The Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery (CMHRR) at Montana State University recently studied the effectiveness of Jason DeShaw’s Serenity in the Storm presentations to Montana students. A total of 612 high school students who attended his performances participated in the study. The research provides promising evidence that the intervention in the form of DeShaw’s performances was effective for: 1. Reducing mental health stigma 2. Increasing students’ willingness to seek help for mental health issues 3. Increasing students’ willingness to work in a mental health field Click here: Summary of stigma intervention results
It feels like change is in the air - I'm seeing smoke signals everywhere. 2,000 high school students elected to attend my presentation at Bozeman High School. While attendance was not mandatory, students led the way by embracing a message of hope and human connection inspiring each other to be there. They were an amazing audience and the connection in the room was tangible. What a great kick-off to a Spring full of schools. I am excited to connect with students and staff at schools across the state as the Montana Schools Tour begins again. The Montana Schools Tour is presented by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation. The tour is sponsored by the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery at Montana State University, and the Gilhousen Family Foundation.
The night sky is filled with stars, so there is light amidst the darkness. We too are called to shine. The simplest act of love transcends the insecurity of hate. Fear is only formidable until it is replaced with understanding. Compassion dismantles discrimination because it speaks to the heart and quiets the mind. Confusion exists in the world so that we can respond with love. Truth is absolute strength and it is on the side of those who seek it. It is in each one of us to do good. In a world that is not sane, we must find peace in our humanity. Every human being has inherent value and is worthy of love. The connection we share with one another helps us realize why we are here. We are in this together, part of something greater than ourselves. The moon holds court among the stars, illuminating us all. Into hopeful darkness, light shines indiscriminately. Tonight, the answers to the world's problems are found in our hearts, not in our heads. © Jason DeShaw, All Rights Reserved, 10/09/2017