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posticon How to choose among the many mental health apps and online resources? -- posted 5/22/2022

Many people are searching online for information about mental health and psychology, and finding loads of blogs, podcasts, videos, webinars, mobile apps, internet-based courses, and websites. Of course, the quality and accuracy of these varies a lot! Here are a few that I'm aware of that I know provide state-of-the-science information and self-help coping skills in handy ways:
The Psych Show (, created and hosted by psychologist Ali Mattu, Ph.D., is arguably one of the most developed programs and includes basic information as well as tips for coping.
Helping Give Away Psychological Science ( is a web-based initiative that uses various on-line platforms to reach people in need with information about a wide variety of psychological problems and free, confidential mental health questionnaires.
On Our Sleeves: The Movement for Children's Mental Health ( and Help Your Keiki ( both provide a plethora of resources and links for parents of children and adolescents.

Mental health apps are being used to either supplement or substitute for therapy. As of the beginning of 2022, the American Psychological Association estimates that between 10,000 and 20,000 mental health apps are currently circulating on the market. That's too many to browse and decide among! Also, these products are largely unregulated. So how can you choose which one(s) are effective and relevant for you? A good place to start is One Mind PsyberGuide (, a nonprofit project that provides rigorous evaluation of digital mental health tools in various settings. Pear Therapeutics ( is one of the few companies to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for some of their digital products, including a digital cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) intervention for insomnia called Somryst.

posticon Free online course that teaches students how to be more stringent in their assessment of Informational sources--posted 5/22/2022

With so much information and misinformation available online, it can be hard to tell the difference. I just learned about a wonderful resource that can teach you how to do just that. It's a course called "Calling Bullshit" which was created in 2017 by a professor in the biology department and a professor in the information school at the University of Washington. Since teaching it in-person, they've made the syllabus, all the readings and case studies and tools, and even edited videos of all the lectures, available for free at this website:

posticon Self-Care Resources for Healthcare Professionals -- posted 11/11/2020

The American Psychological Association has just published some free resources here: which are "designed to help increase health care professionals' ability to cope in the now and get through the challenges they are facing daily during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information and recommendaitons are all based in science and packaged to fit into the hectic and fast-paced lives of health care professionals."

posticon Racism and Colorblindness 101 -- posted June 27, 2020

I'm posting to share some information I put together for a client, who asked me on June 2 what drove people to react as they did to the killing of George Floyd. As I told her, it's a big complex issue with no quick answer. I compiled a list of books and podcasts, as well as some briefer videos that are quick to watch and very informative and eloquent.

Videos and Articles:

Brief (5 minute) video helpful for understanding systemic racism and implicit bias:

This short article in the Psychology Today blog “Culturally Speaking” by Monnica T Williams Ph.D. explains why using a racial colorblind approach, which allows us to deny uncomfortable cultural differences, is actually problematic:

Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show (during COVID pandemic being called “The Daily Social Distancing Show”) shared insights about George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper in this 18-minute video released on May 29, 2020:

Activist, author, and filmmaker Kimberly Jones gave a powerful, eloquent, 7-minute speech, in which she explains in detail why this is happening (racism across 450 years) and the difference between protesting, rioting and looting in 2020. Fellow filmmaker David Jones captured her speech in the video “How Can We Win” which premiered June 1, 2020 and went viral. You can watch it here:

And you can watch this 12-minute interview of Kimberly Jones by Trevor Noah, released on June 19, 2020: In this video, Kimberly Jones unpacks her emotional viral video on the state of race in America, the injustices Black people face beyond the headlines, and her novel “I’m Not Dying with You Tonight.” 


White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. has a free downloadable Reader’s Guide.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi.

How to be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi. has a free downloadable Discussion Guide.


“1619” is a 5-episode audio series from the New York Times that examines the long shadow of American slavery; how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling. Can listen to the episodes and read the transcripts at the website: or use podcast app on your smart phone to listen to the episodes.

“White Lies” is a 7-episode audio series from NPR: Description from that website: “In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.”

