The Riggs Blog
The Riggs blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking.
The work at Riggs, which places the dignity of the patient at its center, is difficult but rewarding. When we look inward, it is easy to become absorbed in that work and sometimes to feel a deep sense of accomplishment. When we look outward, we have the opportunity to engage those around us in a learning dialogue, but we also encounter the enormity of the problems within mental health more broadly.
Since many of us at Riggs and in the Berkshires are periodic users of Metro North trains for travel into New York City, we have followed with great concern and sadness the tragic crash of a Metro North train in the Bronx last week. How awful that four died and so many sustained injuries that early morning. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all the victims—including the engineer.
Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to write about what makes Riggs unique. This is the third blog in the series, written by Kim Winnegge, L.C.S.W.
As the holiday season approaches, thoughts often turn to year-end acts of charity. Janet Cooperman Hiser, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, describes what it means to donate to Austen Riggs.