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For many, holidays are a time of fun and hope. But for others, the holiday season is a low point. So, how do people keep their spirits up? Radio Boston talks with Dr. Kevin Simon, the first-ever Chief Behavioral Health Officer for the city of Boston, about seasonal depression in this latest installment of "Be Well."

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When a tragedy such as the Lewiston, Maine, shooting occurs, it’s devastating to the family, friends, and community members who are left trying to cope with such a heinous incident. What can they do to process their grief? What type of mental health care is available for them? Dr. Kevin Simon joined WBZNightside to discuss the importance of mental health care, especially for those who are suffering from a traumatic event.


Dr. Kevin Simon, a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist at Boston Children's Hospital speaks to what parents should know about newly approved weight loss medications approved for adolescents.


In this invited commentary, Dr. Simon discusses the adverse mental health (MH) impacts of racism on Black adolescents in America. The commentary highlights the need for systemic changes and preventive measures to address the MH effects of racial discrimination. It also emphasizes the importance of academic communities in opposing the MH effects of racism. The commentary provides empirical evidence of the specific MH impact of racism on Black adolescents and suggests that preventive interventions can mitigate these negative outcomes.


Dr. Kevin Simon, a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist at Boston Children's Hospital, said he hopes that the life of actor Matthew Perry may catalyze conversations about substance-related issues.


Dr. Simon is interviewed about the importance of World Mental Health Day.

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Dynamic Futures a four-week program at UMass Chan Medical School exposes underrepresented teenagers to mental health professions in psychiatry, psychology, and social work, hoping to fill a shortage of diverse providers.

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American psychiatric hospitals are facing staffing and bed shortages across the country as many people wait for care. NBC News' interviews a family and Dr. Simon for his perspective.


At the Nashville Health Care Council’s second Crucial Conversations event members heard from a panel of healthcare experts making waves in the behavioral health industry, including Dr. Simon, who discussed the stark challenges in accessing equitable mental healthcare and how their organizations are using innovative, evidence-based practices to connect patients to essential services.

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Dr. Simon and select healthcare leaders are highlighted as health equity heroes ensuring all children have a fair chance to be as healthy as possible. This humble work takes place on multiple levels through a wide array of different methods noted.

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Dr. Kevin Simon joins the Becker's Healthcare Podcast to discuss top issues & trends he is following in pediatrics, current nerves & excitement, what the most effective healthcare leaders will need to be successful in the next 2-3 years, and more.


Dr. Simon shares the risk related to youth ingestion of marijuana edibles as local students were recently hospitalized.

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In this letter to the Boston Globe, Dr. Simon describes the experience of being at a roller-skate rink for a family night with hundreds of adolescents and its therapeutic feel, setting a vision of non-clinical spaces having the ability to heal.


In this article, Dr. Simon and colleagues discuss the impact of missing a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for adult patients; it often means missing out on effective, often life-changing treatment.


Anxiety. Unhealthy levels are rising in our kids and teens. What can we do to help them? In this podcast episode of Shrinking It Down: Mental Health Made Simple, Drs. Gene Bersin and Khadijah Booth Watkins (both at Mass General Hospital) are joined by special guest Dr. Kevin Simon, the first Chief Behavioral Health Officer for the City of Boston, to help make sense of it all.


This article highlights how Dr. Simon and the City of Boston and Boston Public Health Commission team plan to expand the behavioral health workforce pathway.


Dr. Kevin Simon explains the importance of reaching out when in need of help or experiencing a crisis. He shares information about the national suicide helpline (988) and the state of Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line (833-773-2445)


Dr. Kevin Simon explains the impact of depression, anxiety, and suicide on Massachusetts children, and new programs designed to calm the crisis.


Drs. Kevin Simon and Angela Crutchfield join host Dr. Joe Shrand and share how disparities in mental healthcare came to be, and how there needs to be a continued effort to address and close those gaps.

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Dr. Kevin Simon shares with The Curbsiders Podcast how to stay focused and diagnose and manage attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in patients. Providers learn how to make the right diagnosis, choose an appropriate medication, and modify therapy.


In this interview, Dr. Simon engages host Dr. Resa E. Lewiss. They talk about his career as a child & adolescent psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist, clinical research interest, passion for writing, and societal observations. Please enjoy the episode.

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In June, Dr. Kevin Simon became Boston’s chief behavioral health officer — a role new to the city and possibly unique to Boston. Mayor Michelle Wu and Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission, appointed Simon, a child psychiatrist with Boston Children’s Hospital, to develop a city-wide strategy to address behavioral health issues, especially among youth.

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Mental and behavioral health conditions are common among children and adolescents in the United States. The purpose of this state-of the-art review article from Dr. Simon and colleagues is to describe inequities in mental and behavioral health care access and outcomes for children and adolescents, characterize mechanisms behind the inequities, and discuss strategies to decrease them. Understanding the mechanisms underlying these inequities is essential to inform strategies to mitigate these health disparities.


Over the last two decades, suicide among Black youth has surged to crisis levels. And many schools, doctors, and parents are unprepared to recognize the signs early enough to stop a tragedy. On today’s episode of A Word, Jason Johnson is joined by child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Kevin Simon to discuss the issue. Dr. Simon is also the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for the city of Boston, and a leading voice in preventing suicides among African American children.


Dr. Simon and the guest discuss aspects of mental health as it relates to patients and providers, including, bias, disparities, fatigue, and burnout. The views discussed in this episode must be taken in context and do not reflect upon the guest employers.

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Dr. Simon will guide a public health strategy to support Bostonians’ growing mental and behavioral health needs at the Boston Public Health Commission.


