Sheila Fine Article in ACMS Bulletin
An article submitted by Sheila Fine is published in the most recent issue of the Allegheny County Medical Society’s Bulletin (June 2018). Read the “Special Report” here.
Past Bulletin issues are available at this link: https://www.acms.org/bulletin/bullhigh.html
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
The Drive to Motivate: Coffee and Connect Takeaways
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.
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.
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.
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.