Poverty is likely to repel us, and we may even wish to withdraw from such communities and people. But, what if we ourselves lived in a poverty-ravaged community? What if we ourselves were forced to experience poverty day-in and day-out?
May 7, 2013 Tom Doub, Ph.D., CEO, Centerstone Research Institute
It is time to challenge our current notions of diagnosis and seek a better understanding of the biological foundations of the brain so that we may develop more effective treatments and even cures. If successful, this agenda will move mental health into the mainstream of health, where it belongs.
Nelson Mandela. Desmond Tutu. The Lady. Pope Francis. You've probably heard about all of them before I covered them in recent blogs for what they teach us about leadership: patience, forgiveness, humor, self-sacrifice, and spiritual beliefs were prominent. Though not by design, here's one more leader who unexpectedly came to my attention who we can learn from.
I met Carmen Reagan, Ed.D. at the recent National Council conference in San Diego. And, when I invited her to share more about her views on the conference and on the state of behavioral health, this Centerstone board member took up my offer.
Emerging research suggests that a new software program called “SimSensei” may be able to use facial cues and body language to detect depression using Microsoft's Xbox Kinect. ... This is currently an active area of research in several academic centers around the world, and computers have long been effective in recognizing human emotion. This work has significant implications for behavioral health as we begin to think about how to more effectively leverage technology solutions to provide better care.
Contact your two Senators and your Representative, and express your views on the importance of the Newtown legislation. The lives of other Innocents are at stake. We must spark the same compassion and purpose we ourselves experienced on December 14.
When we return to our leadership roles on Monday morning, all of us who enjoyed the Summit will have a great deal to reflect upon. In fact, one participant quipped at the closing that our major leadership challenge is to answer the question, “Should behavioral healthcare actually survive?”
We say that sustainable funding is not just a concept. It's a number. It has real metrics attached to it and those metrics can fall into whichever categories you choose: increase in individual donors, funding diversification, reserve funds, endowment, etc. But they must be measurable.
Lately I have been noticing on several occasions people admonishing others that something is not being done "the right way". This implies that there is only one way to do that particular thing "right" and that the person speaking is in possession of all possible knowledge about the different ways of doing that "thing" and which is the "right' way in this particular instance.
Our society is replete with highly charged and very fateful examples of failed communication: Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate; liberals and conservatives; program advocates and community populations; the list is very, very long. Frequently, we conclude that it is “just impossible to communicate with them.” What to do?