When is a Picture Not Worth 1000 Words: The Damage of Mental Health Stereotypes
Friday December 8, 2017

When is a Picture Not Worth 1000 Words: The Damage of Mental Health Stereotypes

Optical illusions are a form of magic show. Part of the delight is that we know we are being fooled. In an optical illusion, the visual information somehow tricks the brain. We know it. We are fascinated by it. All in good fun. But what about the images we see that play with our brains […]

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Five Courageous Women, Five Personal Stories, Five Documentary Films
Friday December 1, 2017

Five Courageous Women, Five Personal Stories, Five Documentary Films

1 in 4. That’s the statistic for how many of us will have a mental illness over the course of our lifetimes – sometimes fleeting, sometimes enduring, always significant. At that rate, if it’s not ourselves, it will be a parent, sibling, partner, child, friend or colleague. Some of us will carry the diagnosis and […]

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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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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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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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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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