Fall 2015

Film Screening of The Hunting Ground: Examining the Public Health Impact of Sexual Assault on Campuses

Wednesday, October 28

Bakst Auditorium, 4-5:50pm

Why is sexual assault an epidemic on college campus nationwide? How does it impact survivors personally, emotionally, and academically? Join us as we examine the mental health impact of sexual assault on college campus and identify preventive measures we can take to address this public health crisis.


Public Health in Action: Mental Health and Mass Incarceration

Wednesday, September 16

Hiebert Lounge, 14th floor, 4-5:50pm

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion featuring expert analysis on one of the most intractable problems in public health. More than 50% of all inmates in jails and state prisons have a mental illness. Understanding this problem starts with understanding the many challenges associated with treating mental illness in prisons. Please register below to confirm your spot at this dinner and panel discussion!

Register Here!

Expert Panelists:

  • Sondra Crosby, BMC physician and BUSM faculty member with extensive experience in human rights issues and incarceration
  • Leonard Glantz, BUSPH Professor Emeritus of Health Law
  • Taylor Hall, Clinical Social Worker currently conducting research on post-release access to mental health and substance use treatment
  • Lisa Talbot-Lundrigan, Vice President, AdCare Criminal Justice Services
  • Jim Matesanz, retired prison superintendent, currently teaching at BU MET College’s Prison Education Program

Spring 2015

The Self-Care Project: The Spotlight is on You! #BUSPHSelfCare

Friday, April 17 to Friday, April 24

Join The Spotlight on Mental Health in promoting self-care and mental wellness! Starting Friday April 17th, use the hashtag #BUSPHSelfCare on Twitter to show us how you are engaging in self-care as the semester is wrapping up.  Challenge yourself to make self-appreciation and self-care a priority! Use the hashtag to share any examples of self-care that you practice – whether it’s going for a run, journaling, or enjoying coffee and a good book. Those who participate will be entered in a raffle to win a FitBit!

Follow the project @BUSPH

The Self-Care Project proudly presents: PUPPIES!

Friday, April 24

Talbot Student Lounge, 12-2pm

On April 24, we will end the Self-Care Project with the best self-care of all: PUPPIES! Therapeutic puppies from Dog B.O.N.E.S will be waiting in the Talbot Student Lounge to help you relieve stress and unwind before final exams begin. 

Sign up for your 15 minute time slot here!

Lunch and Learn: Suicide Prevention from Two Perspectives – Research and Public Health 

Monday, April 27

Fendall Conference Room, CT305, 12:45-1:45pm

Guest Speakers: Alison Brill, MPH (BUSPH 2006) and Dr. Jamie L. Gradus

Sponsored by: The BU Women’s Guild (BUWG)

Healing Through Yoga: A Workshop for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Their Allies

Tuesday, April 7

Crosstown CT460, 4-5pm

Wednesday, April 15

Instructional Building L-303, 1-2pm

Our lived experiences are imprinted on our physical body, oftentimes altering our ability to align our emotional and physical wellbeing to create holistic, whole-hearted, and sustainable wellness. The Healing Through Yoga workshop will provide survivors of trauma a means of becoming reacquainted with their bodies, tools to become grounded in the present moment, and time to explore the benefits of mindfulness as they are invited to connect breath and movement in guided practice and meditation. Open to all who identify as survivors of sexual assault or who identify as allies of and/or are support systems for survivors. Please note, participants will not be asked to identify as survivors or allies in the workshop in order to create a safe and supportive environment. Please RSVP.

Sponsored by: The Office of Student Services and Department of Community Health Sciences

Film Screening: Titicut Follies

Wednesday, April 8

Instructional Building L-301, 4-5:50pm

For decades, The Bridgewater State Hospital has been the subject of intense scrutiny for its treatment of the mentally ill. This 1967 documentary, which showed the reality of life inside, was previously blocked from release by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. Guest Speaker: Leonard Glantz, Professor in the Dept of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights 

Public Health Forum: The Future of Treating Substance Abuse Disorders: What is the Role for Health Care Professionals?

Wednesday, April 8

Hiebert Lounge, SPECIAL TIME: 8:45-9:45am

Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy, will be speaking on substance abuse and the role of health care professionals. 

Webinar Screening: Healthy People 2020 – What are the leading health indicators in Mental Health?

Thursday, March 19

Instructional Building, L-201

This webinar will be focusing on the activities and interventions associated with mental  health disorders. Through 4 presentations focusing on data, communication efforts, and effective implementation strategies at the state level, presenters will explore the importance of mental health and the progress we are making to address this public health issue. Read more

Public Health in Action: Mandated Psychiatric Treatment

Wednesday, February 4

Hiebert Lounge, 12-2pm

Should the state require that individuals suffering from a mental illness receive treatment? Does doing so erode civil rights? Join us as a panel of experts debate this highly contentious issue. As public health professionals, you will be asked to decide which choice best upholds the public good and the needs of the patient.

Fall 2014

Bicknell Lecture

Thursday, September 18

Bakst Auditorium
10 a.m. to noon

Should Alcohol Consumption Be Encouraged as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle?: A Debate
More information available here.

In Our Own Voice

Monday, October 6

4:30 – 5:50 pm
Instructional Building, L-110

In Our Own Voice, a presentation by the National Alliance for Mental Illness, unmasks mental illness, using speaker stories to illustrate individual realities of living with mental illness. Read more. Part of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

National Depression Screening Day

Thursday, October 9

12 – 2 pm, 4 – 6 pm
Instructional Building Lobby

Student Health Services Behavioral Medicine and Sargent College’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation will offer free, confidential depression screenings at the Medical Campus. Information on campus resources will be available to students, faculty, and staff. Part of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Pike Lecture Fall 2014

Thursday, October 16

12 – 1 pm
Instructional Building, L-112

Co-Sponsored by BU School of Law and Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights at BU School of Public Health. Abuse of Mentally Ill Patients at Bridgewater State Hospital: How the Media Can Help Medicine and the Law Protect Patients. Read more.

Film Screening: Poster Girl

Tuesday, November 18

4 – 5:50 pm
Instructional Building, L-112

Followed by a panel discussion. Poster Girl is a documentary film about an American soldier’s experience with PTSD after returning from the Iraq war. Read more.

New Faces in Public Health

Wednesday, December 3

This year New Faces in Public Health will introduce high school students to mental health issues in public health.

Panel Discussion: An Interdisciplinary Look at How Racism & Discrimination Impact Mental Health

Thursday, December 11

5:00 – 5:500 pm
670 Albany – Rooms 107/108

Past Events

Information on past events is available here.