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Sacred Sisterhood of Healers!

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

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...

Unplugged With Liza and Janine -- Part One

Janine Francolini | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

We decided that in order to melt down shame and fear around mental health, we needed to have real, open conversations together. We talked about many topics, including our own personal histories of mental health challenges, the civil rights components of this cause, and some of our "secrets."

Sending Love to Fort Hood

Janine Francolini | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Questions of "how/why" always remain during times of shock and trauma related to our country's tragedies around shootings. What we should know is that we cannot look the other way.

'Let Us Never Give Up'

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

"Let us not close our hearts. Let us not lose confidence. Let us never give up. " Pope Francis This week, as I watched the video of the historic, sac...

Dear Mr. Lanza

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Much is being done to prevent other families and communities from experiencing the kind of horrific suffering that your family endured during Adam's life.

Will You Be Yours?

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

I get asked over and over again how I can possibly face and shine light on such difficult issues as mental illness, abuse, trauma, grief, the criminal justice system and all of the related baggage surrounding these topics.

Beyond Beds and Meds: Accepting Nothing Less Than Transformational Change

Chantel Garrett | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Chantel Garrett

We must collectively take urgent action -- as the road ahead for people living with serious mental illness and their families is still a long one, riddled with obstacles on all fronts: social, scientific and political.

With Reverence -- Philip Seymour Hoffman

Janine Francolini | Posted 04.05.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

As we weep over the tragic loss of one of the most brilliant actors of our time, the questions of why and how are surfacing.


Janine Francolini | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

When he went outside, he grabbed his cart with his sleeping bag and other worldly possessions and took a moment to smile and wave at me through the window. The gift of feeling "one" in our humanity with this beautiful man left me with the priceless feeling of being connected and alive.

Candles Are Lit for Keith Vidal

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

On New Years eve, I celebrated the tremendous breakthroughs we witnessed in mental health in the blog, Dreams Came True in 2013. Now, a week later, the nightmare of this public health emergency wakes us up once again.

Well, This Is One Way To Get Flawless Skin

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver and Raydene Salinas | Posted 12.09.2013 | Style

Whether working behind the scenes or in front of the camera, HuffPost Live producer Lauren Mikler's makeup always looks so darn perfect. We can always...

Pollinate Good!

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Ari shared with us that the gifts of service to the giver and the receiver are inextricably connected and that the impact when the elements are in perfect harmony is infinite.

All Hearts on Deck!

Janine Francolini | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Senator Deeds, all hearts are on deck with you. The vibrant photo of Gus playing his banjo on the campaign trail with you will be forever etched in our minds. We honor him and we honor you. We stand with you.

Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth!

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Over the past month there has been an important national discussion concerning discriminatory remarks about people living with mental illness in the media.

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.

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?

"Meaningful Action"

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

We can do this... we can turn our outrage and pain into fuel to catapult us to work together to prevent such tragedies in the future. Bright, inspiring hope prevails and is revealed to us in our work every single day.

Do We Have Any Other Choice?

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact
Janine Francolini

As we mourn the loss of the innocent victims in Colorado, is it possible that we can expand our collective broken hearts to include compassion for suspect James Holmes?

Liberty and Justice for All!

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.06.2012 | Impact
Janine Francolini

This week we celebrated the Fourth of July! A holiday we associate with fireworks, flags, picnics at the beach and our independence. So why was my first thought when I woke up on this day of frolic about teen girls in a juvenile detention center?

'Tis the Season of Flawless Gratitude

Janine Francolini | Posted 02.01.2012 | Impact
Janine Francolini

The challenges that children living with brain differences face each day represent a legitimate public health emergency -- and we have created the "Flawless elixir."