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Advances in Mental Health

Welcome to Advances in Mental Health, a blog developed by McLean Hospital featuring commentary on mental health topics in the news, opinions by hospital thought-leaders and discussion about local, regional and national mental health policy. Advances in Mental Health provides our community with an opportunity to educate, while working toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the stigma of mental illness.

Pictured: McLean's Lois Choi-Kain, MEd, MD, medical director of McLean Gunderson and Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, director of the College Mental Health Program.

College Mental Health: A Checklist for Parents

Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, director of McLean's College Mental Health Program, has advice for parents of college-aged students.

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Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD
Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD


“It is very likely that your child, or one of her roommates or friends, will encounter a mental health issue while she is away at college. Talk with her about mental health and let her know she’s not alone. ”

~Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker

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Philip Levendusky, PhD

Using the Right Strategies, New Year's Goals Are Attainable

This New Year's Eve, millions of Americans will resolve to lose weight, give up smoking, save money, do volunteer work, or find a new job. Chances are, they made the same resolution last year and the year before. Research shows that nearly 90...

A Crisis Point: Staving Off the Epidemic of Opiate Use

We have all heard about the recent rash of opiate overdoses that many have termed an “epidemic.” Earlier this month, numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health revealed that overdose deaths from opiates, including prescription...


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