The Black Swan, Turkey and Butcher
Friday May 18, 2018

The Black Swan, Turkey and Butcher

This week’s Five on Friday was slated to focus on something else altogether. But as I sit down to prepare today’s blog, Santa Fe High School is still an active crime scene, emergency medical care is underway in the hopes of saving lives, and ten students are already reported dead.  It was only a few […]

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Why I Ride for Mental Health
Friday May 11, 2018

Why I Ride for Mental Health

Last Sunday was the Five Boro Bike Tour. It is a 40-mile recreational ride that takes about 32,000 riders through the streets of Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. It is a fabulous way to see parts of the city that aren’t part of our every day routines. For the second year, we had […]

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How is laughter the proverbial
Friday May 4, 2018

How is laughter the proverbial "best medicine?"

Last night our Young Professionals Board hosted the second annual #StandUpForMentalHealth comedy fundraiser at Gotham Comedy Club.  I am so not funny that I am always in awe of someone who can stand up on stage and make a crowd of strangers laugh. The comedians last night did not disappoint. From little titters to belly aching guffaws, they […]

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Mimi and David Say I Do
Friday April 27, 2018

Mimi and David Say I Do

As this Five on Friday is posted, I will be toasting my son and his fiancée who will be married on Saturday. My first child to marry. It is a joy beyond measure to know that someone loves my child so completely that she wants to share the rest of her life with him. And […]

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Crossing the Channel
Friday April 13, 2018

Crossing the Channel

Last week I wrote about our Global Mental Health delegation meetings in Scotland. As our mission continued across the English Channel to Berlin and Geneva, we had much to learn and share about mental health, which culminated in an afternoon at the World Health Organization. I think we have reached something of a tipping point. From classification […]

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Edinburgh in April
Friday April 6, 2018

Edinburgh in April

I had never been to Scotland until this week. So, it was especially a privilege to visit Edinburgh with professional colleagues and members of our Global Mental Health Program (GMHP) International Advisory Board Members to meet with the Minister for Mental Health and her exceptionally warm and inspiring team who are leading the charge in […]

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Two Years of Five on Friday!
Friday March 30, 2018

Two Years of Five on Friday!

This Friday marks two years of Five on Friday!  Some weeks the post comes easily. Some weeks I am scratching my head for inspiration. Every week, I am challenged and gratified by the opportunity share my musing on mental health with a community of readers that continues to grow. With a distribution in the thousands, […]

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What's the Matter with Kids Today?
Friday March 16, 2018

What's the Matter with Kids Today?

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” So said Socrates more than 2000 years ago about the youth of ancient Greece. And it continues, generation after generation. In my generation it was rock n’ roll. When my kids […]

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An Award of Our Own
Friday March 9, 2018

An Award of Our Own

Last week, I wrote about the Academy Awards and the ways in which mental health themes were addressed in certain movies nominated for Best Picture. This week, we had the privilege of presenting an award of our own. The Global Mental Health Program Award for Innovation in the Arts was presented to Tony Award winning playwright […]

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And the winner is...
Friday March 2, 2018

And the winner is...

Oscars will be distributed with much fanfare this Sunday evening. Extraordinary stories, scores and scenery. Each year, I look forward to watching the Academy Awards with my son, Ben, who knows far more than I do about film. I don’t know how he does it, but he has always seen more movies, knows more backstory […]

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