Elana Sandler, LCSW, MPH: Professor of Social work practice, Simmons University

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Elana Premack Sandler, LCSW, MPH, is a professor of social work practice at Simmons University and assistant director of field education for SocialWork@Simmons, the online MSW platform of Simmons Univeresity. For close to 10 years, Elana has been writing about mental health and suicide prevention for PsychologyToday.com, especially the intersection of mental health and social media. (Promoting Hope, Preventing Suicide) Elana brings a personal and professional perspective on mental health and suicide prevention and has written about her own family, including the loss of her father to suicide.

Elana has provided training and consultation to clinicians, small organizations, and large systems on a public health approach to suicide prevention and previously worked with the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center providing consultation to organizations on using evidence-based interventions and best practices for developing suicide prevention programs.

My Thought of the Day: "It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but you are not free to desist from it either" (Rabbi Tarfon, Ethics of Our Fathers).

My Pic of the Day: “I Love My City” photo from Marseilles 

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I live outside of Washington, D.C. and what I really love most is that I have access to multiple cities – I can go into D.C., Maryland, or Northern Virginia. I work from home and, at times, can work from just about anywhere, so having coffee shops and other spots where I can be with people but alone, either in a more urban or suburban environment – so many choices – is very special.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I love Egg In a Hole! My favorite breakfast spots, though, are actually in Boston, where I work for small parts of the year. Tatte is wonderful.  

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sitting at the breakfast table with my kids.

10:00 AM – Zoom Meeting with my colleagues.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

My favorite lunch spots are in Boston! I love Saloniki in the Fenway. Greek food, bright and sunny spot, lots of positive energy.

7:00 PM – Quiet play with my kids. (Who am I kidding? It’s not always so quiet!)

11:00 PM – Asleep and dreaming.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee, coffee, coffee. Not three coffees. Maybe two.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I am really in love with Insight Timer right now – I can set different bell sounds to begin and end a meditation, listen to ambient sounds for relaxation or while I’m writing, or put on a guided meditation while I cook.

What should everyone try at least once?

Honestly… Meditation. I was very reluctant to try it and it was very hard the first time I tried it. But, there is scientific backing that meditation can help our minds and our overall well-being and I have found it to be a meaningful part of my life personally.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I love exploring parts of D.C. that I didn’t get to when I was a kid or teen. I grew up in this area, left for a long time, and then came back – and it has grown and changed in many ways. It is a lot of fun for me to just walk around neighborhoods to look at the architecture, nature, shops, and restaurants.