Nothing like studio therapy. Thank you @juicycouture for these awesome sparkly track shorts and comfy top. Had so much fun in the studio. Made me feel like a star 💫 like the ones in the sky, you know..the real kind.
The National Institute of Mental Health’s research shows 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. More than 18% , 42 million people in America live with an anxiety disorder, 16 million have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year.
National Alliance on Mental Illness research tells us depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide AND serious mental illness costs America more than $193 billion in lost earnings every year due to the affects these mental health issues have on people’s ability to work, be functional, & provide for themselves and others.
Jama Network research tells us
50% of all chronic mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24.
Kindness Matters: Youth with high mental health inventory scores are significantly more likely to describe their environments as kind. 79% of “mentally healthy” high schoolers say their schools are kind places.
However, 61% of youth describe themselves as stressed and 1 in 4 say they are nervous all or most of the time. 90% of youth think mental health is an important priority but less than half talk about it with anyone. ☹️ These statistics are highlights from a “Kind Communities Survey” done by @btwfoundation with Benenson Strategy Group. It focused on youth (15-24) and parents to explore the factors that impact youth mental wellness including a their relationship and environment.
I wear some of @sonjad7777 Sonja’s ashes around my neck in a black pearl given to me by her husband & widower @viegitane007 André Dubois. My extended family @angiepontani, mother of my godchild Sissy and wife of @briannewmanny my buddy I’ve played jazz with in NY for over ten years told us she had a dream. That we could talk to Sonja through her pearls. And I will Sonja. I Will. Happy Birthday. I love you. 🎀 💗 #breastcancerawareness#breastcancer#womenempowerment
After rollin around on the couch feeling sad with the help of some of my #grigiogirls and a very special someone I managed to dress up and feel better in a beautiful pink sequined dress generously gifted to me from @oscardelarenta Sonja would want us to celebrate her Birthday. So we are. Dressed in Pink and handing out pink chocolate kisses for #breastcancerawareness
Thank you so much @Staples for this present of a gorgeous box filled with journals, pens, and staples for me to write music and poetry in. Bill Durling it’s a continued honor to work on #staplesforstudents with @btwfoundation and you. You’re the best. 🖊📖🖇💗
Happy Birthday to my late best friend @sonjad7777 Sonja Durham Dubois. #breastcancerawareness month is so important. Share your stories of survival and treatment plans with each other. Everyone’s cancer is different. But the More we talk and share the more we learn. 💕🌸 I have no words for you girl, just tears and dreams. & I know you’re running Haus of Gaga from Heaven.
This little baby bird ran into my window today. She was so shocked and just sitting and staring I picked her up and stroked her back and head for about fifteen minutes until her eyes began to open and move. And minutes later she flew away back into the world.
On this coming Tuesday the 10th I will be doing another Instagram LIVE meditation in celebration of World Mental Health Day. Please joins me at 4pm PST to meditate/sit quietly/pray/or do any practice of your choosing. My intention is to remind us that the world is one body, and that we are all connected. And the calmer each of us are individually, the calmer the world will be.
A message from me to #BeKind to my friend @joomees daughter Venice. #WeAreVenice no child should have to sit alone at lunch or constantly be outcast. Let’s empower each other to be kinder and braver. @btwfoundation
Thank you for meditating/sitting in silence/praying w me. Meditation really improves my mental health and reminds me it's important to stay calm so I can feel safe in my body. We are all one body, and the calmer we are, and the more we find inner peace, the more the world will too. You know the saying. "We are the World." ✌️🌈🌎🌸
Thank you for the gift of music that you gave and will continue to give to the world through your legacy. 🤘Such a shame I have to amend this message from hope of healing to Rest In Peace. You were a gift to the world. #tompetty
Here are some "mantras" I will be using, if you choose to meditate with me I will explain how I use them. I usually alternate between two and find them very affective for calming down my nervous system. Otherwise silence and prayer are all welcome. This is time for you and us to come together in unity and peace.