Around the House: personal experience

I presented my autobiography, A Schizophrenic Will: A Story of Madness, A Story of Hope, to a crowd of roughly 25 people on Tuesday, October 9th at the Beth Israel Medical Center, Bernstein Pavilion, Podell Auditorium. The event was organized by MDSG (Mood Disorders Support Group of NYC). I...
Many mental health consumers have the financial resources to enjoy their weekend leisure time but cannot, because they lack the social opportunities to fully participate. The Consumer Dinner Club that I coordinate attempts to provide a chance for consumers to congregate and better enjoy their...
I have been in Weight Wise, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 pm, for four weeks. I decided to go to Weight Wise to try to lose some weight. I have tried to lose weight many times using different programs and crash diets. None of it worked.I think Weight Wise is different in that it...
My first week of my new job as Director of Development for the San Antonio Clubhouse was spent at the first clubhouse, Fountain House, in New York City. The timing was a brilliant move by my Executive Director. I had, of course, visited my clubhouse and read all there was to read about the model,...
I began working on my PhD in Health Psychology at Walden University in March 2009. I was under the mistaken belief that attending an online school would be easier than matriculating at a traditional brick-and-mortar campus. Walden has been the stimulating challenge of my life! I have...
The Leshan BuddhaIn the summer 2012 semester of my college calendar, I will be taking a study abroad trip to Chengdu, China. I will be going from June 10 to July 9. On my trip, I will earn 15 credits towards my college degree; it will be funded through both financial aid and a Fountain House...
Being at Fountain House I’ve experienced a general acceptance of who I am and where I’m at in life - whether that’s confident and participating or paranoid and hatching an escape plan from under a table. The relationships I’ve created while here have gotten me through and...
Last Saturday, to celebrate Harry Houdini’s 138th birthday, Happy, our resident magician treated the Fountain House community to a fantastic magic show. For his grand finale, he escaped from a straitjacket – an object that is perhaps the most striking symbol of society’s...
  Yoga class as part of the Returning to Balance program.Since November, the Wellness Unit has been hosting a weekly workshop called Returning to Balance from 5 pm – 6 pm on Thursdays.  It’s a combination of yoga and massage taught by a trio of teachers who alternate weeks...
Alicia and Shore Clubhouse's current homeI’ve completed the first thirteen weeks of the Executive Fellowship Program at Fountain House, an immersive training program preparing me for Directorship of Shore Clubhouse in New Jersey.  The Fellowship has been teaching me how to integrate...

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