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The Presence of Absence - Holidays without Parents

  • Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:34:09 +0000

A discovery of memorabilia on Christmas morning brings back memories of parents who are no longer with us. The good news for those who are encountering this experience for the first time - it does get better.

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An Unexpected Thanksgiving Story

  • Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:11:28 +0000

A mother gets an unexpected surprise when she hikes to the point where she attempted suicide in 2001 with her now 20 year-old son.

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Shared Experience of Depression Heals Two from Two Cultures

  • Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:24:11 +0000

Decidí Vivir, the Spanish translation of Struck by Living, released this week. The translation process helped heal two families of different languages and culture, but a shared experience of depression.

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How to Survive Your Spouse's Depression

  • Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:32:16 +0000

Ken Hersh, at his recent business school reunion (Stanford), gave a talk on the Top Five ways he maintained his mental health while I was suffering with my suicidal depression. This article recaps his Top Five.

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Mental Health Needs More than a Wake Up Call

  • Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:33:27 +0000

After a flurry of interviews the week of Robin Williams death, a writer reflects on the change needed to cause a quantum shift in mental health.

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Faith, the Intangible Force in Resilience

  • Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:03:15 +0000

Inspired by the faith of immigrants in the "Lost in Translation" speaker series, Hersh explores the impact of faith on resilience. This event took place at the Dallas Museum of Art as part of Arts and Letters Live.

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Jacob Schick: Resilience Through Staying on Mission

  • Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:50:36 +0000

Marine Corps Corporal Jacob Schick, veteran of Iraq who sustained 46 operations and 23 blood transfusions after nearly dying on duty, gives his credo for maintaining a positive attitude.

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Finding Balance in May Madness

  • Fri, 30 May 2014 15:53:14 +0000

How do you appreciate those important spring moments when there are too many of them?

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Intrinsic Motivation: The Missing Link in Mental Health Care

  • Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:44:34 +0000

How does a chance mother-son bet spur global suicide awareness?

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An Ounce of Engagement: The Key to Reducing Military Suicide

  • Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:42:21 +0000

Most of military suicides occur once personnel have left the military and returned home. Can engagement change this trend?

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The Life Lessons of a SMART Class

  • Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:50:13 +0000

Smart Mental Edge Training (SMART) at the Center for BrainHealth offers a lesson about the military.

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The Universal Personal Secret

  • Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:43:31 +0000

Can the arts be a vehicle for healing?

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Mental Illness: Do We See It Coming?

  • Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:50:18 +0000

We need a change of focus to make a quantum shift in mental health care. We need to see it coming. Along with attacking illness, we need to teach people how to care for their brains.

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Making a List for Mental Health, Checking it More Than Twice

  • Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:15:59 +0000

A person who has suffered from clinical depression and stayed well for over 8 years reviews why she is motivated to stick to her wellness list.

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Christmas Zen from a Mediocre Meditator

  • Thu, 12 Dec 2013 23:15:17 +0000

Julie Hersh, the mediocre meditator, finds solace from the holiday rush with some words from a Zen master and, of course, a little chocolate.

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When Recording Surpasses Being There

  • Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:44:00 +0000

At what point does recording an experience alter the experience?

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Brain Change in the Galapagos

  • Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:00:21 +0000

Can exposure to different groups and experiences cause our brains to change? A trip to the Galapagos sets thoughts in motion.

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Is Mental Illness the Right Definition?

  • Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:52:14 +0000

At the UNT Fall Forum an audience member sparks a discussion on the term mental illness. Does that term create more problems than good?

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Does Meditation Make a Difference? Perspective from 35 Days

  • Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:05:43 +0000

What are the benefits of daily meditation? As a newbie meditator, I pause to reflect on my first 35 days.

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An Unexpected Gift: Deepak and Oprah's 21-Day Meditation

  • Thu, 08 Aug 2013 21:26:01 +0000

One week into the 21-Day Meditation Challenge, Hersh relays both the inspiration and insight gained from meditation.

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An Architect of Mental Health

  • Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:12:13 +0000

Pat Deegan, diagnosed as a schizophrenic, lives a life that defies the label of disease.

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TMS or ECT? A Mental Health Consumer Weighs the Options

  • Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:40:50 +0000

Martha Rhodes new memoir, 3,000 Pulses spurs an investigation to compare TMS and ECT

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Finding My Pace at Big Sur

  • Wed, 01 May 2013 18:53:58 +0000

The 21-mile race at Big Sur transforms one runner's view from the inside out.

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Sports: A Source of Strength and Healing in College?

  • Sun, 07 Apr 2013 15:20:27 +0000

A question sparked on a long training run. Do high school athletes realize the protective factors of sports teams when they transition to college? Could lack of a exercise/support community in the college environment be one of the causes of depression?

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Alcohol, the Ugly Punch of College Depression

  • Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:24:11 +0000

A lecture on the impact of Alcohol and other Drugs at the Depression on College Campuses conference sparks a new focus on the impact of alcohol on depression.

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Dallas Mayor’s Symposium a First Step Toward Mental Health

  • Thu, 07 Feb 2013 03:41:13 +0000

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, KERA and the Dallas Morning News open minds and hearts to the hard questions of mental illness.

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Will Obama's Gun Agenda Make a Difference?

  • Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:09:59 +0000

Obama's last executive order regarding Gun Control focuses on mental health. We'd all be better off with mental health as top importance.

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Armed, Untreated Mental Illness is the Deadliest Killer

  • Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:04:18 +0000

Will mental health or gun control be the result of the Sandy Hook tragedy?

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Bob Costas Bravely States the Obvious

  • Tue, 04 Dec 2012 16:44:54 +0000

Bob Costas's honesty about guns and suicide/homicide in his Sunday football broadcast inspires Julie Hersh to break her silence about this issue.

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Remembering Mom During the Holidays

  • Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:54:52 +0000

Can time heal the memory of a parent who was difficult during the last years of life?

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En Decidí Vivir, Julie Hersh discute la ironía de su vida con humor y honestidad brutal. A pesar de tener un esposo amoroso, hijos sanos, seguridad financiera, Julie intento suicidarse en tres ocasiones. Con la ayuda de la terapia electroconvulsiva, Julie logró vencer este desorden. Ahora Julie, ya sana, promueve la importancia the la salud mental en colaboración con otro artistas y organizaciones.

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