MIA Gets a New Heart


MIA blogger Jack Carney, who has given his all as a social worker, as well as to the cause of reforming the field of mental health, announces that he has received a new heart, that he is recovering nicely, and will go home tomorrow (Monday, 4/14).

We are thankful for the good news and wish him well.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Great news! Best regards with your new heart. If it seems that everything you and the people who have helped you did to keep you alive is now suddenly maladapted, then you’ve arrived. It’s a whole lot to process, isn’t it? Take good care of you and the wonderful gift of a new heart. Kudos to the transplant team— they’re a rare and highly skilled breed. And congratulations to everyone who helped you live to see the day. Mazeltov!

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