Around the House: philosophy

By Andrea Roy
George Handran and Andrea Roy serving on the scholarship committeeOne of my favorite parts of working at Fountain House is serving on the academic scholarship committee. Three times a years, for two days at a time, I am privileged to hear first-hand accounts of the amazing things that members...
Community is an essential word in the vocabulary of any group of people that is engaged in the recovery of people living with mental illness. At Fountain House we call it a working community. My task here is to define the word community, indicate how the word aptly describes the daily currency...
From the forthcoming book Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice by Alan Doyle, Julius Lanoil, and Kenneth Dudek. Columbia University Press, November 2013.  A working community assumes a place.A working community assumes place. Location and space are the necessary...
Diffusion is essentially a social process through which people talking to people spread an innovation.--Everett RogersAs an intervention in mental health practice, the idea of Fountain House represents all the right values. It ishumanesuccessful (evidence-based)cost effectiveAnd yet growth in the...
What do we do about Olivia? Olivia is a 50-year old African-American woman who has schizophrenia, a Fountain House member who is currently homeless. She also has an assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) order which legally mandates her to take her medication and go to treatment. And yet, two days ago...
Dr. Robert Hilt, Victoria Costello, Dr. David Reiss, Program Chair Andrea Roy, and Emcee Consuelo MackOn Monday, April 29, 2013, Fountain House hosted its 10th Annual Symposium and Luncheon at The Pierre in New York City. This year’s theme was Mental Illness and the Family: ...
Luke and Nick pose in front of Fountain House's iconic green doors.My name is Luke Terry and I am the Executive Director of Toowoomba Clubhouse in Australia.I’ve just completed comprehensive clubhouse model training at Fountain House. This training was once again another true example of...
Members and staff work together to gather wood for the winter at High Point Farm.I recently spent some time at High Point Farm, Fountain House’s beautiful 477-acre farm in Montague, NJ. When winter is in all its glory, life at the farm slows down a little, but there’s still a...
Fountain House interns Eva and MariaWhen we first started our internship at Fountain House, it was all brand new to us. Looking back at it now, we can see how much we have learned during our time here and how much our understanding of both the clubhouse model and Fountain House has changed and...
We, from the mental health community, basically believe that emotional illness is due to a biochemical imbalance of the brain.It seems to make sense; after all, emotional illness is due to aberrant thoughts and feelings. And where do these originate from? Well, they’re products of...

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