Our new playlist, “PROJECT LONELY”
“I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.” – Robin Williams
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Quote of the week:
“It took putting one foot in front of the other every single day to get through it to the point where I made it back on the team and won a gold medal in 2008. You’re always going to survive the pain of loss.”
–Hope Solo, USA Soccer, on depression
When Michael Kamins opened the letter from his insurer, he was enraged. His 20-year old son recently had been hospitalized twice with bipolar disorder and rescued from the brink of suicide, he said. Now, the insurer said he had improved and it was no longer medically necessary for the young man to see his psychiatrist two times a week. The company would pay for two visits per month.
“There was steam coming out of my ears,” Kamins recalled, his face reddening at the memory of that day in June 2012. “This is my kid’s life!”
Our Expert Opinion:
“Right now we’re trapped in a stage where we wait for a crisis, when they’re in advanced stages, and then we treat it, and we wonder why it’s so hard to treat it more cheaply.”-Paul Gionfriddo, Mental Health America’s chief executive
A PROJECT 375 Perspective:
“Reading CNN’s recent article on Mental Health Parity Laws, one can’t help but feel incredible frustration at roadblocks Michael Kamins and other mental health parents and patients face when trying to receive adequate care through medical insurance. As the article describes, lack of enforcement of parity laws leave families struggling to cover necessary mental health costs. What is most frustrating for me is the idea of “Fail First” being applied to mental health treatments. Patients facing other medical issues are not required to try other procedures before receiving their doctor’s recommended treatment plan. For me, the Health Insurers’ response of mental health treatments as “not a math formula” pinpoints an overall issue with medical coverage in general…no treatment plan should be a math formula. Patients and their doctors should have autonomy on treatment plans that reflect their own desires—it should not be a case of incentivizing the denial of coverage, specifically with this strong bias towards mental health patients.” – Marie Tierney, PROJECT 375 Ambassador
Real Chat: Let’s talk about it
We are excited to bring you another Real Chat!
This week’s story is from Dimple Patel, who is a current doctoral student studying Clinical Psychology at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is a member of PROJECT 375’s Associate Board and an avid supporter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
PROJECT 375: What’s been your biggest challenge as you’ve dealt with the loss of your mother to suicide?
Dimple Patel: One of my biggest challenges back then was how to adjust to life in my early twenties without my mother. During this time I was in my very first graduate level course in a masters program. I was scared and felt completely lost. I did not know how to handle it and reached out to my professor and the chair of the program to tell them what happened. It was their support and guidance that kept me going. I took their advice and went to the counseling center on campus for a short time.
Find the full Real Chat here.
For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme at E.email@example.com.
Unemployed youth at risk for mental health problems
A new UK study finds that young people who are not employed, or not in an educational setting or receiving vocational training (NEET), are vulnerable to mental health problems, despite a strong work ethic. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, Duke University and the University of California say that the current generation of young people face the worst job prospects in decades.
Digital mental health therapies work, but must be refined
A large body of clinical research shows that web-based and phone applications can treat depression and anxiety. These applications — called behavioral intervention technologies (B.I.T.s) — differ in style from traditional face-to-face forms of therapy, but the aim is the same: to help people understand their difficulties, and take steps to reduce symptoms. To do this, most B.I.T.s include straightforward steps for improved wellbeing, as well as interactive features, which build cognitive and behavioral skills that identify and challenge negative thinking patterns.
Bell increases Canadian mental health funding to $100 million
“Canadians have fully embraced the mental health cause, reaching out to those who struggle, making their own voices and stories heard, fighting the stigma around mental illness while also driving Bell Let’s Talk action in anti-stigma, care, research and workplace programs by getting engaged,” said George Cope, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada. “Most Canadians, especially young people, say they’ve seen a significant, positive change in awareness and attitudes around mental health in the last 5 years. But as we celebrate our collective progress, it’s also clear to all that much work remains. We have momentum in mental health, so let’s keep the conversation going. On behalf of everyone involved in Bell Let’s Talk, I am proud to announce a 5-year extension of the initiative and an increase in Bell’s funding commitment to $100 million or more, based on the continued engagement of Canadians in Bell Let’s Talk Day.”
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.
- Most people who have BPD suffer from problems with regulating emotions and thoughts, impulsive and reckless behavior and unstable relationships with others.(NIMH)
- ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. The average age of onset is 7 years old. (NIMH)
- OCD affects about 2.2 million American adults. It strikes men and women in roughly equal numbers and usually appears in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. One-third of adults with OCD develop symptoms as children, and research indicates that OCD might run in families. (NIMH)
- Social phobia affects about 15 million American adults.(NIMH)
- Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. (NIMH)
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