Coffee and Connect November 3

Coffee and Connect November 3

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.

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Coffee & Connect 6

Coffee & Connect 6

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on April 21st at 6:30pm at the Starbucks on Forbes & Atwood for a discussion about cleaning out the mental cobwebs in our mind. Through the discussion, we hope to tap into the spirit of spring cleaning to bolster our mental health.

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Coffee and Connect 5

Coffee and Connect 5

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on March 10th at 6:30pm at the Amos Hall Starbucks on Fifth Avenue for a discussion about the inner motivations that drive our outward behaviors. Through the discussion, we hope to learn more about healthy ways to get what we want out of life.

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The Difficulties of Diagnosing and Treating Depression

The Difficulties of Diagnosing and Treating Depression

Using survey data by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, researchers found disheartening results about depression treatment. Depression is often not correctly diagnosed, and even when it is, depression often goes untreated.

According to the survey results, only 28.7% of those with depression received any treatment. In addition, of those being treated for depression, only 29.9% were actually clinically depressed.

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Coffee and Connect 3

Coffee and Connect 3

Join LEAD Pittsburgh on January 17th at the Starbucks at Forbes & Shady in Squirrel Hill for a discussion about maximizing your energy. Through the discussion, we hope to develop strategies to combat stress and increase focus.

The event will be hosted by Angie Lusk, the Director of Wellness Initiatives at Carnegie Mellon University. Ms Lusk enjoys focusing on holistic well-being, mindful living, and energy management in her work at Carnegie Mellon. She holds a Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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LEAD Attends Expo for Mental Health Awareness Month

LEAD Attends Expo for Mental Health Awareness Month

On May 5th, LEAD attended the Allegheny Family Network’s sixth annual mental health expo in Downtown Pittsburgh. LEAD surveyed professionals and families to learn their thoughts about children’s mental health, and had an interactive sentiments board to reflect feelings about depression.

LEAD was happy to participate in this community building event!

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Coffee Houses as “The Third Place”

Coffee Houses as “The Third Place”

LEAD Pittsburgh’s Zersha Munir reports on different aspects of coffee houses including community, lifestyle, social interaction, and health, all framed by the concept of “the third place.” Read the article here.Urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg speaks to the importance of public gathering places through his developed concept of “the third place.” His theory states that there are three places in a person’s life: work, home, and the third being a place of leisure outside of these two, where one can go to relax and socialize. Popular examples of “the third place” include parks, community centers, and coffee shops. Continue reading