Announcing the Focus Speaker Series in Partnership with JFCS

Announcing the Focus Speaker Series in Partnership with JFCS

LEAD Pittsburgh, in partnership with Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS), is pleased to announce a new speaker series–FOCUS (For Our Children and US). The series will address topics relevant to parents and caring adults focusing on both children’s mental health and that of the adults in their lives.

Please join us for out inaugural event, which will be held on Monday, October 22 from 7pm to 8pm at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Squirrel Hill. Our discussion will focus on the link between our physical space and emotional well-being and how to scan both for ways to improve self-care and mental health for ourselves and our families.

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LEAD Featured at Jazz Event

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. 

Click here to view the Jazz Event flyer.

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Behavior Business Radio Show

Behavior Business Radio Show

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkaCo5Nd5Bw

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Guest Writer Dan Esterly: Mental Health as a Process

Guest Writer Dan Esterly: Mental Health as a Process

Visit Dan’s website here: www.danesterly.comWhile 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. Continue reading

Guest Writer Dan Esterly: Going to Counseling

Guest Writer Dan Esterly: Going to Counseling

Visit Dan’s website here: www.danesterly.comCounseling 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. Continue reading

Asking Your Feelings to Tea: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

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. 

Patricia then asked us to list our least favorite feelings: angry, sad, disappointed, underappreciated, overwhelmed.  Then, we drew these feelings.  At first, it was a little hard to know where to start, but soon the feelings took over and we had some great pictures.  Some were optimistic and some were upset, but it was cathartic to be able to put a “face” to the feeling. 

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