Title IX is About More than Sports
Friday April 14, 2017

Title IX is About More than Sports

In 1972, Title IX was passed. It states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” There is no doubt that Title IX was a watershed […]

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World Health Day 2017: Depression Let's Talk
Friday April 7, 2017

World Health Day 2017: Depression Let's Talk

Remember how I mentioned that I love birthdays and anniversaries?  Today is the 69th birthday of the World Health Organization (WHO). Founded on 7 April 1948, WHO has the unique constitutional mandate to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Each year on its birthday, WHO celebrates World Health Day by […]

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Botero's Buxom Bodies & Eating Disorders
Friday March 31, 2017

Botero's Buxom Bodies & Eating Disorders

I was in Colombia recently and had the opportunity to go to the Botero museum in Bogota. Colombian artist, Fernando Botero, has a style that is unique in its neo-figurative depiction of forms that are rotund and bulging in both girth and exuberance. Men, women, children, and even fruit, are celebrated for their bulk. This […]

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Happy 1st Anniversary Five on Friday!
Friday March 24, 2017

Happy 1st Anniversary Five on Friday!

Anyone who knows me, knows I love marking milestones like birthdays and anniversaries. So today, I am happy to celebrate with you the first anniversary of Five on Friday. A year ago I launched this blog with the aim of connecting, communicating, and breaking the silence around mental illness. Each week, I hear from some […]

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The surgery was a success. So why do I feel so bad?
Friday March 17, 2017

The surgery was a success. So why do I feel so bad?

Feeling nervous about surgery is normal and expected. But post-operative depression, a common and serious condition, is hardly acknowledged. How come? In the US alone, 60,000 people undergo general anesthesia for surgery every day. Recently my dad was one of them. The surgery went well and post-op healing from the incision and medical procedure itself […]

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Celebrating International Women's Day 2017
Friday March 10, 2017

Celebrating International Women's Day 2017

International Women’s Day dates back 100 years to 8 March 1917 when women textile workers demonstrated in the Russian capital city of Petrograd for improved work conditions and better pay. Before the night was over, protests filled the entire city. Within the week, Emperor Nicholas II abdicated the throne and Russia was catapulted into revolution. […]

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Have you ever been to Geel?
Friday March 3, 2017

Have you ever been to Geel?

Have you ever been to Geel? Neither have I.  But Geel, a small town in Belgium, has recently moved to the top of my list of places to visit.  It is not famous for its beaches or art museums, but rather it has captured my curiosity for the community’s approach to serious mental illness.  Working […]

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What's Your Favorite Comfort Food?
Friday February 24, 2017

What's Your Favorite Comfort Food?

Earlier this month, my son, David, opened a ramen restaurant across from the Johns Hopkins University bookstore in Baltimore. PekoPeko Ramen serves steaming bowls of noodles to hungry and sometimes stressed or tired college students and locals. Having grown up in Japan, David – like most Japanese natives – knows ramen to be the quintessential comfort […]

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Love is EleMENTAL
Friday February 17, 2017

Love is EleMENTAL

This week, on Valentine’s Day, friends and supporters of the Global Mental Health Program attended the new Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen. I was awed by its ability to evoke emotions that lie at the heart of our human experience. An artistic masterpiece, the show exquisitely captures the longing and challenges that adolescents face in […]

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Low-income countries score high marks on innovative mental health interventions
Friday February 10, 2017

Low-income countries score high marks on innovative mental health interventions

In most low-income countries, less than 1 psychiatrist exists per 100,000 people, and national budgets spend less than $1 per person on mental health. But mental illnesses are just as common in low-income countries as they are in high-income countries – and even higher in regions plagued with war, conflict and displacement.  Illustrating the kernel of […]

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