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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Good Grief
Friday January 11, 2019

Good Grief

I attended a funeral last week. The sudden death of my friend’s husband left family and friends with shattered dreams and broken hearts. Losing a loved one precipitates a journey of grieving. And although this experience of loss is nearly universal, it is also exquisitely personal.   Photo from: http://www.fulfillmentdaily.com/resilience-in-grief As my heart aches for […]

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Hello 2019; Goodbye 2018
Friday January 4, 2019

Hello 2019; Goodbye 2018

With the start of a new year, we all engage in some form of accounting – taking stock of the last twelve months and setting resolutions for those on the horizon. In doing so, almost universally, we focus on aspects of our lives that are intimately associated with our mental health and wellbeing. Here are […]

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Suicide and the Holidays
Friday December 21, 2018

Suicide and the Holidays

Suicide is more common around the holidays, right?   Wrong. It is a myth that suicide rates increase around the holidays. Perhaps because we hope that the holidays will be a time of enhanced joy and connection, it feels especially poignant when someone dies by suicide at this time of year. The gap is especially great […]

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2018 Home Office Challenge
Friday December 14, 2018

2018 Home Office Challenge

My goal with Five on Friday is to raise awareness about mental health by opening conversations that link mental health topics to our everyday lives. Thus was born the 2017 Headlines Challenge. For fun, my friend, Tracy, picked five front page articles from around the world that did not appear to be about mental health and challenged me […]

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