Your Words Matter
Friday June 30, 2017

Your Words Matter

Dear Mr. President: Your words matter, and your words trouble me. It is true that sometimes people say things without thinking. We have all blurted out words that we wish we could take back. But, Mr. President, do you not realize that calling Mika Brzezinski “crazy” and Joe Scarborough “psycho,” leaves people scratching their heads […]

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Restaurant of Order Mistakes & other ideas with dementia in mind
Friday June 23, 2017

Restaurant of Order Mistakes & other ideas with dementia in mind

Today is my dad’s 85th birthday. Of course, he wishes his golf game were better, and we wish he would wear his hearing aids more regularly, but all in all, life is good for this kid from the Bronx, and we will celebrate with extended family in Italy this summer. But aging is not for […]

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What is Your Domino?
Friday June 16, 2017

What is Your Domino?

A brutal civil war in South Sudan has over 3 million people on the run according to David Milliband, president of the International Rescue Committee. In Yemen, a cholera outbreak puts many more are at risk. The resilience demonstrated by impacted individuals is inspiring. At the same time, these humanitarian crises are associated with upsurges […]

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Nike.
Friday June 9, 2017

Nike.

Part Belgian Malinois, part Rhodesian Ridgeback, all Rescue. Nike came to us cowering, quivering, and showing behaviors of an abused and abandoned pup. Now more than two years later, she is a loyal spirit who in a nanosecond can go from twitching her hind leg as she chases squirrels in her sleep to unbridled exuberance […]

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That Way Madness Lies...
Friday June 2, 2017

That Way Madness Lies...

Shakespeare was the master of tragedy. And King Lear is the quintessential tragic hero. Driven to madness by a cosmic collision of errors and misfortune, King Lear laments, “O, that way madness lies; let me shun that; No more of that.” Yes, noble men can succumb to insanity. So can noble institutions. And so it […]

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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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