Michael Bloomberg Named WHO Ambassador
Friday August 26, 2016

Michael Bloomberg Named WHO Ambassador

Dear Mr. Bloomberg: Congratulations on your recent appointment as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases for the World Health Organization.  You have proven yourself a global citizen extraordinaire through you industry leadership, public service and philanthropy.  As you sign on to work with political leaders around the globe to find solutions to the burden of non-communicable diseases – things […]

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Summer at the Seashore
Friday August 19, 2016

Summer at the Seashore

In the northern hemisphere we are in the homestretch of less structured days, flip flops and fireflies before the start of school bus pickups and corduroys. Up and down the coasts, beaches are chock full of vacationers.  Why is the seashore such a draw for summer holiday?  What is it about a walk along the beach, a […]

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Going for the Gold
Friday August 12, 2016

Going for the Gold

Arriving in Rio for the 2016 Olympics is a dream come true for thousands of athletes from around the world. We can see in their smiles and tears the culmination of years of intense dedication and are awed by their athleticism. Their stories also have something to say about the intimate link between physical and […]

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It’s all fun and games until…
Monday August 8, 2016

It’s all fun and games until…

It’s all fun and games until… it’s an addiction: Two weeks ago I wrote about Pokemon Go, the global blockbuster interactive-reality game being played by millions, myself included. I heard from a number of you, saying: “Play is great, but what happens when play becomes a problem? My kid is addicted to gaming.” You are […]

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Pokemon Go!
Friday July 22, 2016

Pokemon Go!

Pokemon Go!: has taken the world by storm and brought a little magic into our lives. “Oh, really?” “How silly!”  Searching for a Jigglypuff, Pollywhirl, Charmander or taking a detour to work to pass by a PokeStop is viewed by some as downright ridiculous.  But Pokemon Go is now available in more than 30 countries, and […]

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Remembering Elie Wiesel
Wednesday July 20, 2016

Remembering Elie Wiesel

Remembering Elie Wiesel On the second of July we said goodbye to Elie Wiesel, one of the greatest humanitarians of our time.  Born 30 September 1928 in Romania, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel bore witness to the “haunted universe” of Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. His harrowing experience as a teenager is recounted in Night. Translated into […]

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Landmark Resolution for Mental Health
Monday July 11, 2016

Landmark Resolution for Mental Health

Landmark Resolution on Mental Health Globally  Getting something passed unanimously by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is quite a coup. The fact that we’re talking about a Resolution on Mental Health and Human Rights, co-sponsored by 61 countries, is huge. What does it say?  What does it mean?   First- the technical talk:  The UNHRC […]

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Fiction's Truth Telling About Mental Illness
Friday July 1, 2016

Fiction's Truth Telling About Mental Illness

Fiction’s truth telling about mental illness: It was Albert Camus who said, “Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”  So it is that fictional characters like Tim, Etsuko, Em, Nkiru, and Solomon whose stories are highlighted below, and multitudes of others from around the world, share their intimate experience, provide insight and lend perspective to readers […]

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We Are Orlando
Friday June 24, 2016

We Are Orlando

Less than two weeks ago, we woke up to news of incomprehensible violence – this time in Orlando, Florida, whose claim to fame used to be theme parks. Now, Orlando will forever be known as the place where the Pulse massacre took place. Around the country – and the world – “We are Orlando” has […]

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Pomp and Circumstance
Friday June 17, 2016

Pomp and Circumstance

Okay, I admit I am a graduation junkie. I get choked up with the first notes of Pomp and Circumstance and my tissues are soggy by the time the newly anointed graduates toss their mortar boards with tassels in the air. What’s the big deal, and what does this have to do with mental health? […]

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