Amy Cohen, Ph.D., director of SMI Adviser, says her resting state is optimistic. In 2017, after nearly two decades working at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, she sought a new opportunity to push change in care for those with serious mental illness. “When I saw the call for
When René Keet was in medical school in the Netherlands, he was torn between going into psychiatry or infectious disease. He chose epidemiology because studying mental health felt too close to home. When his sister died unexpectedly, he fell into a deep depression. “Also, a close family member battled with
While serving in the United States Marine Corps, during training, Silouan Green had just taken off when his jet caught fire, forcing him to eject. During the crash, his copilot died, and Green’s back shattered. Although he was in agonizing pain, doctors at the nearby Oceana, Virginia, hospital didn’t do
Twenty-eight years ago, Paolo del Vecchio joined SAMHSA to work in consumer affairs activities. During his tenure, he’s been the director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services and the Office of Management, Technology, and Operations. He’s now the director of SAMHSA’s newly established Office of Recovery. “I was the
As a researcher at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, Dr. Sidney Hankerson has studied how faith leaders are a mental health access point, helping address mental health disparities in Black and Hispanic communities. “Pastors are frontline mental health professionals, regardless of race or religious affiliation,” he said.