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Reinventing mental health care

May 4th, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forum

Mental health care is in crisis. Demand for services has shot up during the pandemic, and it’s harder than ever for patients to find a clinician. Laws requiring insurers to treat mental and physical health conditions equitably are often ignored. The resulting toll on individuals, families, and communities is staggering. There’s no doubt the current system is broken, part of a public health infrastructure teetering on the brink. But there is a way forward. Our panelists bring deep expertise in clinical care, academic research, and population health, as well as lived experience with serious mental illness. Together, they will explore new approaches to mental health care, including a proposal put forward in Tom Insel’s new book, Healing, to focus on “people, place, and purpose.” Join us for a conversation focused on solutions.


Thomas Insel, Former Director, National Institute of Mental Health
Author, Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health

Neha Chaudhary, Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist on faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Chief Medical Officer of BeMe Health

Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow
Harvard Medical School

Carlos Larrauri, Member, NAMI Board of Directors; psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner

Christine Crawford, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University; Associate Medical Director, NAMI


Rhitu Chatterjee, Journalist, NPR


Shekhar Saxena, Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Date: May 4th, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events
Event types: Lectures / Seminars / Forums