This one’s for you, Mom!
Saturday May 7, 2016

This one’s for you, Mom!

Mothers: one way or another, we all have one. And the majority of women in the world will, one way or another, become one over the course of a lifetime. This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the US, and I count myself lucky to have a thriving 84-year old mother who has always been a […]

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Lessons From Prince and Other Royals
Friday April 29, 2016

Lessons From Prince and Other Royals

Lessons from Prince and other Royals Last week, Prince, the beloved pop icon, died from what appears to be a drug overdose while Princess Kate, Prince William and Prince Harry lent royal support to The Heads Together campaign – reminding us that even those who seem invincible can be affected by mental illness and those with a public platform […]

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Passover: An Allegory for Psychotherapy
Friday April 22, 2016

Passover: An Allegory for Psychotherapy

As the sun sets this evening, millions of Jewish people around the world will open the Passover Haggadah and recount the story of the exodus from Egypt – one of the most ancient, quintessential stories of the journey to freedom. It is a story filled with drama, contradictions, symbolic images, and profound teachings. I love this narrative […]

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Robben Island: Lepers, Lunatics, and Political Prisoners
Friday April 15, 2016

Robben Island: Lepers, Lunatics, and Political Prisoners

Robben Island is located in Table Bay 6.9 km from the vibrant port city of Cape Town, South Africa. Made famous by Nelson Mandela – student activist – political prisoner number 466 – South Africa’s first post-apartheid president – 1993 Nobel Peace prize recipient – it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is a “must-see” […]

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Indaba South Africa
Friday April 8, 2016

Indaba South Africa

Indaba is a Zulu word that means gathering for purposeful discussion; a gathering of spirits, a meeting of friends, a sharing of dreams. I was 17 years old when I landed in Johannesburg, South Africa as an American Field Scholar in 1977; I went to Roosevelt High School where we wore grey jumpers for school uniforms and I learned […]

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Kenya’s “Big Five”
Friday April 1, 2016

Kenya’s “Big Five”

Africa’s Big Five typically refers to the great African lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard. I’ve got a different sort of Big Five to share with you from my day of traveling dirt roads in Kenya with colleagues from the Africa Mental Health Foundation. Thanks to the vision of Drs. David Ndetei and Victoria Mutiso, mental […]

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Friday March 25, 2016

Why Five on Friday

In our family, we have a tradition of dinner together at home on Friday evenings. Personally, it gives me a chance to pause and pivot, to reflect and imagine after a busy week. What kind of week has it been? What does the weekend have in store? As Director of the Global Mental Health Program, […]

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