LEAD Featured at Jazz Event

LEAD Pittsburgh was the featured nonprofit at the Rivers Club “Wednesday Night Live” Jazz event on May 9, 2018.  Jazz singer Jessica Lee brought together LEAD, local artist Julie Shymansky, and amazing jazz musicians and guest singers for an evening of art and music, giving LEAD the opportunity to raise awareness and educate those in attendance about depression, knowing the signs, and resilience. 

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Behavior Business Radio Show

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On May 13, 2018 during Mental Health Awareness Month, LEAD Pittsburgh discussed depression, stigma, advocacy and resilience on Dan Esterly’s radio show—Behavior Business—broadcast from Point Park University’s downtown studio.  Listen to the conversation below:

Guest Writer Dan Esterly: Mental Health as a Process

Visit Dan’s website here: www.danesterly.com

While the conversations have been initiated, it is going to take a lot of work to end the stigma surrounding mental health.  Situations where we feel vulnerable can often trigger feelings of anxiety.  We are constantly reminded of this fear in everyday situations, such as going on a first date, and already stressing about how your issues with mental health may affect the relationship.  It is difficult to communicate these feelings to others and expect them to understand, while we often do not fully understand these feelings ourselves. 

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Guest Writer Dan Esterly: Going to Counseling

Visit Dan’s website here: www.danesterly.com

Counseling can be intimidating to a lot of people.  If you have never been to counseling before, you may not know what to expect and be nervous to be so vulnerable with someone who is practically a stranger.  We all know the stereotype of lying on a couch spilling your inner-most feelings while a doctor sits and nods silently.  While therapists want you to be comfortable, they also want to be engaging and helpful. 

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Asking Your Feelings to Tea: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

This was the final Coffee and Connect of Season 2 (Season 3 to start this fall!). Patricia began by asking us to list some of our current feelings:  tired, excited, relaxed, hopeful, anxious, stressed.  These are all typical feelings at the end of a long work day.  She then asked us where we felt these feelings physically- something we don’t often realize, even though we feel it every day.  Some felt relaxed in their shoulders and lungs, some felt anxious in their stomachs, others felt stress in their head and neck.  These sensations are not new to us, yet it was interesting to connect inner-emotion with physical feeling and truly understanding the effects that our emotions can have on our bodies. 

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The Three SC’s of Wellness: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

Wellness is so much more than physical fitness and general health.  Mental wellness also falls into this category.  In this Coffee and Connect, we discussed the 3SC’s of Wellness: Self-Care, Self-Compassion, and Support Circles.  We often get so caught up in daily tasks that we often forget to take care of our own mental health, and we discussed why that happens and how we can combat those issues. 

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