April 08

Open Mind Program Healing with Dr. Thomas Insel

Wednesday, March 30 5:00 - 6:00 PMOf Sound MindRegistration is required for this free live private Zoom event.Please join The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Board of Advisors for an Open Mindprogram with Thomas Insel, MD., author of the new critically acclaimed book, Healing – Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health. Dr. Thomas Insel, psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and former director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for 13 years, writes about the current mental health care crisis in the United States.  In clear detail, using extensive research and narratives, many of them personal, he defines the social factors that have led to this crisis. Dr. Insel asserts that U.S. society already has the tools necessary to deal with and even eradicate this crisis. Educating the public, he believes, and lessening or eliminating the stigma attached to mental illness, will allow the nation to properly arrange—and utilize to its fullest—the resources that are already available, thus allowing healing instead of continually providing expensive, temporary patches. Dr. Thomas Insel has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology. After serving as the Director of Mental Health from 2002-2015, he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) in South San Francisco, CA. In 2017, he co-founded Mindstrong Health, a Silicon Valley start-up building tools for people with serious mental illness. In 2019, Dr. Insel served as a special advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom, helping with behavioral health issues. In 2020, he co-founded Humanest Care, a therapeutic online community for recovery. He is currently Chair of the Board of the Steinberg Institute and serves on the boards of Fountain House, Foundation for NIH, and the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy, as well as being an advisor to several mental health start-ups.  With journalist co-founders, he recently launched MindSite News, a non-profit digital publication focused on mental health issues. Dr. Insel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous national and international awards including honorary degrees in the U.S. and Europe. Jonathan Sherin, MD, PhD, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), will join Dr. Insel in conversation.  A long-time advocate for the wellbeing of individuals and our collective, in pursuit of a more inclusive and connected society, Dr. Sherin has worked to help dismantle access barriers across the health and human service spectrum.  In his role as director, he oversees the largest public mental health system in the United States with an annual budget approaching $3 billion.  Prior to joining LACDMH, Dr. Sherin served for over a decade at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where he held a variety of posts, most recently as chief of mental health for the Miami VA Healthcare System. He has also held a variety of academic posts, formerly as vice-chairman for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami, and currently as volunteer clinical professor at both UCLA and USC.  In addition to his leadership in the health and human services sector, Dr. Sherin has made significant contributions to the field of neuroscience, which include seminal sleep research studies, published in Science magazine, and a conceptual model of the psychotic process, for which he received the prestigious Kempf Award from the American Psychiatric Association. Thomas Strouse, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the inaugural holder of the Maddie Katz Chair in Palliative Care Research and Education will moderate the discussion. Dr. Strouse is also Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Strouse served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA from 2007 through 2021. To watch videos of past Open Mind programs, please visit www.friendsofnpi.org/open-mind-videos or  YouTube Channel.