MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

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.

 

TRANSCRIPT

> 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.

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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.

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

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