LEAD Receives Benjamin Rush Community Organization Award

LEAD Receives Benjamin Rush Community Organization Award

On February 24, 2018 the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation recognized LEAD Pittsburgh by awarding our organization the Benjamin Rush Community Organization Award at their “Celebration of Excellence” Gala.  

This award is given each year to an organization on behalf of the 3,000 physician members of the Allegheny County Medical Society in appreciation of outstanding contributions made to public health. 

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Coffee and Connect April 2018

Coffee and Connect April 2018

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on April 12th at 6:30pm at the Oakland Starbucks on Forbes and Atwood for a discussion about the “asking your feelings to tea”. Through the discussion, we will learn more about how to look our feelings in the eye and the necessary and informative role that emotions play in our lives.

The event will be hosted by Patricia Boswell, a Licensed Professional Counselor with 37 years of experience. Patricia understands it takes courage to feel what is real

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Coffee and Connect March 2018

Coffee and Connect March 2018

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on March 20th at 6:30pm at the Oakland Starbucks on Forbes and Atwood for a discussion about the Drive to Motivate. Through the discussion, we will learn more about how to find what makes us go and how to help others do the same.

The event will be hosted by Dan Esterly, M.S., MBA- Behavioral Economist and Ph.D. student. In addition, Dan is the host of “Behavior Business,” a radio show on WPPJ radio and 670 AM through Point Park University that connects mental health with the business world. Dan serves on the board of directors and board of development committee for the Glade Run Foundation, and also is advising on the Education Workforce Development Committee & State of the Practice Committee sponsored by the Arm Institute and U.S. Government.

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

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. 

Self-Care

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Doing More to Feel Better: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

Doing More to Feel Better: Coffee and Connect Takeaways

It is easy to get lost in the after-holiday buzz of back to work or back to school chaos.  There are tasks that need to be completed, and they often take precedence over our own self-care, until we often find ourselves feeling down or depressed.  So why don’t we allow ourselves to make the time to do things for ourselves in order to feel better? 

During this Coffee and Connect, we took the time to write down some of our own “Personal Medicines,” or things that have importance and bring structure to our lives in order to feel better, such as exercise, volunteering, or a little pampering.  Then, we identified the “Active Ingredient,” the reason this activity helps us, whether it be a reward for a job well-done, or a way to stay grounded. 

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Coffee and Connect February 2018

Coffee and Connect February 2018

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on February 27th at 6:30pm at the Amos Hall Starbucks on Fifth Avenue for a discussion about the three SC’s of wellness. Through the discussion, we will learn more about self-care, self-compassion, and support circles.

The event will be hosted by Julius Boatwright, the Founding CEO of Steel Smiling (steelsmilingpgh.org). In addition to being a Licensed Master Social Worker, Julius is certified in Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health. Among Julius’ various credentials and accolades, he was honored as a 40 Under 40 Awardee by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP. Julius obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Master of Social Work degree with a Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Coffee and Connect January 2018

Coffee and Connect January 2018

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on January 24th at 6:30pm at the Oakland Starbucks on Forbes & Atwood for a discussion about an easy New Year’s Resolution. Through the discussion, we will learn how simply doing more can make you feel better.

The event will be hosted by Vicki Fetterman, a licensed social worker with a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the ENGAGE First Episode Psychosis Program TeamLead for Wesley Family Services and a Housing Coordinator for Family House. Ms. Fetterman has previously worked at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and Carlow University.

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