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Janine Francolini
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Janine Francolini is the Founder of the Flawless Foundation and serves on the board of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the USC Gould School of Law and is a member of the Dorothea Dix Think Tank, advancing their mission to decriminalize mental illness. She serves on many advisory boards in both the non-profit and corporate sector. Janine earned a Masters' degree from Columbia University and had a 15-year career in education. A sought after speaker and consultant, Janine collaborates with clients on mental health advocacy, fundraising and motivational techniques. In addition, Janine has advanced training in Collaborative Problem Solving, the revolutionary and evidence-based method of working with children as described in the book, “Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach” by Ross Greene, PhD and Stuart Ablon, PhD. In between frequent bicoastal trips, Janine practices yoga and lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

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It's Time for an Emotion Revolution!

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM

I recently had the inspiring experience of sitting down with Robin Stern, Ph.D., the associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, to discuss the upcoming Emotional Revolution Summit (ERS)- a game-changing effort between the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Lady Gaga's

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We are Society!

(7) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 1:46 PM


Since that horrific summer night in Colorado, I have been very vocal with my thoughts about the case of James Holmes. I recognized him publicly as a young man who had a documented history of treated and untreated schizophrenia and...

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Remembering Robin Williams

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 4:19 PM

Over a month ago, I launched a campaign (#50til50) for the 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday. What started as something spontaneous without much of a plan has turned into a powerful learning experience for me and for others. While it's a fun and creative project, the inspiration...

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Dear Mr. and Mrs. Holmes

(7) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 1:08 PM

"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." ― Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

Dear Mr and Mrs Holmes,


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Pledging Allegiance to Every Flag!

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 2:21 PM


Our perception of flags over the past month has changed. We are more aware, more conscious, and we are having an important dialogue about the power of such symbols in both our culture and our own minds. Between the intense and long overdue...

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50 Shades Of 50

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 6:45 AM


Today I launched a campaign on Instagram called #50til50. I made the decision to capture snapshots of my life in the 50 days leading to my birthday last summer while I was singing and dancing on a chair in a restaurant...

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Everything We Need to Know About Peace Is in Charleston, S.C.

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:57 PM


As soon as the news broke of the horrific tragedy in Charleston, SC, an editor reached out to me to ask if I would write something to weigh in with my opinion. I was cautious and apprehensive, but I sat at my laptop...

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Candle in the Darkness of Charleston

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 5:51 PM


I write with a broken heart as we once again stand together as a nation in the grief of a brutal shooting that stuns the world.

Without a doubt, the events that transpired in Charleston, S.C. are tragic, and the premature loss of...

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Turning Ripples Into Tidal Waves for Flawless Mental Health

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 2:30 PM


If you were to compare making a change in the world to tossing a pebble into water, you would quickly see that alone, one single pebble makes a small splash with ripples that slowly fade. You would realize how difficult it...

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The College Transition: Navigating the Deep End of the Pool

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:05 AM


It's that time of year again. The universal reply date for colleges has just come and gone, so students are dealing with the aftermath of making a decision under a great deal of pressure. It would be nice...

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Warrior Moms of Mental Health Advocacy

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 7:09 PM


"Perhaps it takes courage to raise children."
-John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Advocates. Partners. Heroes.
Brave. Fierce. Honest. Flawless.

These are only some of the words that describe three courageous mothers...

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May Means Hope for Mental Health!

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 2:05 PM

People often ask me what my dream is in my work at The Flawless Foundation and my answer is always the same: a world where the cause of mental health is celebrated and where every person living with these challenges...
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Are We in the Emerald City, Dr. Oz?

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 3:47 PM

"But isn't everything here green?" asked Dorothy.
"No more than in any other city," replied Oz; "but when you wear green spectacles, why of course everything you see looks green to you."
-- from 'The Wizard of Oz' by Frank L. Baum

Dr. Oz has many wondering if he...

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In Oz We Trust?

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 3:33 PM

The Hippocratic Oath (Greek: ὅρκος horkos) is an oath historically taken by physicians. It is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to swear, upon a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards.


Dear Dr. Oz,

You may remember...

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Star Light, Star Bright

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.


Last week, I wrote a blog about the Germanwings crash called,

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The Sky Was Black... My Breath Was Steady

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 11:14 AM


"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love."

- Martin Luther King Jr. (Nobel Lecture, The Quest for Peace & Justice - 1964)

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Sacred Sisterhood of Healers!

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 3:49 PM


I don't know how many people learn about the revolutionary Dorothea Dix in school any more, but for people involved with mental health advocacy, she is a shining light and one of the great women of history. It is poignant for me that...

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Quiet Revolution = Peace

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 4:05 PM


We recently attended the Omega Mindfulness & Education Conference in New York City where we were inspired by connecting with our community of flawless activists.

The conference began on a bittersweet note as we immediately bumped into an educator we have...

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Bent on Yoga Magic!

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 2:01 PM

"The most important technology available to all of us is right here. It's our body. " Gopi Kallayil

Gopi Kallayil, the Chief Evangelist at Google, inspired a room filled with close to 300 guests in formal attire to...

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Dear Dr. Phil -- Is the 3rd Time a Charm?

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Dear Dr. Phil,

Maybe you remember, we've been in touch a few times before. Back in 2013, I shared some thoughts with you about the use of language around mental health . My point was simply that the widespread and unconscious use of discriminatory language to describe people...

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