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Treatment is Prevention: An Argument for Trauma-Informed Mental Health Treatment

New Public Health:Upstream:Trauma

By Andrea Blanch, Ph.D. and David Shern, Ph.D.

It is becoming increasingly clear that toxic stress and trauma play an important role in the development of mental health and addictive…

Celebrating Tim


By Paul Gionfriddo

There are half a million homeless people with serious mental illnesses in desperate need of help yet underserved or ignored by our health and social-service systems. That number can seem overwhelming, but for me, it’s all about one person: my son Tim.

Tomorrow is Tim’s 30th birthday, and I wish I could spend it with him. But I don’t know where he is, so this year I’ll have to settle for the…

Doing well by doing good

New Public Health:Upstream

By David Shern, Ph.D. and Andrea Blanch, Ph.D.

Whenever doing the right thing and doing the smart thing coincide, it increases the chances that something will happen. Elsewhere, we have presented data demonstrating that investments in prevention, especially in early childhood, have lifelong positive impact. They also save money. Econometric models by the Washington State Institute of Public Policy estimate that these…