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“People are Hard to Hate Close Up”: Learning to Reconnect with Ourselves and One Another

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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Are we willing to live in a world governed by fear or are we willing to fight for a world driven by love? – Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy We live in an increasingly interconnected world, yet we are lonelier and more isolated than ever. And it’s literally making us sick. That was […]

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Strengthening the Safety Net: Bolstering Community Services for All

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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

We need a new type of health facility, one which will return mental health care to the mainstream of American medicine, and at the same time upgrade mental health services. – President John F. Kennedy Now, more than ever – with drug overdoses skyrocketing, suicide deaths increasing and life expectancy continuing to decline – we […]

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Do You Want Fries with That Prescription?

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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

The last time I took my grandson through the drive-through at Burger King, I found myself wondering whether the young woman who took our order might prefer working in our field. We are always looking to bolster our workforce, which is shrinking and rapidly aging. But I quickly realized there was one very good reason […]

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Let Mental Health First Aid Make You a Winner This Month!

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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

May is Mental Health Month, and I can’t think of a more appropriate way to mark the occasion than to announce the launch of #BeKindBeTheDifference – a contest sponsored by the National Council and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to encourage people to get trained in Mental Health First Aid. Anyone can learn to […]

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Over $50 Million Available to Support Mental Health First Aid: Apply Today!

April 17, 2018 | Uncategorized | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

National Council and SAMHSA to Host Informational Webinars Stigma. Fear. Lack of awareness about mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Inability to access services that can help. There are many reasons why individuals with mental illnesses and addictions don’t get the treatment they need, but these shouldn’t be among them. Everyone can be the difference […]

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If Addiction is a Disease, What kind of Disease is it? Join the Conversation!

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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

Addiction is a chronic disease that changes the structure of the brain and how it works. This understanding helped fuel our fight for parity, promote evidence-based treatment and recovery services, and now supports a $35 billion drug treatment industry. But critics – including renowned addiction psychiatrist and NatCon18 speaker Sally Satel – believe that calling […]

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Oprah Winfrey and Healing from the Inside Out

March 20, 2018 | Healthcare | Time for Action | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

If you don’t fix the hole in the soul… you’re working at the wrong thing. – Oprah Winfrey Far too many children are growing up with a “hole in their soul.” Nearly half the nation’s children have experienced at least one or more traumatic events, including physical or sexual abuse, or neglect. The more adverse […]

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Get on Board: Lead Your Organization into the Future

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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

At a time when nearly one in eight human service nonprofits is technically insolvent, effective board leadership has never been more critical. The situation is especially dire for nonprofit behavioral health organizations – their very survival and the health and well-being of the individuals they serve depends on their ability to pivot successfully in a […]

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Safe Injection Sites: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

In the game of “good idea, bad idea,” it seems no one is neutral about supervised consumption facilities, also called safe injection sites. Proponents say people can’t recover from a substance use problem if they’re dead, and supervised consumption facilities have been proven to keep them alive. Safe injection sites are facilities where people can […]

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Finding Reputable Addiction Treatment May Be the Difference Between Life and Death

February 15, 2018 | Addiction | Substance Use | Comments
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Linda Rosenberg

Former President and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health

The stories are heartbreaking. Drug treatment in this country has become a $35 billion industry, opening the floodgates for a host of unscrupulous operators who prey on vulnerable individuals and families. With glossy brochures and prepaid plane tickets, so called “body brokers” lure people desperate for help with the promise of spa-like surroundings where they […]

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