Around the House: current events

By Kenneth J. Dudek
Kenn Dudek, Fountain House presidentMental health reform has been in the air since the tragic 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, CT. In that time, the nation has witnessed 74 more school shootings. Justified or not, these crimes continue to fuel public discourse about our present mental health...
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...
Patrick Kennedy recently launched The Kennedy Forum to coincide with the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's signing of the Community Mental Health Act, the landmark legislation that signaled a sea change in the way people living with mental illness receive treatment. We applaud the...
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...
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...
In 2011, there were around 20,000 suicides using guns, almost twice the number of people killed in gun homicides.In a recent Fountain House blog, Summer Berman addressed the renewed stigmatization of those living with mental illness, which has become so common in recent discussions of gun violence...
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...
Across the country, there’s been a lot of talk about violence and mental health and how the two intersect.   New York has been no different, with the tragic Sandy Hook shooting happening not far to the east; two fatal subway shovings, one in Manhattan and one in Queens; and the...
Our hearts are saddened and our condolences go out to the families and the community of Newtown, CT.Faced with a tragedy like last Friday’s shooting – a case of violence too horrific and seemingly random for us to absorb - our first instinct is to make the perpetrator the Other –...

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