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Inspire the Mind
Bringing you everything you’ve always wanted to know about the worlds of Mental Health, Art & Science with blogs & more. The official digital publication of the Stress, Psychiatry and Immunology (SPI) Lab at the IoPPN in London.
Note from the editor

Do we need a new publication on mental health in Medium? A lot of mental health content on Medium — and on the internet in general — comes from people with personal experience of mental health problems. People’s accounts are truthful, profound and often touching ways for a reader to familiarise with the complexity of mental health, and to start a conversation on it. InSPIre the Mind will bring a different perspective: the point of view of a group of clinicians and researchers working in mental health. In this new publication, we want to complement people’s accounts by discussing the clinical and the scientific evidence underpinning these personal experiences, while also sharing with the readers our research, our clinical work, and or our cultural and societal considerations. We are the members of the Stress, Psychiatry and Immunology (SPI) Lab at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, at King’ College London, and these are our stories. — Carmine Pariante and the InSPIre the Mind team.

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SPI Lab
Stress, Psychiatry and Immunology Laboratory within @KingsIoPPN. Follow our publication InSPIre the Mind (https://medium.com/inspire-the-mind).
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the editor in chief
Carmine Pariante
I am a psychiatrist working at King’s College London and writing on stress and how it affects mental and physical health.
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Courtney Worrell
Trial Manager in the Stress, Psychiatry and Immunology (SPI) Lab at the IOPPN, Kings College London. Co-editor and writer for InSPIre the Mind
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Melisa Kose
Research Assistant at the IoPPN, King’s College London, MSc Neuroscience student, and Co-Editor of InSPIre the Mind.
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Nare Hartoonian
Research assistant at the Stress, Psychiatry and Immunology (SPI) Lab at the IOPPN, King’s College London
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Caitlin Pentland
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Carmine Pariante
I am a psychiatrist working at King’s College London and writing on stress and how it affects mental and physical health.
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