Rep. Murt to host Minding Your Mind Forum in Hatboro

Sep 6, 2017

To the Editor:

The start of the new school year is always an exciting time and full of anticipation and hope. It can bring with it concerns by parents and students about how stressful school life is at times. In the context of school, children can face enormous pressure to achieve good grades, to fit-in socially, to avoid incidents of bullying, to make athletic teams and to have a good school year. These concerns can be anxiety-provoking for students and their parents.

In response to these concerns, I will be hosting an informational community forum called “Minding Your Mind” to discuss these and other issues, including suicide. The forum will be led by a licensed social worker who has a great deal of experience in these issues and others.

Our forum will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. It will take place at the Hatboro Community Church, 730 Preston Lane, Hatboro. For additional information, please call my office at 215-674-3755. The public is invited to this free program and no advance registration is needed.

— state Rep. Thomas P. Murt, R-152
www.repmurt.com

Come To Me Campaign for National Suicide Prevention Month

Bill Savage, St. Joe’s Prep ’13 and Vanderbilt University ’17, has launched the second year of the Come To Me Campaign to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Inspired by his former lacrosse teammate and best friend at St. Joe’s Prep, Joe Walsh, Savage created the Come To Me Campaign to illuminate the depth and breadth of the support network that college students have if they are anxious or depressed. Members of the school community were given orange bracelets with “Come To Me” on the outside and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on the inside. If a student was feeling alone or in distress, he or she could easily identify someone ready and willing to offer support. In its first year, Come To Me distributed over 7,000 wristbands on the Vanderbilt University campus, and inspired Come To Me programs at eight other universities, engaging nearly 25,000 students, faculty, and visiting parents.

This year, Come To Me Campaign has launched its own website and prepared a challenge in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month (September 2017). Individuals and groups can order bracelets through September 15 and create an awareness campaign to distribute them on school campuses or through community organizations. Please visit the Come To Me Campaign website for more information and to order your bracelets today.

“13 Reasons Why” Recommended Resources

The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” has been a popular topic of conversation among adolescents, teens, and their parents both in person and all over social media.

The series has been praised by some for raising the issue of teenage suicide and providing a starting point for parents and children to have some important conversations. In contrast, it has been criticized by some mental health advocates and groups that it may glamorize “revenge suicide” and does not address the mental health component that is present in 90% of suicides.

Individuals who choose to watch this show should do so with the full understanding that it is a work of fiction. Throughout the process, parents and adults should have open conversation and honest discussions with adolescents and teens about the realities of suicide and mental health. These discussions should not be limited to this series and should continue on a regular basis.

Please use the link below to access articles recommended by Minding Your Mind:

What Viewers Should Consider, Victor Schwartz, MD

Talking Points for Viewing and Discussing “13 Reasons Why” , JED Foundation and Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

“13 Reasons Why” Should Parents Be Concerned About This Netflix Series?, Nationwide Children’s Hospital

“13 Reasons Why” Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators, National Association of School Psychologists

For Families of Teens at Suicide Risk, “13 Reasons” Raises Concerns, New York Times

Please share the following information on websites, social media, and in communications with members of your community, and encourage parents to enter the numbers into all family cell phones:


If you or someone you know is in crisis or is feeling suicidal, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline  800-273-TALK (8255) . Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day to speak with and provide support.

or

Crisis Text Line: Text “Start” to 741-741

Free, 24/7 confidential support provided by trained volunteers.

MYM’s Melissa Harrison Speaks with Fox29 Good Day about “13 Reasons Why”

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The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” has been a popular topic of conversation among adolescents, teens, and their parents all over social media since its premier on March 31. The show is based on the novel of the same name by Jay Asher, which tells the story of Clay Jenson and his experience in discovering why his friend and crush, Hannah Baker, ended her life by suicide.

The series has been praised by some for raising the issue of teenage suicide and providing a starting point for parents and children to have some important conversations. In contrast, it has been criticized by some mental health advocates and groups that it may glamorize “revenge suicide” and does not address the mental health component that is present in 90% of suicides.

