Molly, my alma mater and ending the war on drugs
Friday May 26, 2017

Molly, my alma mater and ending the war on drugs

My sister-in-law, Molly, would have turned 50 this month were it not for the fact that she died of an accidental drug overdose 20 years ago. Long before people were talking about the “opioid epidemic,” Molly got addicted to pain medication and ultimately the drugs that she took to kill her pain killed her. Last […]

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False Dichotomies
Friday May 19, 2017

False Dichotomies

William of Ockham was a 14th century Franciscan friar and scholar credited with establishing that scientific models should prioritize simplicity and parsimony when trying to understand the complex world in which we live. This principle, referred to as Occam’s Razor, remains an important heuristic scientific principle to this day – simpler is better. BUT… we […]

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Music, Mental Health, and Mother's Day
Friday May 12, 2017

Music, Mental Health, and Mother's Day

Hearing the first notes of our favorites songs, our hearts skip a beat, memories are triggered of moments, places and life milestones. We think of lovers, friends, and family, people gone and people in our present lives. Music is unique in its capacity to give wings to our innermost thoughts and flight to feelings that […]

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Five Boro Bike Tour
Friday May 5, 2017

Five Boro Bike Tour

The mental health benefits of exercise are well documented. The power of community to promote healing are profound. The energy and vision of upcoming generations to address the wicked complexities of mental illness infuses in me a hope and confidence for the future. This synergy of exercise, community, energy and vision will be on full […]

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PPK PJK SUD WHO NOW!
Friday April 28, 2017

PPK PJK SUD WHO NOW!

28 April | Lima, Peru: Each year our Global Mental Health Program hosts a global symposium to advance mental health. Our 2017 meeting was today in Peru and our focus was on Mental Health and Substance Abuse: Priorities for Practice and Policy. It was an historic moment. For the first time ever, scientists, practitioners, policymakers, […]

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Headlines Challenge: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Friday April 21, 2017

Headlines Challenge: Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Mental health rarely makes it to front page news above the fold – well, at least not explicitly. With headlines about war, climate, jobs, Brexit, and French elections, it might appear that mental health gets beaten out by other topics. Tout au contraire, I said to my friend and writer, Tracy Grathwohl. And so was […]

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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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