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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I Thought I Would Never Run Again
Friday May 3, 2019

I Thought I Would Never Run Again

A few years ago, I was standing in Central Park admiring the fall leaves. It was one of those lyrical moments of oneness with nature. Until our dog, whose leash I was holding, decided that she would do her own communing with nature by chasing yet another squirrel. She went right, my right knee went […]

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Nothing About Us Without Us
Friday April 26, 2019

Nothing About Us Without Us

Last week, we were joined in our Priorities in Global Mental Health class by members of Fountain House. Located in midtown Manhattan, Fountain House is dedicated to the “recovery of men and women with mental illness by providing opportunities for members to live, work, and learn, while contributing their talents through a community of mutual support.” I have […]

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What is the Price of Freedom?
Friday April 19, 2019

What is the Price of Freedom?

As the sun goes down this evening, millions of Jews around the world will celebrate the first night of Passover. The Passover Seder tells the story of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. We are to tell the story as if we too were once slaves. It is a quintessential story of freedom. The […]

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Everything Is Illuminated
Friday April 12, 2019

Everything Is Illuminated

This is the title of Jonathan Safran Foer’s New York Times Bestseller about a young Jewish writer on a journey to Ukraine to find his grandfather’s hometown and the woman who saved his life during World War II. The story is filled with colorful characters who beg your forgiveness and earn your affection. It is […]

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When Friends Become Family and Family Become Friends
Friday April 5, 2019

When Friends Become Family and Family Become Friends

In 1980-81, I studied international affairs in Bologna, Italy at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). I had studied French since sixth grade, and thus, wanted to go to the Sorbonne in Paris. But I was a scholarship student at Hopkins, and the only option that I could afford was Hopkins SAIS […]

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The Long Shadow of Trauma
Friday March 29, 2019

The Long Shadow of Trauma

The news has been filled with grief and confusion emanating from the recent suicides of a father of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings and two Parkland students. These individuals were survivors of the school massacres that occurred on 14 December 2012 and 18 February 2018, respectively. Until now. Photo credit […]

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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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