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.”
On Saturday, April 7, 2018, over 500 participants took part in Fountain House's One-in-Four 5K in Riverside Park to raise vital funds for our comprehensive wellness programming and bring awareness to the connection between mental and physical health. The community (including some canine friends) sported caps and t-shirts in eye-catching lime green, the cause color for mental health awareness.