Mental: Fighting the fragmentation of mental health one policy at a time

Ben Miller
A weekly newsletter calling out how timely topics are connected to mental health, and calling for actions to improve it.
Created 11 Feb 2021
  • Georgia on my mind
    14 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    One of the best parts of my job is getting to speak to different audiences across the country, not only about how I see the mental health landscape in particular states and regions, but also about wha...
  • It’s not just social
    07 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    If you Google the phrase “mental health stigma,” nearly 91 million results are returned. Multiple professional societies, large health systems, and individuals with lived experience all offer some ins...
  • A place to call home
    30 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 4 4
    By now, many of you know that I’m a bit of a policy wonk, which means I don’t let myself get too surprised by the latest research too often (though research findings themselves do sometimes surprise m...
  • Getting serious about social media and mental health
    23 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 7 3
    I have a confession to make: Like 40% of American adults, I use Instagram. It’s a fun and easy platform for sharing memories and keeping up with friends. Unlike Twitter, which is 99.9% work related fo...
  • Finding silver linings
    16 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 8 3
    In the middle of difficult seasons of life, it can be challenging to think of things worth celebrating. In fact, during especially tough times, it can feel like celebrating anything at all would almos...
  • Three cheers for bipartisanship
    09 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 4 0
    I’ve spent a lot of time lately reflecting on some of the most challenging aspects of mental health, from processing our losses to navigating sensitive conversations about suicide and suicide preventi...
  • Processing our Losses
    02 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 5 2
    In my post last week, I discussed the difficult topic of suicide – arguably one of the most profound forms of loss a loved one can experience. And coupled with the fact that this past Monday was natio...
  • Confronting a New Challenge
    26 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 4 2
    Last week I shared some of the challenges I was facing as a parent who had to send their kids back to school still in the midst of a pandemic, plus a heated debate about whether kids should or should ...
  • From Policy Wonk to Concerned Parent
    19 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 6 1
    The vast majority of the time I’m writing on this platform, I’m writing as a dedicated – and sometimes admittedly frustrated – health policy wonk pointing out mental health in the news and demanding i...
  • On the Power of Personal Testimony
    12 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 6 0
    First and foremost this week, I want to thank reader Casey Quinlan for bravely answering the question I posed in last week’s post, “How are you doing, really?” Thank you, Casey – and happy belated bir...
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