Around the House: stigma

By Jason Bowman
A National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) survey of college students living with mental health conditions revealed that stigma remains the number one barrier to students seeking help. The study also found that an overwhelming majority of survey respondents who said they are no longer in...
By Priscilla Lundin
The important work Fountain House does in the area of supported employment was highlighted in the remarks of Jennifer Rivera, Fountain House Director of Human Resources and Veterans Affairs, a panelist on the September 29, 2015 program held in Manhattan at the New York City Bar Association,...
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 Ashley Womble
More than 500 people— including Fountain House members, staff, and community members— spent Saturday morning in Riverside Park to raise awareness about the connection between mental and physical health. The second annual walk/run has a dual purpose of fighting stigma while promoting the...
By Alan Gary
Alan Gary and Jessie CloseJessie Close, a mental health advocate and Co-Founder of BringChange2Mind.org has a dream. “One day, I will go into a high school and ask who has bi-polar disorder and no one will be ashamed to raise their hand,” she said.  On Tuesday January...
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...
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 –...
Betty, the author, flashes her winning smile.The following was originally presented as a speech during a site visit by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Often pivotal moments in life are fleeting - there is often only unconscious awareness of them. The people in life who guide and...
Davida, the author, with Jeff on the panel at Performing the World.Shakespeare said, “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” From October 4-7, 2012, the theme of the Performing the World 2012 conference was “Can performance SAVE the world?...

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