Mental Health

May 27, 2022

Mental Health

  “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.”   This is what Ashley and Wynonna Judd said publicly in response to their mother’s recent death. Much of the world was surprised. Much of it wasn’t. Naomi Judd was a brave and outspoken advocate for mental health […]
January 27, 2022

The New Normal: How We Continue to Cope

For many, these past two years have been defined by feelings of extreme stress and grief. The “Stress in America” survey conducted by the American Psychological Association showed that the stress people experience during the current crisis is so extreme, in fact, that 32% of adults struggle to make day-to-day […]
October 5, 2021

Giving Up My Office

  Giving Up My Office   2020 began with a major life transition for me. My beloved mother had just passed away. At nearly 98 years old she was a vital, curious person who engaged friends and activities from an apartment in New York City not far from my office. […]
September 1, 2021

Disconnecting From Technology One Day Each Week

  Disconnecting From Technology One Day Each Week   Unplugging one day a week. Our day of rest. With technology available at our fingertips 24 hours a day, the boundaries have become blurred in our lives between work and rest. This can lead us to feel distracted all the time, […]
August 2, 2021

Mental Health and the Olympics

  Mental Health and the Olympics   “Suck It Up” is an unkind, unempathetic, and wrong message to send when it comes to mental health. With the spotlight shining so brightly on Simone Biles this week, the world is becoming ever more aware of the incredible mental and emotional stress […]
April 6, 2021

Renewal

T.S. Elliot wrote that April is the cruelest month. Many people may be inclined to agree with him, especially this year. What a year we’ve experienced individually and collectively. We’re exiting the 2nd winter of COVID-19, this one with vaccinations opening up to more and more people, yet, once again, […]
February 17, 2021

The Kindness Advantage is Out on Audio Book

In commemoration of Random Acts of Kindness Day, Amanda and I am proud to announce the release of our audio book on Audible. The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children by Dr. Dale Atkins & Amanda Salzhauer, MSW, is a practical guide for parents to teach kids empathy, to […]
February 9, 2021

We Can Be Superheroes

I get it. Unless you are Batman, Darth Vader, Spiderman, The Lone Ranger, or Zorro, or you are trick-or-treating at Halloween, or attending a fancy masked ball, you probably do not like wearing a mask. Safe to say NOBODY LIKES WEARING A MASK. But, like crosswalks and stop signs, we […]
October 5, 2020

COVID-19 and Mental Illness

The current pandemic has made us hyperaware of the added risk of exposure to COVID-19, especially for those of us with underlying illnesses. Most of us tend to be compassionate and understanding, often going out of our way to make these individuals feel safe. However, the same sense of compassion and understanding […]