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Jeanne Blake Receives Award from MSPP

 

Jeanne Blake is an affiliated faculty member at the Division on Addiction, founder of Words Can Work® and the president of Blake Works. We are pleased to announce that Blake has received the 2010 Mental Health Humanitarian Award from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

 

Gloucester Times
May 24, 2010
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Jeanne Blake, a resident of Gloucester and New York City, is the 2010 recipient of the Mental Health Humanitarian Award from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) for her tireless efforts to increase awareness of children's health issues and needs.

Each year, MSPP presents its humanitarian award to a person who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the needs of the community.

"Jeanne is someone whose commitment to the health and mental health of children truly exemplifies the spirit of this award," said MSPP President Dr. Nicholas Covino, in a statement.

Blake is a medical reporter, author, and affiliated faculty member of the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School. She also is a trustee of McLean Hospital.

In 1984, Blake created the medical beat for WBZ-TV, the Boston NBC affiliate. In 1991, she founded Blake Works Inc. (certified as a Woman Owned Business) and Family Health Productions, which produce, publish, and distribute the Words Can Work¬Ć series of DVDs, booklets and Online programs, to support young people, families, and communities in talking about the public and mental health challenges kids face growing up.

Blake provides consulting services in the field of parent/child communication and speaks nationally to parents, and health care professionals in corporate and community settings. Blake Works has formed a partnership with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher's Health Leadership Institute to will create Town Hall Meetings on mental health nationally, which Blake will moderate.

Blake has appeared on "Oprah," "The Today Show," "The Cristina Show," and CNN. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio and Bloomberg Radio.

At WBZ-TV, Blake earned the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award for coverage of HIV/AIDS and was recognized by Americans for Democratic Action and the Human Rights Campaign for coverage of health care issues.

Her book, "Risky Times: How to be AIDS-Smart and Stay Healthy" (Workman, 1991) was named to the American Library Association's lists of Best Books for the Young Adult Reader and Best Books for the Reluctant Reader.

Blake is a member of American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, and was a Kaiser Media Fellow in Health.

 

Medical Journalist Jeanne Blake Joins McLean Hospital Board

 

We are pleased to announce that Blake has been named to the board of McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School and an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

For Immediate Release

February 13, 2009
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Laura Neves
McLean Hospital
617.855.2110

 

BELMONT, MA—McLean Hospital has announced the appointment of Jeanne Blake, a critically acclaimed medical reporter, author and producer, to its board of trustees.

Blake will use her commitment to educating the public about mental and public health and her experience as a journalist to promote understanding of psychiatric illness.

"There is a greater acceptance of people living with mental illness, but the stigma remains," Blake says. "Too often people are afraid or feel ashamed to ask for help. As a member of the McLean Hospital board, I will use my skills and expertise to help raise awareness about mental illness and how we can encourage more people to seek life transforming and lifesaving medical treatment."

Blake is president and founder of Blake Works Inc. and Family Health Productions. Her Words Can Work® evidence-based media (DVDs, Words Can Work family guides and wordscanwork.com) address the challenges young people face growing up. Her productions including Alcohol: True Stories Hosted by Matt Damon; Depression: True Stories; Drugs: True Stories and Steroids: True Stories Hosted by Curt Schilling serve as a catalyst for potentially lifesaving dialogue among young people and parents. They are incorporated into programs nationally by thousands of healthcare and community organizations, schools, and corporate work/life programs.

Blake's newest product in development is the Words Can Work online corporate employee program to support parents in talking with their kids.

"When young people can talk openly and honestly with a parent or another adult they trust, and really feel listened to, they tend to make better choices," Blake says. "Ultimately these kids grow up more safely and parents can be less stressed and more productive at work and in life."

This fall, Blake partnered with McLean Hospital Chief Medical Officer Joseph Gold, MD, to train Boston Public School mental health personnel. The program, addressing depression and suicide prevention, was so well received that Blake and Dr. Gold are developing additional online training sessions for educators and others who work with youth.

"The feedback was tremendous," Blake says. "One counselor reported that in the week following the training she felt significantly better equipped to meet the needs of a student who was suicidal. This is an example of how we can make a difference in peoples' lives and one of the many reasons I'm committed to McLean Hospital's mission."

From 1984 to 1991, Blake was a medical reporter and anchor at Boston's CBS-TV affiliate where she earned the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award, was recognized by Americans for Democratic Action, and was honored by the Human Rights Campaign for her coverage of health-care issues.

Blake, who lives in New York City and Gloucester, Massachusetts, serves on the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls and is president of the Perfect Storm Foundation in Gloucester.

McLean Hospital is the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare. For more information about McLean Hospital, visit www.mclean.harvard.edu.