, whether physical or mental.
Thomas Insel Heads To Google
THOMAS INSEL is the longest-serving director of the National Institute of Mental Health since the agency’s founder, which is especially remarkable given how much Insel likes to shake things up. Since 2002, he’s been trying to reshape the understanding of mental illness from inside the walls of academia and the government. So his departure for the the life sciences company within Alphabet (formerly Google), announced today, makes a lot of sense. Insel has been upending mental health research from within; now he might get to disrupt it from without.
Suzy Favor Hamilton Reclaims a Life Rerouted By Mental Illness
She was no longer the former world-class runner who had failed to medal in any of her three trips to the Olympics. No longer the unfocused 40-year-old mother who struggled to keep up with work at the Wisconsin real estate brokerage she owned with her husband. No longer the depressed woman who had nearly run her car off the road a few months earlier in the hopes of ending her own life.
Run with us!
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.
Complete details are on our website. Let’s all share the journey on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by using #IAmAware of #RUNP375.
- 6.8 percent of U.S. adults and 5.5 percent of 13- to 15-year-olds are annually afflicted with social anxiety disorder. (NIMH)
- 3.1% of adults reported serious psychological distress in the past 30 days. (CDC)
- ADHD affects about 4.1% 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 use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. (WHO)
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 email@example.com.
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