In this New Year’s message, I’d like to share thoughts about three factors of behavioral health that have particular meaning to LEAD: Awareness, Prevention and Access.
The Reel Teens Pittsburgh (with the support of LEAD Pittsburgh) held their Facebook Live town hall on November 9th. A panel of experts answered questions about teens and mental health while teen moderators watched social media feedback and contributed to the conversation about young people and their experiences with depression and anxiety.
If you missed the live event, follow up posts titled “Continuing the Conversation” can be found at sova.pitt.edu/category/educateyourself. Also, if you have questions you would like answered on the SOVA blog, send those questions to their team at email@example.com.
LEAD just hosted its eighth Coffee and Connect, which discussed how to manage stress in the face of difficult transitions. Here are some of the takeaways from the event:
Speakers: Sara Kyles and Jaquala Lowrey
Join LEAD Pittsburgh on November 3rd at 6:30pm at the Oakland Starbucks on Forbes & Atwood for a discussion on becoming a “transition magician.” Through the discussion, we hope to learn how to decrease anxiety when faced with difficult transitions.
The event will be hosted by Sara Kyles and Jaquala Lowrey. Sara is a child and behavioral health therapist at the Children’s Institute and a LEAD Pittsburgh fellow. She holds a masters in clinical-community psychology. Jaquala is an integrated school outreach specialist at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. She holds a masters in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.
Community Health: Building Our Ecosystem of Support
Join Steel Smiling on October 25th from 6:00PM – 8:30PM for their fourth community conversation. The conversation will take place at the UrbanKind Institute (212 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15210), which is easily accessible by bus.
LEAD Pittsburgh has partnered with the Reel Teens of Steeltown Entertainment Project to facilitate a Facebook Live event for teens. The entire live broadcast will last about 30 minutes, and will consist of two parts:
Google has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to increase the public’s access to the PHQ-9, a clinically validated screening questionnaire which assesses the taker’s possible level of depression.
Google users in the U.S. who search “clinical depression” via a mobile device will be prompted to take the test. The results serve as a reference point and can spur the test taker to have a more informed conversation with their doctor, leading to sooner treatment of possible depression.
LEAD just hosted its seventh Coffee and Connect, which discussed how improving our physical health can have positive effects on our mental health. Here are some of the main takeaways from the event:
Speaker: Danyelle Hooks