Helen M. Farrell, M.D. is an enthusiastic and experienced medical professional; board certified psychiatrist & forensic psychiatrist; writer; and speaker. She is a Harvard Medical School Instructor in psychiatry and a staff psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Dr. Farrell is a medical graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. There she was initially moved by the lyrical and sensitive prose of literary geniuses whose writings gave mental illness an acceptable voice.

She frequently contributes expert psychiatric commentary to the media and press. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, NPR’s CommonHealth Blog and KevinMD.com. Dr. Farrell cares deeply about disseminating credible expert commentary on mental health, forensics and wellness.

Dr. Farrell gained recognition for her original JAMA article, “A House Built Out of Madness” which sought to overcome stereotypes of mental illness. Dr. Farrell’s 2015 TEDx Talk, “Creating Hope for Mental Health” has been viewed across the globe and is transforming perceptions of mental illness from stigma into acceptance. Dr. Farrell is an award-winning educator at Harvard Medical School and a spirited clinician, writer, and international speaker.

Creating Hope for Mental Health TEDx Talk

Listen as Dr. Farrell discusses the current stigma around mental health and redefines the meaning of the word "normal."