Love is EleMENTAL
Sunday February 11, 2018

Love is EleMENTAL

One of the pillars of our Global Mental Health Program is our Arts and Advocacy Program. Through the engagement of the arts, our aim is to improve understanding about mental health and mental illness and promote conversations in community where this topic has been hushed and avoided for too long. This past Friday, our second […]

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Touch
Friday February 2, 2018

Touch

Earlier this week, feeling sad and preoccupied by some recent events, I was making my way in a crowd of people to take my turn on an escalator that was inadequate for the demand. My head was elsewhere. My feet shuffled along. And then, out of nowhere, I felt a gentle hand on my shoulder, […]

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The Downside to Fostering Resilience
Friday January 26, 2018

The Downside to Fostering Resilience

Some individuals are exceptionally resilient. When life knocks them down, they bounce back quickly. They refuse to let failure or hurt or loss overwhelm them.  Instead, they cope and adapt and forge on. They inspire us. But part of me is troubled that a Google search for the term “resilience” yielded 21,900,000 hits. Don’t get […]

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Antipodal Mental Health
Friday January 19, 2018

Antipodal Mental Health

Stand up straight. Plant your feet.  Now imagine drilling from your toes, straight through the exact center of the earth and across to the other side.  When you reach the point on the earth diametrically opposite to where you are standing, you will have reached your antipodal point. Most of us will probably never visit […]

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Gut Feelings
Friday January 12, 2018

Gut Feelings

Over 2500 years ago, Hippocrates declared, “All diseases begin in the gut.” All? Doubtful.  Some? For sure.  Mental illness? Maybe.   Modern science suggests that the gut and the brain are more intimately connected than we ever imagined. And rapidly advancing research on the gut microbiome suggests that the little creatures in our intestines may directly […]

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Hundred Acre Wood
Friday January 5, 2018

Hundred Acre Wood

Lots of people flew to sandy Caribbean beaches or snowy alpine resorts for the holidays. Those in the southern hemisphere didn’t have to travel far for warm, sunny and leisurely days. I stayed home and enjoyed the quiet of the holidays with family, friends, snow, and cold. One afternoon, I curled up on the couch […]

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A Year of Five on Fridays
Friday December 29, 2017

A Year of Five on Fridays

Dear Readers, From post-operative depression to the opioid epidemic to the wild nature of adolescence; from Peru to Geel to Nigeria; from living to 103 and dying of a broken heart, we have covered a lot of ground in our musings on mental health this year. Thank you for opening your minds and imaginations to […]

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Psychology 101 with Santa and Friends
Friday December 22, 2017

Psychology 101 with Santa and Friends

Christmas is replete with mythical characters. These beloved personages speak to fundamental psychological ideas and ideals – embodying how we think, what we value, and why we feel certain ways. Not simply delightful imaginings for children, Santa and friends are among the most beloved teachers of Psychology 101.   So what can Santa and friends […]

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Why I light Hanukkah Candles
Friday December 15, 2017

Why I light Hanukkah Candles

In the northern hemisphere, daylight has been dwindling and next week, December 21st, will mark the winter solstice. In my hometown of New York City, we will have almost six fewer hours of daylight than we had around the summer solstice in June. Enveloped in cold and darkness, it’s no coincidence that this time of […]

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When is a Picture Not Worth 1000 Words: The Damage of Mental Health Stereotypes
Friday December 8, 2017

When is a Picture Not Worth 1000 Words: The Damage of Mental Health Stereotypes

Optical illusions are a form of magic show. Part of the delight is that we know we are being fooled. In an optical illusion, the visual information somehow tricks the brain. We know it. We are fascinated by it. All in good fun. But what about the images we see that play with our brains […]

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