7 Mental Health Clinicians Reflect Upon Working on 9/11

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How One Question Turned My Life Around (on Sweatpants & Coffee)

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On Suicides and Vague Eulogies


I met a man, I’ll call Tony, three years ago when we both volunteered at St. Anthony’s Dining Room in San Francisco, an organization that serves people in poverty. For some reason, I had thought about him a couple of …

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A Teacher of Life — Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks (Photo by Luigi Novi)

I wonder how many healthcare professionals had Oliver Sacks as part of their education through his books, wisdom, or research. He shaped me as an occupational therapy student back in the early 90’s. I loved and respected his ability to …

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Cell Phones and Short Attention Spans

Distracted Parents

Attention. Lately, I’ve reflected on it both personally and professionally, the latter with respect to my roles as an occupational therapist (OT) and as a writer. OTs are trained to observe others while they engage in meaningful occupations in order …

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May is Mental Health Month


According to, “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every …

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Coping During the Holidays

Take a hike!

The holidays are a time for celebrating, but it can be difficult for many for various reasons. Markers of time such as holidays can serve as a reminder to some that they aren’t celebrating such events with loved ones due …

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Bystander Effect

Crowded bus

My original plans for today changed last night when my car broke down. Turns out finding an auto repair shop in San Francisco that could fix it today was not as easy as I had hoped. I eventually found a …

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Hearts and Stars: A Blessing and a Curse

That's Better

The first time I saw Jennifer pregnant was five days before Jane was born.  It was September 26, 2009, Grandparent’s Day in the UK.  That day was the first time I met Ryan, Jane’s father, too. Jennifer was scheduled to …

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#BookADay: Mental Health and Multiculturalism

Of Spirits and Madness by Paul R. Linde

Of Spirits and Madness: An American Psychiatrist in Africa was written by Dr. Paul R. Linde, a psychiatrist I worked with in one of San Francisco’s county jails. Dr. Linde and his wife moved to Zimbabwe. His efforts to learn …

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