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Fountain House and our partners at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Global Mental Health at Columbia University Medical Center, Grand Challenges Canada and citiesRISE are grateful to the more than 250 stakeholders who came together at Healthier Longer Lives for People with Serious Mental Illness to create a global community focused on finding solutions to improve and extend the lives of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression.
By Elizabeth Lion
For Otokar von Bradsky, 90, and his son Peter, 61, supporting Fountain House is about family lineage and legacy. "My mother, Wanda, - Peter's grandmother - lived with schizophrenia," Otokar explains.
The Fountain House Executive Leadership Program provides resources and training to clubhouses around the world. Participants travel to Fountain House for approximately a month’s time to partake in the training that focuses on nonprofit management techniques within standards-based practice. We sat down with Executive Leadership Fellows, Helene Molvig from Fontenehuset Rygge in Norway, and Guido Valentini from Progetto Itaca in Italy, to discuss the ins and outs of their respective clubhouses.
"I joined Fountain House in July of 2015. Fountain House is a mental health recovery program utilizing work and socialization to rebuild its members’ sense of confidence and purpose. The Fountain House Colleague Training Program changed my life."
“Fountain House is like a support system, where if I don’t come for a week, I kind of feel depressed. It’s like a charging station for me.”
We have this idea of suicide we are taught from novels and movies. That it is a drawn out, emotional battle for years. That is simply not always the truth. Suicide is often impulsive. There are often little to no warning signs.
Out of Your Mind Founder, Kat Dolan, shares how poetry not only helped her manage her depression and anxiety, but changed her life.
In May 2018 we met with sisters Molly Knight Raskin and Alexandra Knight to learn more about their upcoming documentary film STILL WE RISE. You can read more about the film, and Molly and Alexandra’s experiences touring through Fountain House on our blog.
The topic for this year’s event was Food For Thought: Eating Disorders & The Brain. Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses that can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group. An estimated 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Considerable strides have been made in the treatment of these disorders, and recovery is possible.
Izzy has not been hospitalized since he’s been at Fountain House. Today, he is passionate about diet and exercise and helps fellow members to change their diets, get in shape, and stop smoking. “I love it. There is nothing in the world like it. And there’s nothing like Fountain House.”

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