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Queen of England Honors Anne Simpson – the background

I received a letter from James Hamilton, M.D. in March 1984 that was addressed to me and Anne Simpson of Edinburgh Scotland. This is what the father of our postpartum movement wrote to us: “I am writing to both of you because both of you are doing the same thing: heading up local self-help groups […]

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Reducing Mental Health Stigma in our Faith Communities

I’m a proud member of my Congregation’s Mental Health Initiative, whose mission is “to reduce the stigma of mental illness by supporting congregants and their families through education and promoting emotional and spiritual wellness.” Far from being a lofty or abstract goal, however, this sentiment represents a critical truth that has shaped me personally, professionally, […]

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Young again at 70

On October 1st I celebrated my 70th birthday. It sounds old, but I don’t feel that old. Instead, I am returning to activities I enjoyed in my youth. Among them are ice skating and playing in music groups. 60 years ago an ice skating rink opened in Palo Alto and remarkably, as the photo shows, […]

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The Importance of Companionship

You are not alone.  I have repeated this phrase thousands of times in person, by telephone and written it in countless letters and emails. It is the first sentence in a Universal Message I promote to support those experiencing postpartum depression.  It means that while someone may feel alone and helpless, there are others standing […]

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Back to the Future

It was 50 years ago when Whittier College accepted me as a Freshman.  I was 17 years old when I left my home in Palo Alto, California and flew, sight unseen, to the small town of Whittier in Southern California.  Whittier College  was founded in 1887 by the Quakers  to provide a liberal arts curriculum […]

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