Project lets brown
Peet project feat. paul brown – let’s do this [music video
In this period of confusion, Big Cartel Art Works is our initiative to provide artists with jobs, opportunities, and artistic freedom. We’ll be commissioning some projects that go outside our usual fields of expertise since the pandemic has coincided with long-overdue conversations about racism and injustice. It’s time to learn and elevate the stories that we all need to hear right now.
We’re working hard to realize – and reverse – the damage that institutional racism and racial massacres have caused. Mitchell Kuga talks with Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu of Project LETS, an organization committed to offering peer support for mental health rehabilitation.
Stefanie Lyn Kaufman witnessed a surprising shortage of resources from their local school system after their 14-year-old friend Brittany Marie Petrocca committed suicide in 2009. Despite the fact that Brittany’s community in East Meadow, New York, was in mourning, teachers and school administrators did all they could to avoid talking about her death, including refusing to include her in the yearbook four years later, even after her mother offered to pay for an ad. As a result, administrators silenced all discussion of suicide prevention or mental health services. “I think the school was afraid of being held accountable if they handled it in any way: why weren’t teachers aware that their student was suicidal, for example,” Stefanie, who uses she/they pronouns, says. “So there were a bunch of 14-year-olds, many of whom had never experienced death before; it was such a traumatic loss, such a sudden loss, and we had nowhere to turn,” says the narrator.
Sm project – let’s go (radio edit)
Our Peer Mental Health Advocacy Program (PMHA) responds to the need for more mental health services for college students. We teach college students with lived experience with mental illness, trauma, and disability how to work for and for other students with mental illness by offering one-on-one, long-term peer support and assisting struggling students in accessing useful, culturally appropriate services. Our PMHAs also host educational panels and seminars on campus, helping to create a ‘out’ network of people who are mentally ill. PMHAs participate in a Project LETS-developed, 8-week training program led by skilled student coordinators trained by their National Coordinator (utilizing core principles from Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, and Intentional Peer Support). Listening and Crisis Intervention Skills; Privilege and Identity; Trauma-Informed Care; History of Peer Support; Hope and Empowerment; and other topics are covered in our preparation. Students can select their PMHA (based on their identity), meet on a regular basis, and work to develop support structures, set goals, and access community resources. PMHAs often provide assistance during times of crisis. Overall, this groundbreaking program framework provides: 1) one-on-one peer counseling partnerships; 2) self-advocacy assistance; 3) person crisis management services; 4) facilitation of safe coping mechanisms; and 5) linkage to community resources.
Secure&safe project | let’s explain #1
Veronica- Psychology ’21: Suicidal ideation, depression, generalized anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, and suicidal ideation have all been a part of my life. Personal experience navigating diagnosis in Latinx cultures, including coping with SEAS and CAPS, as well as talk therapy. In any capacity you feel secure, I hope to be a caring and beneficial support for you. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about dogs, self-care, or people in general.
Nam – Computer Science and History ’21, Suicidal Thoughts and Actions, SSRI treatment, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and a little bit of Autism! Formal services (medication, therapists, etc.) have a love-hate relationship with me, and I absolutely love fun things like hiking, reading, or building stuff to take a break every now and then.
Shivani Nishar, Cognitive Science ’20, is interested in social/generalized anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and the nuances of becoming a mentally ill woman of color. Most of her support is focused on supporting and uplifting POC groups and their mental wellbeing, as well as using modes of treatment that are not offered by health practitioners. In whatever capacity you need, she hopes to be a caring and constructive advocate and friend for you.
Face reveal for passion project lets go
The mission of LETS is to: Pass the BP Act, which will include suicide prevention training for teachers, administrators, counselors, and therapists who work with students in grades seven through twelve; Include workshops to educate schools and…
The mission of LETS is to: Pass the BP Act, which will require teachers, administrators, counselors, and therapists who work with students in grades 7 through 12 to complete suicide prevention training; Provide workshops to educate schools and students about mental illness and suicide; Provide tools and information to students. Obtain a shift in mindset and complete acceptance of these concerns within the community and school district; and create Club LETS at local schools. Brittany Marie Petrocca’s suicide sparked the development of LETS.
Project LETS is a non-profit organization, educational initiative, and campaign dedicated to ending the stigma that surrounds mental illness and suicide. In middle and high schools, LETS will create LETS Clubs where students can talk about stigma, learn about mental health, organize their own stigma-eradication initiatives, and lead peer-to-peer education. LETS organizes seminars, workshops, and speeches, and is currently working on a bill that would require all educators of 7th-12th grade students to undergo suicide prevention training! Let’s Put an End to the Stigma! It just takes one.