Healing the Mental Health Care System

IN this week’s show Beth speaks with Dr Thomas Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Insel was giving a presentation when the father of a boy with schizophrenia yelled from the back of the room, “Our house is on fire and you’re telling me about the chemistry of the paint! What are you doing to put out the fire?” Dr. Insel knew in his heart that the answer was not nearly enough. In his book, Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health, Dr. Insel describes approaches that work, both in the U.S. and globally. The path to healing, built upon what he calls the three Ps (people, place, and purpose), is more straightforward than we might imagine. In his book, he offers a comprehensive plan for our failing system and for families trying to discern the way forward. He also publishes a newsletter with current information on the mental health community and actions.
Executive Producer: Susan Moran
Show Producer: Beth Bennett

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