WHO Announces Adoption of New International Classification of Diseases
Friday June 7, 2019

WHO Announces Adoption of New International Classification of Diseases

Imagine playing golf and not having words for birdie or bogey. Imagine preparing dinner without the guidance of cookbooks that describe what a soufflé is and what the ingredients for lasagna are. The ICD-11 is the organizing volume, the guidebook, that captures our current knowledge for all health conditions, including mental health and substance use […]

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Dementia Reimagined
Friday May 31, 2019

Dementia Reimagined

Dr. Tia Powell directs the Center for Bioethics for Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  She is a national expert on dementia, and for full disclosure, she is a dear friend. So, it is with enormous joy that I share with you a conversation I had with Tia about her recently published […]

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From Russia With Love
Friday May 24, 2019

From Russia With Love

If only 007 could see it now… I spent the last two weeks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, first working and then visiting a world that has been colored for me by great (and long) Russian novels filled with palaces and czars, and Bond films portraying Cold War drama and intrigue. 1. Bond. James Bond. From […]

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Is Your Insurance Company Breaking the Law?
Friday May 17, 2019

Is Your Insurance Company Breaking the Law?

Quite possibly. For the more than 50,000 individuals who were denied insurance coverage for mental health and addiction treatment in a recent landmark case, the answer was definitively “yes.” Health insurance companies are required by law to provide coverage for mental illness and substance use disorders, and Americans are required by law to have health insurance. So, […]

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Why I Ride for Mental Health
Friday May 10, 2019

Why I Ride for Mental Health

Last Sunday, thirteen riders from our WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Mental Health team braved the downpour to bike in the Five Boro Bike Tour in support of global mental health. The Five Boro Bike Tour is a recreational ride that takes about 32,000 riders through the streets of Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. […]

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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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