MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

February 12, 2019 at 4:45 am

Meet your neighbors and alternative approaches to combating all forms of mental illness.

New York City provides free confidential counseling through its thrive nyc program at 1-888-nyc-well.

The suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-talk

For more information on the tmi project, or people incorporated, you can visit their websites at tmiproject.org and peopleincorporated.org

Aired February 11, 2019.

 

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>>> I JUST WANT TO SAY I'M SO
PROUD TO BE A PART OF A MOVIE
THAT ADDRESSES MENTAL HEALTH
ISSUES.
THEY'RE SO IMPORTANT.
A LOT OF ARTISTS DEAL WITH THAT,
AND WE GOT TO TAKE CARE OF EACH
OTHER.
SO IF YOU SEE SOMEBODY THAT'S
HURTING, DON'T LOOK AWAY.
AND IF YOU'RE HURTING, EVEN
THOUGH IT MIGHT BE HARD, TRY TO
FIND THAT BRAVERY WITHIN
YOURSELF TO DIVE DEEP AND GO
TELL SOMEBODY AND TAKE THEM UP
IN YOUR HEAD WITH YOU.
>> LADY GAGA MAKING AN EMOTIONAL
PLEA FOR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
AT LAST NIGHT'S GRAMMY AWARDS.
HERE IN NEW YORK, A NUMBER OF
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS ARE BEING
EXPLORED, AND SOME OF THE MOST
SUCCESSFUL HAVE TAPPED INTO THE
HEALING POWER OF THE ARTS.
>> YODA BRINGS IT ALL OUT OF ME,
THE YANKEES, THE HALLUCINATIONS,
THE STRONG WORDS AND SEEMINGLY
INPENETRATABLE DEFENSES.
IT'S WHEN I ASK TO LEAVE MY YOGA
TRAINING THAT I KNOW SOMETHING
IS REALLY WRONG.
MY EGO IS HURT.
ME, LEAVE?
ME, OF ALL PEOPLE?
BUT THAT'S WHEN I KNOW I NEED TO
GET TREATMENT.
>> MY INTENTION OF TELLING
STORIES BE AS HONEST WITH
YOURSELF AS POSSIBLE.
AND IF YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO DO
THAT, THEN I'M GOING TO BE AS
HONEST WITH MYSELF AS POSSIBLE.
>> PARTICIPATING IN A WRITING
WORKSHOP.
THE WORK SCHOTT IS THROUGH THE
ALTSA COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH
ASSOCIATION.
THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS ARE
GUIDE THROUGH TEN SESSIONS TO
HELP TELL THE HIDDEN, UNIQUE OR
TOO MUCH INFORMATION PARTS OF
THEIR PERSONAL STORIES AND THEN
PERFORM IT IN FRONT OF AN
AUDIENCE.
COMING TO TERM WITH THE MENTAL
ILLNESSES IS DIFFICULT ENOUGH,
BUT IT'S THE ADDED LAYER OF
SHAME THAT SOME PEOPLE STRUGGLE
WITH MORE THAN THE DIAGNOSIS
ITSELF.
>> IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE
USUALLY TRYING TO HIDE, MAKE IT
LOOK LIKE WE'RE NORMAL AND CAN
GET BY WITHOUT ANYONE KNOWING.
AND IT'S PART OF WHAT PREVENTS
PEOPLE FROM GETTING HELP.
IT'S PART OF WHAT PREVENTS
PEOPLE FROM DOING BETTER IN
THEIR LIFE.
>> IN THE THREE YEARS THEY'VE
BEEN RUNNING THESE PERFORMANCE
WORKSHOPS WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH
ASSOCIATION, A COMMON OCCURRENCE
HAPPENS AFTER EACH PUBLIC
READING.
>> USUALLY PEOPLE COME UP TO
THAT PERSON AND SAY THANK YOU SO
MUCH FOR SHARING THAT STORY.
SOMETHING SIMILAR HAPPENED TO
ME.
I HAVE NEVER TOLD ANYONE.
IT WAS SO GOOD TO HEAR THAT.
BARTON, A PROFESSIONAL GHOST
WRITER AND EDITOR AND TENUDO A
THEATER DIRECTOR.
NEITHER ONE IS A THERAPIST,
ALTHOUGH ALMOST ALL PARTICIPANTS
SAY THEY'VE HAD A THERAPEUTIC OR
TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE
THROUGH THE WORKSHOP.
SHE SAYS THE STORIES BECOME
STIGMA BUSTERS FOR THE MENTAL
HEALTH COMMUNITY.
>> ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
STRIKES ME EVERY TIME WE WORK
WITH THIS POPULATION IS HOW
OFTEN I HEAR PEOPLE IN THE
GENERAL PUBLIC TALK ABOUT WHAT
IT'S LIKE OR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE
WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, BUT
HOW OFTEN I DO NOT HEAR PEOPLE
WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
TALKING ABOUT THEIR OWN
EXPERIENCE.
>> Re
>> AT THE NEW YORK OFFICE OF
MENTAL HEALTH JOHN ALLEN SAYS
PROGRAMS LIKE THE TMI PROJECT
AND A SIMILAR PROGRAM CALLED
HAHA OR OTHER PROGRAMS ARE PART
OF A MOVEMENT TOWARDS
COMPLIMENTARY MEDICINE.
>> MOST THINGS HELP PEOPLE
PROVIDE MEANING IN THEIR LIVES,
HELP PEOPLE PROVIDE A CONTEXT
FOR THEIR EXPERIENCE, AND HELP
PEOPLE EXPLAIN IT IN A WAY THAT
PROVIDES THEM COMFORT.
AND ALMOST BECOMES CATHARTIC.
>> ALLEN ADMITS NAVIGATING THE
ARRAY OF SERVICE AND THE DEPTH
OF NEEDED INTERVENTION CAN BE
OVERWHELMING.
AND THAT'S WHERE PEER COUNSELORS
CAN BE CRITICAL.
BECAUSE THEY'VE ALREADY
NAVIGATED THE SYSTEM AS PATIENTS
THEMSELVES.
IN ADDITION TO ACCEPTANCE,
EXPRESSION, AND SUPPORT, HE SAYS
WHAT REALLY HELPS PEOPLE STAY IN
RECOVERY FROM MENTAL HEALTH
CRISIS IS CREATING STABILITY AND
HELPING PEOPLE FIND PURPOSE.
>> HOW DO YOU WORK ON YOUR
OVERALL MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A STABLE PLACE
TO LIVE THAT'S SAFE?
AND SO THAT'S PART OF OUR
TREATMENT PROCESS IS LOOKING AT
SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN HOUSING,
LOOKING AT SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN
THEIR DAILY LIVES, LOOKING AND
SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE IN
SCHOOL, LOOKING AT SUPPORTING
ADULTS IN EMPLOYMENT.
WE WOULDN'T THINK OF RECOVERY AS
JUST ELIMINATING THE SYMPTOM IF
WE WERE LOOKING AT A BASEBALL OR
FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO GETS
INJURED.
WE'D LOOK AT RETURNING THEM TO
THE FIELD AND THE ARENA OF LIFE.
>> THE OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH
SPENDS NEARLY $4 BILLION
ANNUALLY ON SERVICE AROUND THE
STATE.
MONEY IS DIVIDED UP AMONGST THE
62 COUNTIES, AND THEY CONTRACT
OUT TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT AID IN
TREATMENT AND RECOVERY.
ONE SUCH ORGANIZATION, PEOPLE
INCORPORATED IS A PEER-RUN
ADVOCACY GROUP THAT HELPS PEOPLE
FIND STABLE HOUSING AND
EMPLOYMENT AND HOSPITAL
DIVERSION HOMES.
ROSE HOUSE, ONE OF FOUR GROUP
HOMES RUN BY THE ORGANIZATION
THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE EXPERIENCING
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS AN
ALTERNATIVE TO EMERGENCY ROOMS.
>> THE RECOVERY DOESN'T COME
FROM THE PILL.
IT DOESN'T COME FROM THE
THERAPIST.
IT DOESN'T COME FROM A
HOSPITALIZATION OR A TREATMENT
PROGRAM.
RECOVERY COMES FROM WITHIN.
>> HE SAYS THE GOAL IS TO HELP
PATIENTS FOCUS ON WHAT IS RIGHT
WITH THEM INSTEAD OF WHAT IS
WRONG.
HE SAYS PEER COUNSELORS AND THE
RELAXED GROUP SETTING OF ROSE
HOUSE CAN FOSTER A COMMUNITY
THAT SOMETIMES ELIMINATES
ISOLATION.
BACK AT THE ULSTER COUNTY MENTAL
HEALTH ASSOCIATION, PARTICIPANTS
IN THE TMI PROJECT PREPARE TO
READ THEIR TOO MUCH INFORMATION
STORIES IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE.
>> WHAT I FELT LIKE IT WAS LIKE
WAS BEING ABLE TO STAND IN FRONT
OF A MIRROR WITH YOUR EYES OPEN.
BECAUSE YOU.
YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO STAND IN
FRONT OF A MIRROR AND NOT LOOK
OR AVERT YOUR EYES.
IT FELT LIKE A TRUE REFLECTION
OF WHO I WAS IN THESE PEOPLE.
>> IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS
IN NEED OF MENTAL HEALTH
ASSISTANCE, PLEASE GO TO
METROFOCUS.ORG TO LINKS FOR
ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAN PROVIDE
HELP.

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