Saturday, June 13, 2015

Mental Disorders as Brain Disorders: Thomas Insel at TEDxCaltech

Thomas R. lnsel, M.D. is director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) charged with generating knowledge needed to understand, treat, and prevent mental disorders. Prior to his appointment as NIMH Director in 2002, Tom was professor of psychiatry at Emory University where he was founding director of the NSF Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and director of an NIH-funded Center for Autism Research. He has published over 250 scientific articles and four books and has served on numerous academic, scientific, and professional committees and boards. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service and the 2010 La Fondation IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity Prize. No endorsement of this event by NIMH/NIH is intended.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

On January 18, 2013, Caltech hosted TEDxCaltech: The Brain, a forward-looking celebration of humankind's quest to understand the brain, by exploring the past, present and future of neuroscience. Visit for more details.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Today is the day! Help spread the word by sharing this with your friends! Our new Walk-in Clinic opens today! 5-8:00 pm. Ages 12 and up, uninsured, don't have to be a current patient. Base fee $35, with small additional fee (shots/etc) if needed! First come-first served! We are excited to offer this new service to the public!

KPD: Homeless man's body found in North Knoxville creek

They are homeless & seriously mentally ill. 
They live under bridges, next to creeks. 
They self medicate themselves to a state of numbness and
accidentally fall into creeks or stumble into the path of traffic
and they die. 
Their sad story makes the headlines, then they're forgotten again.
A health & safe society is not what they're getting --
But it's what they deserve.
I have to wonder if he was one of the 300+ served
Under the Bridge last night.

Update on the "I'm Schizo-phrenic" butane lighters.

Good news!  Several of us received a response from Gibson  Enterprises that the "I'm Schizo-phrenic" lighters have actually been out of production for awhile. Thank you, Gibson, for the information. And thanks to those of you who wrote to Gibson to express their views.

If you should ever encounter stigma on your store shelves, I encourage you to call it to the attention of the store manager and request the item be removed.  Think of it as an opportunity to raise awareness about serious mental illness and that although people may "have" an illness, no one "is" an illness.

Let's continue taking small bites of the stigma elephant, wherever we see it.

It really does make a difference ...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Crisis Hotline for Tennessee Veterans

Is there someone to call if a veteran is in crisis or at risk of suicide? YES

The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.

Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online at* to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.

The professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances—from Veterans coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans struggling with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.

Did you know? #TB4T

Knoxville Community Men's Health Fair

We will have free shuttles running around the city to pick up and bring you home. No insurance is needed. No doctor referral needed -- Dentist, doctors, we even have vision people who can check the vision of infants! Everything is FREE! Bring your men! We need healthy men to ensure our families and communities are strong!! If you need a certain screening call the number on the flyer.

On Memorial Day, we must remember that homeless and at-risk veterans need more than just shelter.

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