Dr. Thomas Insel, a highly respected mental health expert, found inspiration in an honest comment from a frustrated family member. He was speaking to a group of mental health advocates about the advances in research and treatment when a man stood up to tell him that their family’s house was on fire, and Insel was only discussing the chemistry of the paint. This striking remark compelled Insel to reevaluate his priorities and look for ways to make a real impact on mental health care. He went on to work at Google, where he believed technology could help scale the proven therapies and treatments he had been researching. In this episode, Eric and Dr. Insel discuss why we need a different approach to mental health and…
- How to recognize the essential role personalized mental health care plays in improving well-being.
- How to determine the powerful influence of peer support and professional interventions in mental health recovery.
- Understanding the benefits of adopting an outcomes-focused mental health policy.
- Unraveling the challenges of addiction and the need for effective understanding and treatment approaches.
- The urgent need to assess the opportunities of incorporating mental health treatment into other health care programs for holistic care.
Tom lnsel, M.D., a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and most recently led the Mental Health Team at Verily. He co-founded Mindstrong Health, a start-up building tools for people with serious mental illness, and served as a special advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom (2019), to help with behavioral health issues. In 2020, he co-founded Humanest Care, a therapeutic online community for recovery. In 2022, he joined Vanna Health as a co-founder and executive chair. Vanna Health is a start-up helping people with serious mental illness engage in psychosocial supportive care. He is the author of Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health 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.
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