Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health (A FAN Program with Thomas Insel, MD)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Thomas Insel, MD, author of the new book, Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health. Dr. Insel will be interviewed by David Schreiber, MD, co-founder and CEO of Compass Health Center. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

FAN is honored to give away copies of Healing! Recipients will be chosen randomly from the event’s Zoom attendance list, and books can be either picked up at The Book Stall, or be shipped if necessary. All details on the Zoom registration page.

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

About the Book:  As director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Thomas Insel, MD was giving a presentation when the father of a boy with schizophrenia yelled from the back of the room, “Our house is on fire and you’re telling me about the chemistry of the paint! What are you doing to put out the fire?” Dr. Insel knew in his heart that the answer was: not nearly enough. The gargantuan American mental health industry was not healin millions who were desperately in need. He left his position atop the mental health research world to investigate all that was broken—and what a better path to mental health might look like.

In the United States, we have treatments that work, but our system fails at every stage to deliver care well. Even before COVID, mental illness was claiming a life every eleven minutes by suicide. Quality of care varies widely, and much of the field lacks accountability. We focus on drug therapies for symptom reduction rather than on plans for long-term recovery. Care is often unaffordable and unavailable, particularly for those who need it most and are homeless or incarcerated. But Dr. Insel also found that we have approaches that work, both in the U.S. and globally. Mental illnesses are medical problems, but the cures for the crisis are not just medical, but social. This path to healing, built upon what he calls the three Ps (people, place, and purpose), is more straightforward than we might imagine.

About the Author: Thomas lnsel, MD, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology. Dr. Insel is the author of the 2022 book Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). More recently (2015 – 2017), 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 on behavioral health issues. In 2020, he co-founded Humanest Care, a therapeutic online community for recovery. With journalist co-founders, he recently launched MindSite News, a non-profit digital publication focused on mental health issues

About the Interviewer: A child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, David Schreiber, MD is the co-founder and CEO of Compass Health Center (CHC), the largest provider of intensive non-hospital based psychiatric care in Illinois. CHC has locations in Chicago, Northbrook, Oakbrook, and in virtual settings statewide. Founded in 2011 with 11 employees, CHC has grown to 600 staff, including 450 clinicians who treat 700 crisis patients per day. Together with CHC co-founder Claudia Welke, MD, Dr. Schreiber has built an innovative, transformative model of in-person and virtual partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) services, with 48 specialized programs for children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. Dr. Schreiber attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed his adult psychiatry residency at Yale University College of Medicine and his child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital

About the Book:  As director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Thomas Insel, MD was giving a presentation when the father of a boy with schizophrenia yelled from the back of the room, “Our house is on fire and you’re telling me about the chemistry of the paint! What are you doing to put out the fire?” Dr. Insel knew in his heart that the answer was: not nearly enough. The gargantuan American mental health industry was not healing millions who were desperately in need. He left his position atop the mental health research world to investigate all that was broken—and what a better path to mental health might look like.

In the United States, we have treatments that work, but our system fails at every stage to deliver care well. Even before COVID, mental illness was claiming a life every eleven minutes by suicide. Quality of care varies widely, and much of the field lacks accountability. We focus on drug therapies for symptom reduction rather than on plans for long-term recovery. Care is often unaffordable and unavailable, particularly for those who need it most and are homeless or incarcerated. But Dr. Insel also found that we have approaches that work, both in the U.S. and globally. Mental illnesses are medical problems, but the cures for the crisis are not just medical, but social. This path to healing, built upon what he calls the three Ps (people, place, and purpose), is more straightforward than we might imagine.

About the Author: Thomas lnsel, MD, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, has been a national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology. Dr. Insel is the author of the 2022 book Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health. From 2002-2015, Dr. Insel served as Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). More recently (2015 – 2017), 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 on behavioral health issues. In 2020, he co-founded Humanest Care, a therapeutic online community for recovery. With journalist co-founders, he recently launched MindSite News, a non-profit digital publication focused on mental health issues.

About the Interviewer: A child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, David Schreiber, MD is the co-founder and CEO of Compass Health Center (CHC), the largest provider of intensive non-hospital based psychiatric care in Illinois. CHC has locations in Chicago, Northbrook, Oakbrook, and in virtual settings statewide. Founded in 2011 with 11 employees, CHC has grown to 600 staff, including 450 clinicians who treat 700 crisis patients per day. Together with CHC co-founder Claudia Welke, MD, Dr. Schreiber has built an innovative, transformative model of in-person and virtual partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) services, with 48 specialized programs for children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. Dr. Schreiber attended the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed his adult psychiatry residency at Yale University College of Medicine and his child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event date: 

Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593298046
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Press - February 22nd, 2022

A bold, expert, and actionable map for the re-invention of America’s broken mental health care system.

“Healing is truly one of the best books ever written about mental illness, and I think I’ve read them all." —Pete Earley, author of Crazy