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Barbara Van Dahlen

Chris Stapleton's "Fire Away"

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 03.01.2016 | Entertainment
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Country music star Chris Stapleton might seem like an unusual agent of culture change but anyone who has listened to the Grammy Award winning album Tr...

We Are Changing the Direction of Mental Health!

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Since launching the Campaign to Change Direction in March 2015, I have often been asked why--and how--Give an Hour, a national nonprofit organization ...

A Change in Direction Is in the Air

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

It seems clear that a change is in the air. Clearly, people are interested in telling stories, in sharing stories, and in hearing stories about mental health, mental illness, recovery, and hope. Perhaps we are beginning to accept that all families face mental health challenges.

Hate Is a Mental Health Issue

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2015 | Crime
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Does someone who is mentally healthy commit unprovoked, premeditated murder? This type of overwhelming, all-consuming hatred cannot exist within an emotionally healthy human being.

Changing the Culture of Mental Health Can Help Us Prevent Tragedies

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

While we may not all have a disorder, we all have mental health, and we all experience emotional pain and suffering at some point in our lives. Perhaps more important, we have all been touched by the consequences of unaddressed mental health concerns, either in ourselves or in our families.

Reaching Those Who Suffer: What We Must Learn From Robin William's Suicide

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

As a society we do an extremely poor job of addressing mental health and mental illness. Access to care is indeed one problem for many. But our perceptions of and ideas about mental health and mental illness are far more destructive to those in need of care and support.

Classy Awards Showcase a Different Kind of Achievement

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Perhaps someday the creativity and passion that we celebrate in our culture will extend beyond the movie stars, recording artists and athletes who entertain us.

The Right Question to Ask

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Here is what we know so far about the recent tragedy at Ft. Hood. We know that 34-year-old U.S. Army Specialist Ivan Lopez was born in Puerto Rico. He...

Bipartisan Support for Those Who Serve

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

I have been impressed with the depth of understanding that many of those on the Hill have about the issues affecting returning troops and their families. And it isn't just the members of the House and Senate who are passionate about caring for those coming home from war. Many of the staffers who work on the Hill are veterans themselves.

Our Responsibility to Veterans

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

How can you really know how your coworker's or neighbor's transition home is going if you don't ask? It doesn't take much to start a conversation that could lead to a friendship that might change your life -- a relationship that could be of tremendous value to someone who has sacrificed so much for all of us.

On Being Human

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 12.23.2013 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

It is important for us to honor and recognize those who behave bravely -- those who risk their lives to serve our country and those who save the lives of others. We should recognize and honor them whether their actions are intentional or reactive.

Psychological Wounds Take Toll on Post-9/11 Veterans

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Many of those who have served on behalf of our nation will need our help as they transition home to our communities. The mental health providers who work with service members and veterans across the country every day hear it firsthand.

TIME 100's Health Stars: 3 Medical Minds Who Are Making A Difference

Posted 04.20.2012 | Healthy Living

TIME Magazine announced their 2012 TIME 100 list -- 100 honorees who were the biggest newsmakers and influencers of the year. Among them were three im...