“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”



For a while now, writer Liza Long and I have been advocating together from long distance. Liza is the author of The Price of Silence and a powerful blog that went viral after the tragedy in Newtown, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother.” Among many things, Liza is known for her poignant accounts of how mental illness has affected her own family. Through her fierce honesty, Liza has become a leader in the crusade for ending the stigma and discrimination that permeates mental health issues in this country. We were thrilled that our busy travel schedules finally collided in New York City the other day at the end of Suicide Prevention Week. In New York, Liza and I asked ourselves, “What can we do more of to propel the conversation around these issues?” We decided that in order to melt down shame and fear around mental health, we needed to have real, open conversations together. We talked about many topics, including our own personal histories of mental health challenges, the civil rights components of this cause, and some of our “secrets.”

Let this blog and video serve as a call to action. Once you watch this video, take a risk today and share something that might make you feel vulnerable — the truth about how you are really feeling or about your mental health.


Unplugged: Part 1

Flawless Founder, Janine Francolini and Author/Mental Health Advocate, Liza Long introduce their new video series about all things mental health. Real Talk in” Liza and Janine Unplugged. Part 1 of a 5 part video series.

Unplugged: Part 2

Liza & Janine go deeper with real talk about depression and suicide. Part 2 of the 5 part series.

Unplugged: Part3

With special guest Ross Szabo, CEO of Human Power Project, Author “Behind Happy Faces”. Part 3 of the 5 part series.