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Elyn Saks

An Actor, Writer, Law Student and Genius Award Recipient

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week so let's get to work on rewriting the script with a happier ending of a world with early detection, effective treatment, and open conversations about mental health.

Simple Math

Janine Francolini | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

It is that monumental time of year. Spring is in the air. Cherry blossoms are blooming. Letters stuffed with confetti are arriving... or not. For man...

Will You Be Our Heroes? Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Mr. Williams

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Janine Francolini

While I have raised my 12-year-old son with language around brain health that is proactive and enlightened, he still uses slang and terms that are offensive. Media and culture have won out over my endless efforts to be a role model and educate him on the importance of words.

Dear Dr. Phil

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.01.2013 | Media
Janine Francolini

In our society, the wide use of discriminatory language to describe people with mental illness has blurred our minds, hearts and souls. Changing our language and taking this conversation out of the shadows can save lives.

Liberty and Justice for All: Version 2.0

Janine Francolini | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

This year I dedicate my Independence Day blog to Pete Earley and Professor Elyn Saks, who, like our forefathers are leaders for a movement to search for truth and justice for the rights of every citizen.

A Is for....

Janine Francolini | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Awareness! And Awareness is what we have been focusing on this past month, as President Obama signed a proclamation declaring May as National Mental Health Awareness Month (the first president to do so!)

Titanium Hearts

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

As we struggled to make sense of hundreds of statistics and research studies on recidivism, gun violence, homicide, suicide and juvenile justice, one clear, simple concept emerged: We know what to do. We just need the will to do it. Where does this will come from?

Mental Illness and Mindful Awareness: 10 Marathon Training Tips

Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Melanie Harth, Ph.D., LMHC

Who are you, who are we, beyond the reductionist judgments, labels, family and cultural experiences that helped teach us who we think we are? For mental illness or no, we all are taught who we're supposed to be long before we're capable of knowing that for ourselves.

We Need to Expand Involuntary Treatment for Severe Mental Illness

David Vognar | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
David Vognar

Countless mental health professionals care deeply about their patients and want them to get better. Strengthening involuntary treatment will allow them to do that.

Elyn Saks and the Power of Romance in Taming Schizophrenia

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.12.2012 | Los Angeles
Robert David Jaffee

Not only are the vast majority of schizophrenics law-abiding citizens, many of them hold down good jobs and function at a high level, though few have achieved the laurels of Elyn Saks.

Gray Lady Has Come a Long Way on Mental-Health Coverage

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.24.2011 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

Many people with mental illness have also of course remained anonymous because of stigma. For years, I never publicly discussed my illness, but I began to write about my psychosis in 2005.

Elyn Saks: Recovery Of A Genius

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

The vast majority of psychotics are never a threat to anyone but themselves. Those with severe mental illness but no substance abuse problems commit only 3 to 4% of violent crime.

Lies and Lying Liars Hurt the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

As much as TV pundits damage the cause of the mentally ill by often ascribing mass murders to "psychotics," as opposed to psychopaths, they are not alone in perpetuating stigma.

Glad To Be Mad: Mentally Ill Start 'Mad Pride' Movement (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Yesterday the New York Times explored the burgeoning "mad pride" movement, which aims to fight the stigma of serious mental illness like schizophrenia...