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  • IOL Study, Funded by $1 Million Grant, Focuses on Repeat Suicide Attempts

    May 20, 2019

    Time is precious when someone is admitted to the Institute of Living after attempting suicide, making tailored, effective intervention key to warding off future attempts. That’s the impetus behind a three-year study launching under the direction of Dr. David Tolin, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and Center for Cognitive…

  • 5 Things Your Athletic Child Can Learn from Netflix’s ‘Losers’

    April 29, 2019

    By Dr. Peter Lucchio Clinical Psychologist Calling someone a loser is the worst kind of condemnation in our current polarized culture. But “Losers,” a Netflix documentary series, shows another side of losing: athletes who have overcome highly public defeats in ways that can inspire all athletes to be more resilient when…

  • How MATCH’s Telehealth Video Conferencing Can Aid Sobriety

    April 29, 2019

    The Rushford clinical team offering supervised, medication-supported help for opioid addiction makes getting sober even easier by introducing video conferencing so patients don’t have to travel far to check in with an addictions doctor. Called telehealth, the initiative is an extension of Rushford’s Medication Assisted Treatment Close to Home (MATCH)…

  • Twenty-one students, Two Teachers Honored at BrainDance Awards for Student Projects on Mental Illness

    April 29, 2019

    Twenty-one students and two teachers were honored for their work highlighting the stigma of mental illness at the Institute of Living’s 16th annual BrainDance Awards on Thursday, April 25. School/Teacher Award Amanda Torres, Physical and Health Education, and Robert Bajoros, Health Education, Coginchaug Regional High School Art Category 1st place…

  • ‘Our Families’: New Mental Health Support Group for African Americans

    April 23, 2019

    Depression is a very individual experience, influenced by everything from body chemistry, living situation, education level and even race. The latter factor prompted Kimesha Morris, director of social work at the Institute of Living, to create a free, twice-monthly support group aimed specifically at the local African American community. “Our…

  • Why People, And Medical Researchers, Need Help with Anger

    April 16, 2019

    Anger is the first negative emotion babies can express and research shows that as many people seek treatment for it as depression and anxiety combined. Yet it is not officially classified a mental health disorder which, according to Dr. Ray DiGuiseppe, director of education with the Albert Ellis Institute and…

  • Warning Signs of Suicide: How You Can Possibly Save a Life

    April 15, 2019

    This column originally appeared in The CT Mirror. By Dr. James O’Dea Vice President, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network In just a matter of days, two survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting and the father of a first-grade girl killed in the Sandy Hook massacre took his own life. With…

  • BHN’s Prominent Presence at National Council Conference

    April 04, 2019

    As the National Council for Behavioral Health held its annual conference in Nashville in late March, a Behavioral Health Network contingent was on hand, with several clinicians presenting research and observation as part of professional sessions throughout the four-day event. “Hartford HealthCare was well-represented at the conference by an enthusiastic…

  • Mass Shootings, Suicides Create Call for Action

    March 26, 2019

    In just a matter of days, two survivors of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting and the father of a first-grade girl killed in the Sandy Hook massacre committed suicide. While the actual shootings occurred more than six years apart, time has little to do with how someone is impacted by…

  • Men: ED Treatment Sound Too Good To Be True? It Probably is.

    March 17, 2019

    If you were among the 50 percent of adult males between the ages of 40 and 70 with erectile dysfunction, would you pay thousands of dollars for shock-wave treatment, which has uncertainties about long-term effectiveness and safety? Would you be concerned that it is not FDA-approved? You should be. More…


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