Dr. Simon shares his clinical perspective regarding Black girls in America and provides a voice for those who care for and love their Black children.

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Substance use disorders contribute to the leading causes of death among adolescents, including homicide and suicide. Here, Simon et al. review the most recent published data on adolescent substance use disorders and the implications for clinical practice.

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Dr. Simon and colleagues provide insight and perspective into the collective toll of societal tragedies and offer tangible solutions. Dr. Simon shared “You want a space where people can share their emotions and be vulnerable.”


Dr. Simon and host Meghna Chakrabarti listen to bereaved mother Tami Charles describe her beautiful son, an angel too soon, lost to suicide at 10 years old. This is a sobering conversation about the risks, realities, and experiences of youth and parents trying to navigate our society.


On the latest episode of The Dose podcast, Kevin M. Simon, MD - Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University, talks about how to address the overwhelming demand for behavioral health services in society.


Dr. Simon and colleagues investigate, diagnosis, treat, and manage a case of acute-onset psychosis and cognitive impairment attributed to systemic lupus erythematosus in an adolescent female. The case was published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry.

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Dr. Simon and colleagues examined the trajectories of alcohol use, cannabis use, suicide planning (SP), and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) prior to hospitalization and examined the role of alcohol and cannabis use, independently and jointly, in predicting NSSI on a daily level and over time.


Media portrayals of Black people are of considerable importance for psychiatric trainees and the populations they serve. This is particularly true in this critical moment when the United States (US) grapples with dual pandemics disproportionately harming Black people, one a novel virus, the other racism. Dr. Simon and colleagues share insights into how the famed show This Is Us helps move the conversation forward.


Dr. Simon and colleagues examined the association between discrimination, peer connectedness, and mental health symptoms among Black medical students. Overall, findings indicated a high prevalence of anxiety and depression symptoms among Black medical students, and increased discrimination was associated with more mental health symptoms among males.


Dr. Simon shares his insights and clinical perspectives regarding physical symptoms of anxiety. In this article, he specifically, discusses bruxism.


Dr. Simon and colleagues examined temporal trends in the classification of opioid-involved overdose deaths (OODs) and racial variation in the classification of specific types of opioids used. There findings suggest a health data disparity; the excessive misclassification of OODs is likely attributable to the race/ethnicity of the decedent.


Dr. Simon will explore the evidence of unconscious bias, systemic racism, criminal (in) justice, and health inequity specific to Black Boys in America. We will discuss these intersections and their mental health implications. Using excerpts of classic Black narrative, film, and clinical cases, participants will examine Black Boys' mental health through an antiracist lens.


A year of COVID, economic downturns and poisonous politics. So how are you doing? Really. We discuss the pandemic's impact on collective mental health. Dr. Luana Marques and Dr. Kevin Simon join Meghna Chakrabarti.


Dr. Simon shares his clinical perspective regarding Black boys in America and provides a voice for those who care for and love their Black children.

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With so many barriers to care and so little financial investment by policymakers, it can be hard to know much about mental health at all. In honor of World Mental Health Day, these are the 8 things mental health experts, including Dr. Simon, want you to know right now.


Dr. Simon and colleagues share advice about some of the college mental health struggles and experiences popping up a lot these days, so if you can relate, you’re definitely not alone.


Dr. Simon shares insights into the diagnosis of Bipolar spectrum Disorders from the view point of patients and family members.


As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and families spend more time at home, adjusting to "the new normal" may prove especially difficult for younger children as they gear up for the school year, Dr. Simon and colleagues share tips for parents now on supporting their children during these unprecedented times.


A child psychiatrist and a social-justice educator weigh in.


As part of NPR's special series, "America Reckons with Racial Injustice," listeners from across the country share their personal experience of being Black in America.


In the face of this mounting crisis, access to mental health care remains a significant challenge for many Black Americans. Dr. Simon shares challenges.


If you’re the parent of a Black child, you know that sooner or later you’ll be forced to have “the talk” with your son or daughter and explain how they should interact with the police. Dr. Simon shares his thoughts.


Dr. Simon suggest a few fundamental principles that honestly can be applied to any patient but should be strongly considered for providers with black male patients.


Racism is not an easy topic, and if you’re having a hard time knowing how and when to discuss these issues with your kids, you’re not alone. Many parents feel confused about how much to share, especially with younger children. For some tips, we turned to Dr. Kevin Simon, a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital


As protests and outrage over racism and police brutality continues to unfold, many teens are adding their voices to the conversation. If your teen or young adult child is engaging online or in protests, you may be wondering how to talk with them about their interactions and make sure they stay safe, especially in the age of COVID-19. Dr. Simon offers a few tips on ways to help guide those conversations.


Dr. Meredith Pittman (@merepitt) speaks with Dr. Kevin Simon (@DrKMSimon), a psychiatrist at Boston Children's Hospital, about the role that structural racism plays in everyday encounters between physicians and patients, trainees and educators, and physician colleagues. They discuss the way that COVID-19 has highlighted race-based disparity, and Dr. Simon gives advice for dealing with kids during a pandemic and quarantine.


Dr. Simon joined Change Catalyst Founder & CEO Melinda Briana Epler to help viewers learn and understand the Effects of Racism on Black Boys & Men. Dr. Simon shared about his efforts and work during COVID-19, helping Black and Brown kids and their families understand intergenerational trauma and historical trauma, and how the effects can manifest through mental health changes.


Dr. Simon talks a possible two year pandemic, talking to your children about racism, and the lasting psychological effects of quarantine on children.


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