We Feel and Think What We Eat
Friday March 22, 2019

We Feel and Think What We Eat

This week, I had the joy of sharing spring break with my daughter and niece in Paris. It was a food lover’s dream. Beginning with a baguette and fresh berries each morning and making our way through the day with crepes, cheese, and fine dining of regional and seasonal specialties, we loved being in Paris, […]

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Ketamine: From Party Drug to Prescription Medicine
Friday March 15, 2019

Ketamine: From Party Drug to Prescription Medicine

Ketamine’s ignominious start was as a psychedelic party drug with the street name of Special K. Its future is as a promising intervention for treatment-resistant depression. Just this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved esketamine, a form of ketamine, for the treatment of depression. It is the first truly new antidepressant medication […]

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What Would Women Say?
Friday March 8, 2019

What Would Women Say?

Today is International Women’s Day. We have much to celebrate around the world. Rates of education for girls are up. Maternal mortality is down. And women are speaking out. Just a few weeks ago at the Academy Awards, as the young female filmmakers of the documentary, Period. End of Sentence, said in their acceptance speech, […]

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Not Just Skinny White Girls
Friday March 1, 2019

Not Just Skinny White Girls

This week is 2019 Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Championed by the National Eating Disorders Association, with the theme Come as You Are, programs around the world are hosting awareness raising activities and connecting people who might be struggling with an eating disorders to others who can help. I have worked in this field for decades, focusing particularly on identifying […]

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Grow Old with Me...
Friday February 22, 2019

Grow Old with Me...

… the best is yet to be. A beautiful notion about the journey of increasing years. We are social creatures and relationships play a key role in protecting and promoting our mental health throughout our lives. Photo Credit So it is ironic that our advances in technology are creating a modern way of life that […]

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Love is EleMental 2019
Friday February 15, 2019

Love is EleMental 2019

Most people don’t have a hard time seeing the link between Valentine’s Day and love, but when we go from love to mental health, a few will scratch their heads and wonder: really? Yes. Really. This week of Valentine’s Day, recognizing all the different ways that human connection and community matter to our health and […]

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No One Can Whistle a Symphony...
Friday February 8, 2019

No One Can Whistle a Symphony...

… It takes a whole orchestra to play it.  These words from H.E. Luccock capture an essential truth about advancing mental health globally. In this spirit, we are thrilled to announce that on Monday, February 11th, the Global Mental Health Programs at Columbia University are launching the Council for the Advancement of Global Mental Health Research. With 78 […]

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Super Bowl Mental Health
Friday February 1, 2019

Super Bowl Mental Health

With over one hundred million viewers, the Super Bowl is one of the most widely watched American broadcasts of the year. It is the quintessential sports spectacle of strategy and strength. Football players are famous for their size and muscle, but some are making headlines in another important way. Photo from: https://www.wadworthcommunityradio.com These big, burly athletes […]

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Dark Days; Dark Mood
Friday January 25, 2019

Dark Days; Dark Mood

Friends of mine just left for two weeks of vacation to someplace closer to the equator where they went to soak up some sunshine. For many of us, we experience a visceral desire to go where it’s warm and sunny during the winter. We often say we want to get out of the cold, but […]

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Masculinity, Toxic Masculinity & The Best Men Can Get
Friday January 18, 2019

Masculinity, Toxic Masculinity & The Best Men Can Get

This week, Gillette released an ad campaign that has ignited public discourse –  including over 20 million views on Youtube – about what should be considered “normal” male behavior and what needs to go for men to be “the best men can get.” Photo from: http://logos.wikia.com/ Gillette’s tagline is thirty years old. It has always been designed […]

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