Around the House: advocacy

Joel is a talented musician, but after years of struggling with bipolar disorder, his guitar sat in the closet. “I really credit Fountain House Bronx for bringing me back to life,” he says. He began coming to the clubhouse every day and spending time with people who understood his...
More than 200 guests gathered for Fountain House’s eighth annual Associates Fall Fête at the Racquet and Tennis Club. This event introduces and educates young professionals about our “working community” treatment model for mental illness and our mission to fight stigma.Top...
By Alan Miller
Fountain House has been supporting the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS)’s Legislative Day in Albany for over 18 years. I have been attending since 2009 and still get revved up about this day because it gives me and my peers a chance to inform the...
By Cyrus Daniel Napolitano
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would travel to India. Never did I imagine speaking before a group of distinguished men and woman from all over India about my experience at Fountain House.But this September, the Director of the Fountain House Center of Leadership and Education,...
By Andrea Roy
Fred Levine, with Senator Kevin Parker (left), addresses the crowd advocating for Crisis Intervention Teams.Last Wednesday, February 19, Fountain House was part of a coalition of more than 50 mental health agencies that joined State Senator Kevin Parker on the steps of City Hall to advocate for...
On Sunday, September 29, 60 Minutes aired a segment entitled “Untreated Mental Illness an Imminent Danger?” reported by Steve Kroft. The connection between mental illness and violence is a complex and fraught issue, not easily covered in 13 ½ minutes of primetime television, but...
Bevin, Melissa, and Betty at the MA Clubhouse Coalition Conference.Melissa's PerspectiveA few weeks ago, I had just walked into the education unit after taking a final. I was tired and just wanted to eat my lunch when Susan walked over and asked if I could help out with something. I replied,...
Earlier this year the New York State legislature passed Governor Cuomo’s new gun control law (the SAFE ACT), which then went into effect in March of this year.  While the law contained a number of provisions that are aimed at limiting gun violence in the larger community, there are...
The Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act – an amendment to the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, a sweeping initiative that is being considered in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, CT - received nearly unanimous support in the Senate yesterday. Never look a gift horse in the...
With the recent prominence of gun violence in the media due to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, we as mental health advocates are in a very precarious situation. The discussions resulting from this atrocity have centered around two topics: gun control and expansion...

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