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.
Trust comes from the quality of services, says Dr. Monserrate Allende Santos. “When someone calls our crisis line, we respond immediately, utilizing all our strategies and sharing every resource we have. If the person needs more, we go directly to the community to provide services face-to-face.” Dr. Allende Santos is
“We know that everyone’s 988 readiness, in terms of state capacity, is different, but we didn’t want to wait one more minute,” says Heath Hayes, Chief Communications Officer at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “We knew we had the capacity to deliver this lifesaving service.”
Veronica is an award-winning peer recovery coach, helping people navigate the challenges she faced. When asked what or who she credits for her recovery, Veronica doesn’t hesitate to say ongoing MAT and caring recovery coaches, but, she lowers her voice, her colleagues don’t know.
Ron Bruno, a retired Utah police officer and CEO of Crisis Response Programs and Training, says mental health shouldn't come in a police car.
The Australian Government has taken a bold step to address suicide by establishing one of the world’s first dedicated National Suicide Prevention Offices (NSPO). Led by Dr Michael Gardner, the NSPO has a whole of government remit placing greater emphasis on the social determinants of health as a preventive strategy.