Gene Beresin, Author at MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds

Articles by Gene Beresin, Executive Director

Gene Beresin, M.D. is executive director of The MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a full professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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LGBTQ Students in College: Fostering Inclusion, Acceptance, and Safety

January 20, 2021

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LGBTQ Students in College: Fostering Inclusion, Acceptance, and Safety

College is a time when many students develop a stronger sense of identity as they adjust to campus life, navigate academics, develop and nurture close friendships and romantic relationships, and become productive members of the community. Even with an improved understanding and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals in our culture, the transition to college can be […]

The Nuts and Bolts of Telepsychiatry, featuring Janet Wozniak, MD – Shrinking It Down

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The Nuts and Bolts of Telepsychiatry, featuring Janet Wozniak, MD – Shrinking It Down

Did you know the first telepsychiatry visits at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), conducted back in 2014, weren’t for adults, but for children? Flash forward, we never imagined how critical teletherapy and telemedicine would become – in such a short period of time – as a part of routine healthcare for all age groups and populations, in […]

College Students of Color: Overcoming Racial Disparities and Discrimination

January 13, 2021

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College Students of Color: Overcoming Racial Disparities and Discrimination

Diversity allows us to embrace humanity in a broader way, and to educate and improve ourselves. Today, college campuses are more diverse than ever, and students of color make up over 45% of college populations. Diversity on a campus offers all students an ability to understand, learn from, and appreciate differences in racial, ethnic, and […]

Support Kids and Teens Following the Riot In Our Nation’s Capitol

January 7, 2021

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Support Kids and Teens Following the Riot In Our Nation’s Capitol

The images of chaos and violence in our nation’s Capitol that many children and teens have been seeing in the media have been disturbing and scary. What’s the impact on our kids? How can we as parents and caregivers help them feel secure in the wake of not just a domestic terrorist act, but one […]

Adolescent Depression – Shrinking It Down

December 30, 2020

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Adolescent Depression – Shrinking It Down

It’s not always easy to tell whether a teen’s behavior is typical for their age or a sign of depression. In this Parent Strategy Announcement (PSA), Dr. Gene Beresin and Dr. Steven Schlozman explain how parents can assess their child’s behavior, and what to do if they’re concerned. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more […]

Should My Child See A Therapist?

December 23, 2020

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Should My Child See A Therapist?

One in four people will have a mental health disorder at some point in their life, and half of those disorders begin in childhood. While many of us know someone who’s had to deal with a mental illness in one way or another, many parents still aren’t sure how to assess whether their child needs […]

Media Literacy and Mental Health, featuring Michael Robb, PhD – Shrinking It Down

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Media Literacy and Mental Health, featuring Michael Robb, PhD – Shrinking It Down

Today’s young people are spending more time online than previous generations, and many parents and caregivers worry about how digital media is affecting their mental, emotional, and social well-being. Strengthening media literacy skills can help us all better use media as engaged and informed consumers. But what does “media literacy” mean, and how can we […]

Tackling Racism Internally to Better Serve Our Communities – A Closer Look at Mass General’s 10-Point Plan, featuring Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH

December 9, 2020

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Tackling Racism Internally to Better Serve Our Communities – A Closer Look at Mass General’s 10-Point Plan, featuring Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH

When it comes to structural racism in health care, commitment to change stems from the top in creating physically and emotionally healthier communities. Today, on ‘Shrinking It Down,’ special guest Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), joins Gene and Khadijah to help us understand […]

The Power of Community Health During COVID-19: A Look at Chelsea, Massachusetts, featuring Mary Lyons-Hunter, PsyD – Shrinking It Down

November 25, 2020

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The Power of Community Health During COVID-19: A Look at Chelsea, Massachusetts, featuring Mary Lyons-Hunter, PsyD – Shrinking It Down

Since the pandemic, mental health concerns have risen across the country. But in communities that were already underserved, the burden is even greater, as hardships build one on top of the other: risk for illness, food insecurity, being an essential worker, being unemployed, kids not able to go to school, fear of housing evictions, resurfacing […]

Home for The Holidays During COVID-19: Facing Empty Chairs at the Table

November 20, 2020

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Home for The Holidays During COVID-19: Facing Empty Chairs at the Table

Through the years we all will be together, If the fates allow… From “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”  *** Here we are in the holiday season. It’s inescapable. But this year is different, strikingly different. We are not walking into stores, or browsing around in malls and tolerating the same holiday music, repeatedly. Most […]