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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. Senior clinical experts, researchers, and editors review all clinical content on this blog before it is published.

  • During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Schuyler Henderson, MD, MPH, spoke about psychiatry and refugee and immigrant populations; trends in mental health care; and more.

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Schuyler Henderson, MD, MPH, spoke with us about a number of topics including psychiatry and refugee and immigrant populations; trends in mental health care; and some of his current projects. 

  • Freedom from stigma is the first of the four freedoms proposed by the Austen Riggs Center that are foundations of mental health.

    Freedom from stigma is the first of the four freedoms that are foundations of mental health.

    In the United States, estimates are that nearly 45 million adults have mental illness; yet fewer than half reportedly seek treatment (National Institute of Mental Health, 2018). Most people have either struggled with symptoms of a mental illness at some point in their lives or know someone who has. Despite this shared experience, stigma toward mental illness persists.

  • Heather Forouhar Graff, MD, is a staff psychiatrist in psychoanalytic studies at the Austen Riggs Center.

    Dr. Heather Forouhar Graff, a psychiatry Fellow at the Austen Riggs Center, talks about some of the long-term benefits for psychiatry Fellows who train and practice in Riggs’ unique setting. 

  • Austen Riggs Center opens the exhibition on Main Street.

    On Saturday, May 25, the Austen Riggs Center hosted more than 100 invited guests at 48 Main Street in Stockbridge at an official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for its centennial-year exhibition, “The Hospital on Main Street: Human Dignity and Mental Health.” The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Riggs, chronicles its founding, and explores its place in the history of mental health treatment and research.

  • Celebrating 100 years of lives reclaimed at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to answer the question: “What does the Riggs Centennial Mean to Me?” Our second blog entry comes from IRB Administrator Kim Hunter-Schaedle, PhD.

  • Celebrating 100 years of lives reclaimed at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

    Austen Riggs held a blog competition among staff members where we asked them to answer the question: “What does the Riggs Centennial Mean to Me?” Our first blog entry comes from Staff Nurse Amy Hardt, RN, MPH, MAA.

  • Riggs Theatre 37 to Stage Shakespeare’s Henry V May 14-19, 2019

    Each spring, a group of Austen Riggs Center patients and actors from the local community stage a Shakespearian production in the intimate Riggs Theatre located at 37 Main Street in Stockbridge on the second floor. This year’s production, William Shakespeare’s Henry V, will be performed nightly at 7:30 p.m. from Tuesday, May 14 through Sunday, May 19.

  • Riggs Clinicians to Present at 2019 APA Annual Meeting

    May 18-22, Riggs clinicians will be presenting in San Francisco, CA, at the 2019 Annual Meetings of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (AAPDPP), and PsychSIGN.

  • Cyberbullying Causes and Potential Interventions: An Interview with Dr. Christopher Barlett

    During a visit to the Austen Riggs Center earlier this year, Christopher Barlett, PhD, spoke with us about a number of topics related to cyberbullying including advice for parents, the creations of a theory to explain cyberbullying processes, and how intervention efforts can utilize the theory to reduce cyberbullying. 

  • The Austen Riggs Center to Open "The Hospital on Main Street: Human Dignity and Mental Health" A Special Exhibition in Stockbridge, MA.

    The Austen Riggs Center is proud to announce the new exhibition, “The Hospital on Main Street: Human Dignity and Mental Health,” over Memorial Day Weekend. The exhibition will be located in the newly renovated annex of the Old Corner House in Stockbridge, and chronicles the history of Riggs, from its founding by Dr. Austen Fox Riggs in 1919, to its current position as a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment center.

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