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Harold I. Schwartz, M.D.
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Harold I. (Hank) Schwartz, M.D., is a psychiatrist, hospital executive, author and mental health advocate. Dr. Schwartz is currently psychiatrist-in-chief at The Institute of Living, vice president of behavioral health at Hartford Hospital, and a regional vice president of Hartford HealthCare. He is professor of psychiatry in the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and professor of psychiatry, adjunct, in the Yale University School of Medicine.

Hank has served in many capacities as an advocate for psychiatric patients, psychiatric services and the profession of psychiatry. In 2000, he served on the Connecticut Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Mental Health. Following the mass murder in Newtown, Governor Malloy appointed him to the Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission which continues to examine that tragedy. He has served on the boards and in leadership positions in numerous mental health organizations and currently serves as chairman of the board of Real Art Ways in Hartford Connecticut.

Hank graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
and completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center. He has published more than 80 articles, book chapters or books, primarily on issues at the interface of psychiatry, law, ethics and public policy. Most recently, he has focused his attention on suicide and the risk of violence, appearing frequently in numerous television, radio and print venues discussing these and other mental health policy issues. He is a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

At The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, Hank leads a full-service psychiatric hospital
system with a broad continuum of clinical and training programs and multiple research centers.

Entries by Harold I. Schwartz, M.D.

A Psychiatrist Haunted by a Patient's Suicide

(17) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 9:29 AM

I lost a patient to suicide.

It was many years ago, but I still cringe with a sense of loss, failure and even shame every time I think about it. And I think about it often.

Mr. P was in his 60s, an executive who had been hospitalized for depression....

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What Do We Want to Know About Adam Lanza and Why Do We Want to Know It?

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 10:04 AM

As we approach the anniversary of Adam Lanza's attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, we cannot help but ask if we have discovered anything that helps us understand why -- and how -- this horrible tragedy could have happened.

We know one part with certainty. Lanza...

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