“Scene on Radio” is the Peabody-nominated podcast from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, at
  • Season 2, “Seeing White” Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story. Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.
  • Season 3, “Men” What’s up with this male-dominated world? How did we get sexism, patriarchy, misogyny in the first place? How can we get better at seeing it, and what can we do about it? Co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee explore those questions and more.
  • Season 4, “The land that never has been yet” As the 2020 election approaches, the survival of the United States as a democratic republic is a topic of national conversation—Trumpian authoritarianism; voter suppression and gerrymandering; concerns about foreign intervention, election security, and the role of money in politics. Our twelve-part Season 4 series on democracy touches on those concerns but goes much deeper, effectively retelling the story of the United States from its beginnings up to the present as we complicate, maybe upend, our listeners’ understanding of American history. Our series title, The Land That Never Has Been Yet, is borrowed from the Langston Hughes poem, “Let America Be America Again.The Land reunites the Seeing White series team: host and producer John Biewen with his collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika, journalism and media studies professor at Rutgers University, and their editor, the public radio veteran Loretta Williams.
“Code Switch” from NPR, at From the website: “What's CODE SWITCH? It's the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story.”

posticon Building Emotional Resilience in Time of Crisis--May 17, 2020

If you're wondering how to "ride the emotional roller coaster of difficult times" by building emotional resilience, you might enjoy listening to (or reading the transcript of) an interview with psychologist Marthinus Bekker that was aired on the May 17, 2020 episode of the radio program called Scholar's Circle. Here's where you can find it: Dr. Bekker is an expert in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and provides lovely explanations of emotions, mindfulness, and DBT.

posticon "COVID Coach" App for Self-Care Available Now as of April 23, 2020

The Mobile Mental Health Team at the National Center for PTSD just released COVID Coach, a new app for Veterans, Servicemembers, and the general public. COVID Coach is designed to help build resilience, manage stress, and increase well-being during this crisis. The app is free and secure, and it helps connect users to important resources for coping and adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Customized tools are available to help cope with stress, stay well, stay safe, stay healthy, stay connected, and navigate parenting, caregiving, and working from home while social distancing, quarantined, or sheltered in place. Users can track their mood, visualize their progress, and find resources to seek additional help and support. No account or password is required and user data is not collected. For more information:

Download from the App Store today. COVID Coach was released first on iOS, but is now also available on Android.

posticon How to Respond Effectively to the Corona Crisis

Psychologist and author Russ Harris has generously shared a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis (rather than getting caught up in constant worrying or other unhelpful behaviors). He's made it both a free "e-book" (actually, just a 12-page pamphlet) and a 5-minute video. You can read or download the pamphlet here:
and watch the video here:

In addition, the WeConnect online recovery website is now offering free virtual support groups during COVID-19. There are multiple support groups daily, open to anyone who is dealing with substance use, mental health concerns, disordered eating, as well as any other quality of life concerns. Click here to learn more:

posticon March 2020: Free Online Course on How to Be Happier ("The Science of Well-Being") by Professor Laurie Santos

While you're confined to home during the COVID-19 crisis (or even any time), you might find it useful to sign up for free for Yale's most popular course ever. It's called The Science of Well-Being, it's by Professor Laurie Santos, and it's about how to be happier in your daily life. Here's an interesting article about it at Business Insider:
Sign up here for free:

posticon Upcoming Pride Events (June 2019)

Finger Lakes Pulse has two events coming up:
  • Pride Not Prejudice, Saturday, June 22, 7:00 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn
  • PRIDE Family Picnic, Sunday, June 23, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m., Cass Park
See their Facebook page for more information:

The 5th Annual FLX Pride Festival will be held in Geneva, NY on Saturday, June 8 from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more info, read this article in the Ithaca Voice:

posticon Transgender Conferences This Year

For anyone within the transgender spectrum, along with their families, friends, and loved ones, here are two conferences I know about where you can celebrate your identity, learn, and meet others in the transgender community:
  • The Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference bills itself as the largest free trans-specific conference in the world. It's taking place Thursday, July 25 through Saturday, July 27, 2019. Here's the website: I attended this conference in 2017 and thought it was fantastic!
  • New York Coming Out International Transgender Conference is taking place Wednesday, October 30 through Sunday, November 3, 2019 in New York City. Here's the website: I just learned about this conference for the first time yesterday. It looks interesting, although I see there is a registration fee to attend.

posticon Interesting Opinion Column about Mental Illness from New York Times, March 15, 2019

A mental health diagnosis is just a label but doesn't really explain all of the biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors which contribute to the suffering described as a "mental illness." In this New York Times column (, author Lisa Pryor writes "when something is wrong we would do well to ask not just, 'What is my diagnosis?' but instead, 'What is my formulation?'" A case formulation reframes the diagnostic label as a story that explains the unique "predisposing, precipitating, perpetuating and protective factors" and points to what kind of treatment can be helpful to alleviate the suffering.

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