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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From ArpaNET to InterNET to WHO Global Clinical Practice NETwork
Monday June 13, 2016

From ArpaNET to InterNET to WHO Global Clinical Practice NETwork

In the beginning, it was called Arpanet, it was funded by the United States military and it connected 4 university research lab computers. It was a very big deal. Such was the Internet of 1969. It was history in the making, and it went further and faster than anyone at the time could have imagined. […]

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Decibels Rising
Monday June 6, 2016

Decibels Rising

More and more people are finding a way to talk about their experiences with mental illness. It is nothing short of a historic shift, and it’s happening locally and globally. Speaking up also requires listening more carefully; otherwise, as the expression goes, the message will fall on deaf ears. Previously, our voice around mental health […]

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Friday May 27, 2016

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

As Americans don their swim suits and dust off their bbq’s this weekend, it is worth noting that May is Mental Health Awareness month. Perhaps not a coincidence that May also ends with Memorial Day, which is a time to honor those who have served our country – those same individuals who have very high […]

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#ProtectYourGirls
Friday May 20, 2016

#ProtectYourGirls

I generally have little patience for underwear masquerading as fashion. This past Sunday was another story. I saw bras decorated with pom poms, covered with neon paint, and layered with buttons, pipe cleaners and paper mache and wished they were being paraded down Fifth Avenue with great fanfare. These bras were the masterpieces of teen […]

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Patrick Roche, Spoken Word Poet
Friday May 13, 2016

Patrick Roche, Spoken Word Poet

This past week Columbia Psychiatry hosted its annual Gray Matters Luncheon. With the Plaza ballroom filled to capacity, Patrick Roche silenced the clanking of silverware and even halted the checking of cell phone texts and emails with his vivid and visceral poetry about mental illness. Click the links below to hear from this extraordinary artist […]

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