Minding Your Mind’s Melissa Harrison, MA, LPC, founder of The Center for Hope and Health in Ardmore, PA, participated in a segment on Fox29 Good Day that discussed the program and spoke to the topic at hand. Please use the link below to watch:

4.19.17 Melissa Harrison on Fox29 Good Day discussing “13 Reasons Why”

 

Our friends at the Jed Foundation and SAVE have put together important talking points that you can use to support these discussions. Please follow this link to review them, as well as download and print to keep on hand:

13 Reasons Why: Tips for Viewing & Discussing New Netflix Series


It is Minding Your Mind’s mission to provide educational programs that will spark conversations about mental health. It is our hope that within the dialogue taking place as a result of this program the message that nobody is alone and there is help available is one that people make a priority in these discussions.

MYM Speaker Drew Bergman a Finalist for 2016 Philly Health Hero

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Minding Your Mind’s very own Drew Bergman is one of four finalists for the BeWellPhilly 2016 Health Hero challenge!

He is the only finalist whose platform is directly related to mental health. If Drew wins this challenge, it will bring much-needed attention and awareness to the importance of making mental health as much of a priority as physical health.

You can use this link to read about Drew, watch a video of him speaking about his advocacy, and vote from October 24 – November 7, once every 24 hours. We hope that you will consider taking the time to show your support of our amazing speaker and his mission to change the conversation around mental health. He already is a hero in our eyes – let’s make it official!

Keep Sound Minds President Becomes Part of Minding Your Mind

After eight years of substantive and relevant work within New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the founders and board of directors of Keep Sound Minds (KSM) have made the decision to dissolve the foundation and end outreach and other efforts in the near future.

Based in New Hampshire, the nonprofit charity was founded in 2008 by Danielle and Ken Lambert after the tragic and untimely deaths of their children and Danielle’s sister. KSM’s main goals included mental health awareness, often focusing on suicide prevention projects and programs. Over the past eight years, KSM has worked alongside many quality charitable mental health and advocacy groups. As such, KSM will be donating their remaining net assets to Minding Your Mind, as well as the following like-minded organizations:

Samaritans of Greater Boston: Samaritans has been providing compassionate suicide prevention programs for 40 years. Samaritans’ mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by alleviating despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in the Greater Boston community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide.

The Connor’s Climb Foundation: The mission of The Connor’s Climb Foundation (CCF) is to provide educational programs directed toward preventing suicide. It does this by raising awareness, reducing stigma, and equipping youth, educators, and communities with tools and resources focused on the vulnerable age group of 10-24 year olds.

Treatment Advocacy Center: the Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness. The organization promotes laws, policies, and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supports the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

“There is a time for everything, in life and in organizations, and we feel that now is the right time to dissolve Keep Sound Minds,” states co-founder Ken Lambert. “While there is still much to do in the realm of mental health awareness and education, Danielle and I, along with our board of directors, feel strongly that KSM made a positive impact in our communities. We want to sincerely thank all of the volunteers, supporters, and donors that have enabled KSM to exist and thrive all these years. It takes a lot to run a charity, but we know that we helped many people over the course of our work. We would not trade this experience, as we have met and spoken to many wonderful people.”

The KSM website and Facebook page will remain up and running for a short time, providing updates on programs provided by Minding Your Mind and the other organizations listed above.

Lambert has been named to the Massachusetts Advisory Board for Minding Your Mind, an organization whose mission it is to provide mental health education that can break the silence and end the stigma and destructive behaviors associated with mental health issues. “We are honored that Ken has chosen us to continue Danielle’s and his legacy of mental health education and suicide prevention in Massachusetts,” says Trish Larsen, executive director for Minding Your Mind. “Ken will be an incredible guide for us with his thoughtful insight and passion to ensure the youth of today have the understanding to change the world of tomorrow.”

Minding Your Mind is hosting a “Meet Minding Your Mind” event on November 16, 2016, 7:00PM at the Newton Free Library. This event is open to the public and will feature a panel discussion with Lambert and Minding Your Mind young adult speakers. To register for this free event visit: mindingyourmind.org/events