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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
This Coffee and Connect helped us to identify what specifically motivates us. After
creating a list of motivators, we were able to define which ones were internal and external.
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.
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.
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?
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.