Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health

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America faces a mental health crisis. Problems with mental health care preceded the pandemic, but over the past two years we’ve seen these problems grow into a crisis as young people were more likely to die from deaths of despair than from COVID-19.

This presentation describes the path to solve this mental health crisis. Dr. Tom Insel says part of the solution involves fixing the care system—moving from a crisis-driven sick-care system to a comprehensive, continuous health-care system. Innovative technology will be part of this fix. So will innovative policy. But mental health is about more than mental health care. Insel says the path to mental health requires a focus on recovery defined by the 3 P’s: people, place and purpose.

Join us as Insel urges that we reframe our approach to mental illness, recognizing that the problem is medical but the solutions are social, environmental and political.

About the Speaker

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). More recently, he led the Mental Health Team at Verily (2015–2017); co-founded Mindstrong Health (2017–2019), a start-up building tools for people with serious mental illness; and served as a special advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom (2019), helping on behavioral health issues. In 2020, he co-founded Humanest Care, a therapeutic online community for recovery. He currently serves on the boards of Foundation for NIH, Fountain House, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy, and the Steinberg Institute (chairing it from 2019–2022), as well as being an advisor to several mental health start-ups (including Alto Neuroscience, Cerebral, Compass Pathways, Owl Insights, Koa Health, Valera Health). He is the author of Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health (Penguin Random House, 2022). With journalist co-founders, he recently launched MindSite News, a nonprofit digital publication focused on mental health issues. 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. More info at his website.

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  1. This comment was submitted by one of our dedicated YouTube viewers, May Solomon:

    I want to make the viewers aware of some helpful resources for those experiencing mental health issues. Developed by neuropsychiatrist Dr. Abraham Low in the late 1930’s RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL ( is the precursor to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. There is an adaptation of Recovery International for students or younger people called POWER YOUR MIND We are all lay people. We don’t give advice or counsel. We learn techniques to change our thoughts and control our impulses. It is a very language oriented Method.

    I was fortunate to find Recovery in the early 1970’s and have attended meetings throughout most of the ensuing years. At the beginning of COVID, I felt I needed a community/connection. With Zoom on the horizon, I found I could attend meetings that originated in California even though I live in Shaker Heights, OH. These meetings were made accessible through an organization in Los Angeles called SHARE (help many different organizations not just Recovery International) ( – they make room for in person meetings and access to Zoom meetings

    At this point, there are meetings online, in person, telephone, hybrids that can suit your time parameters. Review the websites to see the many opportunities. The meetings are free with the opportunity for donations.

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