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Psychotherapeutic Traction: Uncovering the Patient's Power-theme and Basic-wish

For Mental Health Awareness Month (May 2018) AMHF Books Publishes Psychotherapeutic Traction by Dr. Henry Kellerman

Today, May 11, 2018, is the official publication date of Psychotherapeutic Traction: Uncovering the Patient’s Power-theme and Basic-Wish by Dr. Henry Kellerman, a member of the advisory board. It is The American Mental Health Foundation Books celebration of its 25th publication since 2009 as well as an homage to 2018 (“Risky Business”) Mental Health Month. The first advance notice […]

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" took on youth violence years ago.

Fred McFeely Rogers on Youth Violence: May 1, 1969

Thanks to the research of television critic David Bianculli and his TV Worth Watching site, do “tune in” below (7 minutes) as tough-as-nails Rhode Island Senator John O. Pastore is won over by the compelling words of Fred Rogers (just days ago at this writing, the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, on what was […]

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The New Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

Dateline: February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday had not coincided since the 1940s. The day began as an amalgam of frivolity and solemnity. It wound up a tragedy in Broward County. Violence in America. Youth violence. The American Mental Health Foundation is the exclusive publisher of […]

One of the landmark books by Dr. Stefan de Schill, available for free on this Web site.

In Memory of Dr. Stefan de Schill

Today, February 9, 2018, is the thirteenth anniversary of the death of Dr. Stefan de Schill. In 2005, this day was on Ash Wednesday, the earliest date Ash Wednesday could fall. The directors of The American Mental Health Foundation take some moments to honor Dr. de Schill’s memory. He devoted his life, particularly his later […]

Patient assaults are common worldwide but do not receive sufficient attention.

Precipitants to Patient Assaults: A Worldwide View, 2013-17

He was quiet but definitely paranoid. The staff could agree on this. He refused to eat any of the hospital meals to avoid being poisoned. He was quite clear about this and would only eat commercially sealed prepackaged foodstuffs, such as corn chips. Nonetheless, he was quiet and usually cooperative. Still, the staff noticed that […]

Patient assaults on health-care staff are a serious and worldwide occupational hazard.

Staff Victims of Psychiatric Patient Assaults: A Worldwide Perspective, 2013-17

(Please also see Assaultive Psychiatric Patients: A Worldwide Perspective, 2013-17.) Patient assaults on health-care staff are a serious and worldwide occupational hazard for caregivers, all disciplines. These assaults may result in death, permanent or temporary disability, medical and legal expense, lost productivity, and severe psychological distress. They impair overall personal and institutional morale. Assaults may […]

Progress is being made in the understanding of patient violence.

Assaultive Psychiatric Patients: A Worldwide Perspective, 2013-17

There are many types of human-perpetrated violence. However, there is one form of this violence that occurs on a daily basis worldwide and that receives limited media attention. That act of violence is an assault on a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting. Not all psychiatric patients are assaultive but some are, and these assaults […]

Unusual, often bizarre true tales of mental-institutional life by the author of more than 30 books: now available as an audiobook.

Henry Kellerman’s There’s No Handle on My Door: Stories of Patients in Mental Hospitals Is Available as an Audiobook

Now available just in time for the 2017 holidays and New Year, this fascinating book probes institutional life via 9 unforgettable profiles. In the words of its author, Dr. Henry Kellerman: “The unalloyed truth is that I’m in thrall to idiosyncrasy. It can be said that I actually love pathology. Let me explain: It’s that […]


The Seventh Annual Report of The American Mental Health Foundation

This is the seventh Annual Report of The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), a research organization formed in 1924, incorporated in New York State December 31, 1954. AMHF celebrates 10 decades of philanthropic service and activities—“Advancing Mental Health: A Century of Excellence in Mental Health Research.”—likely an unprecedented long-term record of service to the public weal.   Vision: Building […]

One of four works by Erich Fromm, issued by The American Mental Health Foundation, newly available as an audiobook.

Erich Fromm’s Beyond Freud (1992, 2010) Is Available as an Audiobook

Available as an audiobook along with three other of Erich Fromm‘s works issued by American Mental Health Foundation Books (along with Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism, new, by Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr., and soon, There’s No Handle on My Door: Stories of Patients in Mental Hospitals, by Dr. Henry Kellerman): Beyond Freud: From Individual […]