May 2017: Mental Health Awareness PDF Print E-mail



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May is Mental Health Awareness month and never, in my memory, has our country treated science with such skepticism. In light of the concerning political changes sweeping our nation, it is vital that those of us who support scientific knowledge and evidence-based research come together to advance our shared interest and investment in education, research, and treatment of mental health concerns. Like those in Boston, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere who participated in the March for Science, we must all engage in activities that promote the immense benefit that science has on our everyday lives.


We at CEDAR are proud to be avid supporters of Lynda Cutrell, a passionate visual artist and long-time mental health advocate, who will be kicking off her new exhibit, Many Faces of Our Mental Health, at the Museum of Science on May 27th.  This exhibit features her touching 99 Faces Anti-Stigma Project as well as sculptures, paintings, and videos that blend science and art in a poignant portrayal of mental health and recovery. We also welcome you to listen to the latest CEDAR Brain Talk Series, where CEDAR Clinical Team Leader Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, Ph.D. discusses the important role that stress plays in mental health and recovery.


Given that mental health concerns affect every one of us, we all benefit from increased support of mental health research and treatment, which is only feasible through adequate funding and community involvement. We at CEDAR hope you will take action and join us in supporting these noble efforts.


~ Janine Hill, Ph.D., CEDAR psychologist, Head of Community Outreach and Education, 4/26/17



January 2017: The New Year


Welcome to the Winter blog from the CEDAR Clinic!  We invite you to visit us regularly at www.cedarclinic.org and subscribe to our blogs to keep informed about CEDAR happenings that may be of interest to you.  We remind you to feel free to share what you think by leaving your comments!


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It’s hard to believe that the holidays are behind us and the New Year is here.  Happy, healthful 2017!  There is so much to enjoy about this time of year; the warm feeling of togetherness of the holiday season is still upon us, perhaps with a little more time to catch our breath and enjoy. The New Year opens opportunities for starting anew, catching up with old friends and making new connections.  In that light, we welcome you to get to know our staff at CEDAR better.  We have put together a podcast series entitled Brain Talk. In our podcast series, we introduce you to the CEDAR staff and provide information about brain science, innovative therapies and resources available to help young people experiencing mental health difficulties.  The first in our podcast, we feature Matcheri Keshavan, M.D., our internationally renowned psychiatrist, researcher and advisor to the CEDAR program, who discusses the biology of brain development.  You can access the podcast here:  


Vlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNEOqGzWn8I


Please look for our next Brain Talk episode featuring Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, Ph.D., CEDAR clinic director. Michelle will be discussing clinical high risk for youth and how stress plays a role in exacerbating symptoms. As always, we appreciate your interest in new happenings here at the CEDAR clinic and value your ideas regarding ways to partner with us. Our team at CEDAR wishes you a very happy New Year!


~ Janine Hill, Ph.D., CEDAR psychologist, Head of Community Outreach and Education, 1/6/17



September 2016: New Beginnings


Welcome to the first blog from the CEDAR Clinic! We invite you to visit us regularly at www.cedarclinic.org or subscribe to our blogs to keep informed about CEDAR happenings that may be of interest to you. We remind you to feel free to share what you think by leaving your comments!


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This time of year seems filled with new beginnings. With the warmer summer days coming to a close, Boston is once again filling up; restaurants are busier, streets more crowded, and the beginning of a new academic year is upon us. In the air is the promise of new opportunity and hope for growth. While for many, the days of packing our backpacks are long behind us, each September I think about the process of preparing for the new academic year. What tools will I need in order to be successful in handling the new opportunities and challenges this year? For me, newly assuming the role as the Head of Outreach and Education at the CEDAR Clinic, my backpack must include some essential elements of relationship-building and good communication. While the foundation of our CEDAR team work is meaningful research and effective clinical care, focusing on prevention and early intervention of psychotic-related difficulties, our primary goal is to serve individuals, families, and the community at large. In that effort, opening the lines of communication is of paramount importance to our efforts. We would like to inform you about new happenings here at the CEDAR clinic, ways to partner with us, and to hear your ideas about building this connection. One of the ways we hope to communicate is via blog and Twitter postings. These will keep you informed of a host of topics including our research efforts, clinical offerings, including state of the art psychosis-specific treatments, as well as commentary on general mental health issues and psychosis-related information. We will also keep you up-to-date on educational opportunities, including conferences, podcasts and free outreach trainings. We welcome you to be included in the CEDAR team efforts.


Janine Hill, Ph.D., CEDAR Psychologist, Head of Community Outreach and Education, 9/23/16

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 August 2017 22:27