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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: Marisa M. Silveri, PhD, director, Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health

Organ Donation: Why Do We Need Healthy Brains?

Drs. Sabina Berretta and T. Wilson Woo, directors of the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, explain why donations of healthy brains are so important for neuroscience research and what you can do to help.

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Ipsit Vahia, MD


“ We usually don’t think about our brains when considering organ donation. We are more apt to think about how our other organs, such as the kidneys, lungs, or heart, could potentially save the life of another person. A donated brain, however, also has tremendous potential to help others.”


Advances in Mental Health

Ipsit Vahia, MD

Technology: Modern Help for the Aging Mind

Digital technology isn’t just a domain for younger generations. It also has amazing potential for activating the mind and improving the quality of life in older adults.

How do older adults use technology?

A common misconception is...

Michael R. Hollander, PhD

Why Do Teens Cut and What Can Parents Do To Help?

Approximately 14 to 18 percent of high school students and between 12 to 35 percent of college students in the United States engage in some form of self-injurious behavior at least once. The age of onset often occurs in early adolescence, between...