YOU GOT THIS (YGT) provides mental health self-care activities to foster hope and social connection for New Orleans’ creative community. You Got This is a compassionate, inclusive performing arts mental health outreach program designed expressly for our creative community, including music, dance and art students, to help calm suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans by promoting optimal mental health self-care. We advocate for COMMITTING to LIFE. We are creatives helping the creative community by advocating for a mindful path to eliminate old patterns by traveling a healthy new path.
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YOU GOT THIS
It is SAFE to speak up when you are suffering.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and/or suicidal (in Orleans Parish)
- Call the Metropolitan Crisis Response Team at 504-826-2675 which provides 24/7 urgent access to clinical services
- Go to the nearest hospital
- If all else fails, call 911 and ask for Unit 6512 which is the NOPD Crisis Transportation Unit
- If you are not in Orleans Parish, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at:
- Or call the US Transgender Suicide Hotline at 1-877-565-8860
One vital aspect of the You Got This mission of self-care is compassionate community. Our goal: No more suffering in silence.
Through: Empathy | Connection | Referral
YOU GOT THIS Suicide Prevention Panel at PAMA 2018
On July 1, 2018 the NOMC team presented a call to action about the growing suicide epidemic in the creative community at the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) ‘s annual conference. The panel, named after the NOMC program YOU GOT THIS and led by NOMC’s Co-Founding Director Bethany Bultman, featured one of the authors of the Australian study on creatives and mental health, Dr. Mark Seton; Jennie Morton, the British author of numerous books on performance wellness; Dr. Patrick Gannon, San Francisco psychologist who is our You Got This advisor, and renowned musician and songwriter James Blake speaking out about this crisis.
See press for the YOU GOT THIS panel:
Kathryn Rose Wood, Singer/Songwriter, Speaks Up
YOU GOT THIS Guest Editor Copes With Grief and Depression
On March 26, 2015, my 19-year-old brother, Preston, died by suicide. His death seemed to come out of nowhere, for my family and myself. The storm of emotions in trying to process Preston’s death were wide-ranging and profound: shock, anger and sadness weaved in and out with confusion, guilt, helplessness and so many other emotions I hadn’t experienced in this intense way before. Though I initially “held it together well,” continuing with my natural productivity, active in my work, creative, and social communities, it was mere months before the pain, confusion, sadness, anger and trauma sweltering subconsciously took over my very being.
While most know that it’s not easy to navigate mental health issues, much less speak about them, caring for someone with mental illness is equally challenging. I am an excellent example of that – I spent several years working as a clinical music therapist in mental health settings and constantly reiterated the importance of advocating for one’s mental health needs. I knew the importance of self-care, therapy, emotional intelligence and awareness…and yet, when I started experiencing my own feelings of post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal depression, I failed to voice my massive need for help. I continued shouldering the intense pain and darkness, allowing it to take all the life out of me, for far too long. I was self-sabotaging, losing some of the most important relationships and opportunities I’d ever had.
The few times I chose to confide about my mental state, the responses varied from excessively sympathetic to unrealistically positive. While I certainly don’t fault anyone for being unsure how to handle a loved one’s admission of mental illness, an understanding response can make an incredible difference in how the struggling individual chooses to approach their illness and treatment. I was fortunate to encounter others who were in the same state I was, and found encouragement in this empathy, but just because someone hasn’t experienced mental illness before doesn’t mean they cannot be educated in comforting words.
FACT: 43.8 million adults experience mental illness
1 in 5 adults in America experience mental illness.
Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness.
One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14, three quarters by the age of 24.
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earning every year.
90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.
TREATMENT IN AMERICA:
Nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness did not receive mental health services in the previous year.
Nearly 50% of youth aged 8-15 didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.
African American & Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about 1/2 the rate of whites in the past year and Asian Americans at about 1/3 the rate.