Minding Your Mind Presents Mental Health Education Program at Aon Empower Results Day

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Minding Your Mind participated in the Aon Empower Results Day with a 90-minute presentation designed to educate adults on basic mental health issues and how they impact daily life in the workplace, at home, and during interactions with others.

Sheila Gillin, LCSW and clinical director for Minding Your Mind, opened the discussion with information about the most common causes and effects of stress and anxiety, negative and positive coping skills, the symptoms of depression, what is considered a crisis, the warning signs most often associated with self-harm and suicide, and how to help someone who is experiencing a mental health issue or crisis.

Sheila was followed by Kelly Moriarty, one of Minding Your Mind’s Young Adult Speakers. Kelly shared her personal story of lived experience with a mental health issue and life in active recovery, providing relatable instances of how her negative thoughts turned into feelings of self-loathing that became negative actions and addictive behaviors. Once she entered treatment, learned the language necessary to express her feelings, and recognized that she wasn’t alone and help was available, Kelly began her journey of recovery that has brought her to live a happy, healthy life complete with self-care and hope.

Following their presentations, Sheila and Kelly led an active and insightful Q&A with Aon’s colleagues and spent time one-on-one with individuals who had further comments or questions.

Aon is a global professional services company that provides risk, retirement and health consulting. Aon has approximately 500 offices worldwide, serving 120 countries with 50,000 employees. In 2011, Aon was ranked as the largest insurance broker in the world based on revenue.

To learn how to bring one of Minding Your Mind’s Corporate Wellness programs to your workplace, please contact Andrew Onimus, director of corporate programs, at andrew@mindingyourmind.org or (610) 642-3879.

Minding Your Mind’s hosts at Aon Philadelphia, pictured with MYM team members (L-R): David Bennink (Aon), Douglas Wheeler (Aon), Sheila Gillin (MYM), Marissa Marschall (MYM), Kelly Moriarty (MYM) Barry Weiner (Aon), Jack Reich (Aon), Judi Santarelli (Aon).

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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!

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:

https://www.jedfoundation.org/13-reasons-why-talking-points/
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.

“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.