Mental Illness and the Family: Relationships, Resilience, Recovery

Posted on May 3, 2013

Honoree Andrew Solomon with FH President Kenn Dudek Honoree Andrew Solomon with FH President Kenn DudekFountain House raised more than one million dollars at its 10th Annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon on April 29, 2013, at The Pierre in New York City. The event, titled “Mental Illness and the Family: Relationships, Resilience, Recovery,” drew nearly 600 guests and honored Andrew Solomon – best-selling author, lecturer and philanthropist – whose latest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, was hailed by The New York Times as a “generous, humane and compassionate book about what it means to be a parent.” 

This yearly event was founded by Lorna Hyde Graev and Lynn Nicholas, PsyD, to advance knowledge about mental illness and to reduce the associated stigma. Funds raised support the programs of Fountain House.

Read about the Symposium and Luncheon on the FH Blog.

The Symposium featured a panel discussion geared to a lay audience about the role of and challenges faced by families of people with mental illness, and the recovery that may be achieved through early and appropriate intervention.The panelists are leaders in mental health research, treatment, and communications:

  • Victoria Costello, Emmy Award-winning science journalist and author of A Lethal Inheritance;
  • Robert J. Hilt, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Washington and Director, Department of Community Relations, Department of Psychiatry, Seattle Children’s Hospital; and
  • David Reiss, MD Clinical Professor in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine.

Co-Chairs Alex Herzan, Podie Lynch, Anne Mai, Mary Pedersen, Kitty de Chazal, Carolyn McKenzie, Lorna Graev, and Patricia Begley Co-Chairs Alex Herzan, Podie Lynch, Anne Mai, Mary Pedersen, Kitty de Chazal, Carolyn McKenzie, Lorna Graev, and Patricia BegleyConsuelo Mack, founder, anchor, and executive producer of Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, served as Master of Ceremonies.

Fountain House President Kenn Dudek presented the Fountain House Humanitarian Award to Andrew Solomon, who held the assembled guests in rapt attention with his remarks, which included vivid stories of families coping with “different” children as recounted in Far From the Tree, winner of the 2012 National Book Critics’ Circle Award for nonfiction. His earlier book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, was a winner of 14 national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller now published in 22 languages.

This year’s Event Chairs were Patricia Begley, Kitty de Chazal, Alexandra A. Herzan, Podie Lynch, Carolyn MacKenzie, Anne Mai, and Mary Quick Pedersen. Corporate Chair was Guy L. de Chazal, and Andrea Roy was the Program Chair.

Camille Tibaldeo
Communications Manager, Fountain Gallery

 

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