Around the House: stigma

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...
So much is still unknown about James Holmes, the accused shooter in Colorado, but inevitably the question of his mental health arises. As most people know by now, he was being seen by a psychiatrist who, in fact, did report a problem to the campus police. Soon after, he dropped out of school, so...
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...
Urban Technicolor by Marty CohenOn Monday, October 10, Marty Cohen and I represented Fountain Gallery in a dynamic panel discussion on Art as Mental Health at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In addition to the discussion, Marty gave a fantastic presentation on his life as a working artist...
anti_stigma_eng.jpgThe key people from the Swedish government-funded group Handisam, who are responsible for managing the Swedish anti-stigma campaign Hjärnkoll, came to Fountain House a few weeks ago to share ideas with representatives from the BringChange2Mind.org initiative and other anti-...
The first clubhouse in FranceMaelle Le Flour Chargée de Mission Vie Sociale, Association Cap'cités The Association Cap’cités was created in April 2010 to support the project of the first Clubhouse in France. It should open in autumn 2011 in the center of Paris. If all...
Melissa HollanderEducation Unit, Fountain House In 1990, Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act came into play; it professes that “no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination...
Kenneth DudekPresident, Fountain House In both the Jewish and Christian faiths, this is a holy week. I am reminded that many Fountain House members choose to be part of religious organizations, and this involvement can add a lot to their lives. The problem is that they are often rejected - even by...
Iris DiazResearch Unit, Fountain House “Often there is a temptation for clinicians to attribute any physical symptom to the psychiatric diagnosis without necessarily assessing the person thoroughly.”--Dr. Alex Mitchell, University of Leicester, in a 2009 study that reveals that...

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