Since October 1924 (the October 27, 1924, issue of Time magazine hailed Sigmund Freud on its cover that very month: Time itself was started in 1923 by philanthropist Henry Luce and Briton Hadden, at first to be named “Fact” magazine), The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) has endeavored to advocate for and to advance mental health and well-being in society. As a research organization, it is dedicated to the welfare of people suffering from emotional problems and mental illness, with a particular concern for individuals of all ages with special needs as well as elders. The Foundation advocates improving the quality of treatment, developing more effective methods of research, and making professional treatment available to lower-wage individuals. To this end, AMHF conducts research, organizes educational seminars and Webinars (for CEU with APT, NASW, and NBCC), and publishes books. (For other important books available free on this site, also see Publications and scroll down. Purchase of any AMHF title supports the mission of The American Mental Health Foundation. Thank you!) From the founders’ Mission Statement…
The object of this Association is to promote, advance, promulgate, perform or carry out, enter into, cultivate, establish and organize scientific research and studies in the field of mental health, psychology, psychoanalysis and related domains; and to organize work groups and seminars for staff members to engage in other educational work. In late 2012, the following was added: Given the dearth of analyses in the area of predictive psychiatric behavior among youth, The American Mental Health Foundation has established as its principal research and programming goal over the next two years the support of important and necessary studies in the area of early detection and prevention of schizophrenia and related later-life psychoses among at-risk young people, publishing these findings under the imprint of American Mental Health Foundation Books.
AMHF further extended its advocacy, in mid-2016, with completion and publication of its 2-year research project with Astor Services
“There are three basic factors in daily existence that are utterly incomprehensible to us: time, because it is eternal; space, because it is infinite; and our consciousness, because it defies all explanation.” -Dr. Stefan de Schill, whose life and work are celebrated in 2017, the 100th anniversary year of his birth
- At least fifty percent of all people seeking medical treatment are suffering from emotional disturbances, but only three cents of every medical dollar is spent on emotional illness.
- “The anxiety and problems other people suffer when caught up in a major crisis, we have to face day by day.”—a patient
- Twenty-seven million Americans will be victims of emotional breakdown and spend at least part of their lives in an institution.
- Less than two percent of those suffering from deep-rooted emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, and phobias will ever obtain competent professional help bringing about lasting results.
2019 AMHF Board of Directors and Executives
- Sister Joan M. Curtin, CND (secretary), is director of the Catechetical Office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. A graduate of Saint Jean Baptiste High School, she received her BA in English from Notre Dame College, an MA in Religion from Manhattanville College, and holds certificates both in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction. Sister has served on the board of the National Catholic Education Association and currently is on the boards of the American Bible Society, the Catholic Education Institute, and the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBiA).
- John P. Fowler (nonvoting treasurer) is the former publisher and current vice president of National Review, an influential magazine of political opinion, with which he has been associated for 35 years, as well as trustee of NRI. An alumnus of Regis High School and the College of the Holy Cross, he also has served on the Milford, Connecticut, Board of Aldermen and is former Republican Town Committee Chairman. On May 1, 2016, Mr. Fowler relinquished his position on the AMHF Board, continuing as nonvoting-member treasurer and financial consultant in 2017-18.
- Eugene Gollogly (vice president) has been an international book-publishing executive for 45 years. He is presently CEO of Lantern Books as well as SteinerBooks. He has a degree from The London School of Economics.
- Michelle Harrison, MD, began her career in rural South Carolina a part of the LBJ War on Poverty. She is the author of the first book on PMS (Self-help for Premenstrual Syndrome). Dr. Harrison is a Fellow in Psychopharmacology at the New England Medical Center Hospital, Tufts University. In 2006 she founded in Calcutta, and since directs, Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay, for orphan girls, many with profound disabilities.
- Jacqueline A. Lofaro (chairman) graduated from Fordham University and attended the Graduate Center of CUNY, where she was awarded a fellowship and full support for doctoral research by the Exxon Corporation. She was on the faculties of Queens and Baruch Colleges, as well as holding a number of executive positions in communications and advertising; was Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York; and directed communications for Catholic Charities.
- Evander Lomke (president & executive director) is a former publishing executive, acquiring or editing more than 1,200 books by authors as diverse as David Bianculli, Donald Bogle, William F. Buckley Jr., President George W. Bush, Lucy Freeman, Paulo Freire, and Erich Fromm. He is on the board of directors of AHRC of New York, an alumnus of the Bronx High School of Science, CCNY, and the University of Toronto, and has directed The American Mental Health Foundation since 2005.
- Thea Lucas (member emeritus) was an executive with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. She has a law degree from Utrecht University.
2019 AMHF Professional Advisory Board
- Dr. Pamela Alexander
- Dr. Joanne H. Gavin
- Dr. Eric J. Green
- Ms. Janice E. Johnson
- Michelle Harrison, MD
- Dr. Henry Kellerman
- Gail Kinn, LCSW
- Dr. Gregory K. Popcak
- Dr. James Campbell Quick
- Dr. Paul Quinnett
- Dr. Norman Reed
- Dr. Milton F. Shore
- Dr. Jeanine Lee Skorinko
- Alexis Tomarken, MSW, PhD
- Dr. William Van Ornum, FAPA
To learn more about the history of AMHF, click here.