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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Is Mom Depressed?
Friday March 23, 2018

Is Mom Depressed?

We know some women are at increased risk for depression during and following pregnancy. We also know that when moms are depressed, kids pay a price. So maternal mental health screening is a no brainer, right? Not really… California is set to vote on a bill that would mandate screening for maternal depression during pregnancy […]

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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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#ArmMeWith...
Friday February 23, 2018

#ArmMeWith...

This week, the President of the United States met with survivors of another deadly school shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida where 17 people were killed on the 14th of February. Let me say it again, the President of the United States invited survivors to the White House. Yes, this particularly […]

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Putting our Heads Together
Friday February 16, 2018

Putting our Heads Together

The news comes at us rapid fire these days. And this week, I am sure I am not alone in my struggle to make sense of the tragedy of another school shooting, the embattled state of immigration policy for “the Dreamers,” the high level plea bargains and payments to sex workers, the Russia investigation, and […]

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Love is EleMENTAL
Sunday February 11, 2018

Love is EleMENTAL

One of the pillars of our Global Mental Health Program is our Arts and Advocacy Program. Through the engagement of the arts, our aim is to improve understanding about mental health and mental illness and promote conversations in community where this topic has been hushed and avoided for too long. This past Friday, our second […]

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