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The Mental Health Crisis in America Keynote Speaker Profile: Tom Insel, MD

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Co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health, former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and recently appointed “Mental Health Czar” for the state of California  Dr. Insel will give the Session 1 keynote presentation, “Beyond MagiCo-founder and President of Mindstrong Health, former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and recently appointed “Mental Health Czar” for the state of California

Dr. Insel will give the Session 1 keynote presentation, “Beyond Magical Thinking” on Saturday morning at the Austen Riggs Center Centennial Conference, “The Mental Health Crisis in America.” 

Learn more or register for the conference at: www.austenriggs.org/CentennialConference

“Beyond Magical Thinking” Keynote Presentation Description 

This lecture  will offer a bridge from problem to solution, based on a personal journey in psychiatry that began more than four decades ago in Pittsfield (with time at Riggs and at the Brien Center, then called the Berkshire Mental Health Center). Dr. Insel claims the care provided then was in some ways better than the care we provide now. He will also speak about his experience with NIMH, redefining mental disorders as brain disorders, and his work in Silicon Valley developing digital technologies for diagnosis and treatment. He will describe what he calls the flaw of “magical thinking” of our field: imagining that there is a single pill, single app, or single intervention that will be “a silver bullet” for mental illness. While he argues that the problem can be framed as a health problem deserving a medical approach, the solutions are profoundly more complicated requiring comprehensive efforts that include social connections and communities of compassion.  “Half a century ago, we knew much less but we understood that people with mental illness deserved a life in the community, not incarcerated, not homeless, and not, as President Kennedy said in 1963, “alien to our affections.”

Below are some recent interviews, talks, and presentations featuring Dr. Insel:

Media

Can Smartphones Solve the Mental Health Crisis? | Tom Insel | TEDxVeniceBeach
TEDx Talks, January 18, 2019

Tom Insel MD of Mindstrong on Technology in Medicine (Interview with Cody Rall MD)
Techforpsych, June 18, 2018

Tom Insel, MD, on Better Therapeutics for Mental Illness
Medscape, April 9, 2018

Thomas Insel: "Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope" from TIPS 2017
McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, January 28, 2018

Mayo Clinic Transform 2018 - Navigating Our Future: Tom Insel, M.D.
Mayo Clinic, October 15, 2018

Mental Disorders as Brain Disorders: Thomas Insel at TEDxCaltech
TEDx Talks, February 8, 2013

In the News

California counties inconsistent in offering critical treatment for early psychosis
San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2019

To help people with mental illness, keep them in school
Calmatters.org, April 17, 2019

California names former Google scientist as the state’s ‘mental health czar’
STAT, May 22, 2019

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