Brain Matters

The Consequences of Talking Publicly About My Bipolar Illness

Psychologist and prize-winning author Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison reflects on her courageous decision to disclose publicly her own history of bipolar illness, and about her efforts to reduce stigma. She is especially dedicated to counseling young people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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Looking at Addiction and Suicide Through the Lens of Brain Science

The New York Times reported that drugs, alcohol, and suicide together claimed more than 150,000 American lives in 2017. The grim statistic, attributed to two public health nonprofit groups, was based on mortality data compiled by the U.S. CDC. Suicides accounted for over 47,000 of these

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A Novel Way to Help People in Prisons and Jails with Severe Mental Illness

Q&A with Judge Steven Leifman, Associate Administrative Judge, Miami-Dade County Court-Criminal Division, Florida, 2018 BBRF Pardes Humanitarian Prizewinner in Mental Health, and 2012 BBRF Productive Lives Awardwinner.

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Judge Faces the Challenge of the Criminalization of Mental Illness

Miami, Florida is famous for its sun, sand and sea. Less commonly known is the fact that it hosts the highest percentage of people with a mental illness of any urban area in the U.S.—three times the national average, to be exact.

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Homelessness and Mental Illness: A Challenge to Our Society

What is the prevalence of mental illness among people experiencing homelessness in the U.S.?

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