ColumnsThe Mental Health Crisis in America Recognizing Problems; Working Toward Solutions Part 2. Offering Hope Through EngagementPLAKUN, ERIC M. MDAuthor Information PLAKUN: Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA; Founder, American Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Caucus, Washington, DC The author declares no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Eric M. Plakun, MD, Austen Riggs Center, 25 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Online date: March 5, 2020 Journal of Psychiatric Practice: March 2020 - Volume 26 - Issue 2 - p 135-140 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000459 Buy Metrics Abstract This column is the second in a series summarizing the 2-day Centennial Conference of the Austen Riggs Center. The conference framed problems in access to care and in the nature of the care being provided that are part of a mental health crisis in America, and then worked to propose solutions. This column addresses problems with the nature of care provided, proposing psychodynamic perspectives that offer hope through engagement. Such approaches play a role in “bending the curve” to improve mental health outcomes. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.