Author Archives: Evander Lomke

Dr. Stefan de Schill with Miss Denise LaHullier: companions in life and work

Honoring Dr. Stefan de Schill at 100: April 4, 2017

April 4 is the 100th birthday of Dr. Stefan de Schill. Dr. de Schill was director of research of The American Mental Health Foundation from 1948 till his death on February 9, 2005, Ash Wednesday. He devoted his life to individuals with emotional problems, as a leading proponent internationally of group psychotherapy. De Schill’s two […]

Londoners mourn the latest terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism: the San Franciscio Chronicle op-ed by Evander Lomke

This op-ed by executive director Evander Lomke was published March 28, 2017, in the San Francisco Chronicle. The editorial covers the important work of PTSD authority Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr. in his cogent new book Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism. The official publication date of this book is June 15, 2017. […]

Representative Ted Lieu of California proposes mental-health legislation regarding the executive branch.

Congressman Ted Lieu and U.S.-presidential Mental Health

From the office of Congressman Ted Lieu, 33rd District of California (who supersedes Representative Henry A. Waxman): We have been exploring legislation to create a Presidential Psychiatrist position in the White House Medical Unit, similar to the Presidential Physician position that already exists. Although the impetus has certainly been our current president, this concept has […]

Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk

Violence by Raymond B. Flannery Ph.D., FAPM, Reviewed

From Holy Cross Alumni magazine, winter 2017, volume 51, number 1 “Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk By Raymond B. Flannery Jr. ’64 Lantern Books [distributor] In Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk, Flannery explores the question of violence and whether or not it […]

The singer talks about battling posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Lady Gaga and PTSD

Huffington Post and other sources report on Lady Gaga’s appearance on Today discussing her battle with PTSD (see below). AMHF Books is one of the leading publishers of works (9) on PTSD, stress, and violence. In spring 2017, The American Mental Health Foundation will issue Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism by Dr. […]

The saintly proponent of mental health

Patron Saints for People Suffering from Depression: 19 Million in the U.S. Alone

Depression, which can be paralyzing, is the most common emotional problem, certainly in the United States: by some estimates 19 million. But of course, it has an international, human dimension that transcends borders. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney was born near Lyons (Dardilly) on May 8, 1786. As a youngster, he worked the land while teaching other children […]

Not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association...yet

Orthorexia Nervosa: Not in the DSM-5

At the recent meeting of the New England Psychological Association in Worcester, Massachusetts, Marist College student Francesca Treglia presented “Orthorexia Nervosa: Should this Classification Be in Any Updates of DSM-5?” Treglia received research supervision from William Van Ornum, Ph.D., FAPA, professor of psychology at Marist as well as professional advisory-board member of The American Mental […]

The Sixth Annual Report of The American Mental Health Foundation

This is the sixth Annual Report of The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), a research organization formed in 1924, incorporated in New York State December 31, 1954. In 2017, AMHF celebrates 93 years of philanthropic service and activities—“Advancing Mental Health: A Century of Excellence in Mental Health Research.”   Vision: Building a More Compassionate Society—Get Involved!   Mission: AMHF endeavors […]

At one time or another,  in every life, there is the need for "psychological first aid."

World Mental Health Day: October 10—Psychological First Aid

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on October 10, 2016, covers “psychological first aid.” Efforts in support of the day will focus on basic pragmatic psychological support by people who find themselves in a helping role—whether they are health staff, teachers, firefighters, community workers, or police officers. Despite its name, psychological […]

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., on the front lines, as is Rep. Timothy Murphy (R., Pa.)

U.S. Government Drops the Ball on Serious Mental-health Issues

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., says shame on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With a budget of $3.5 billion to reduce the burden of mental illness and substance abuse, SAMHSA has nonetheless never ascertained the prevalence (numbers afflicted) of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. […]

Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk

New England Psychologist Reviews Violence by Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.

Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk by Raymond B. Flannery Jr., Ph.D., FAPM, June 2016 New England Psychologist Reviewed by Kerry Morrison, Psy.D. This new publication by Raymond Flannery called Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk, serves as a useful handbook for understanding the […]

The late Madeleine Sherwood on memory, her emotional life, and her art

Madeleine’s (Sherwood) Method

The late Madeleine Sherwood, supporter of mental hygiene and mental-health research, and long-time friend of The American Mental Health Foundation, is featured in this fascinating 20-minute video: “Madeleine’s Method.” Most is devoted to the art of acting. But she also talks about her emotional life apart from stage and screen, especially what has come to be […]

Jack Fowler, 4th chairman of AMHF in its 92-year history: starting National Mental Health Awareness Month 2016 he will solely be a non-board-member treasurer

May Is National Mental Health Awareness Month

The White House has declared May 2016 National Mental Health Awareness Month. This is a time to reflect: specifically on the 92-year tradition of excellence in research and building a more compassionate society as the aims and goals of AMHF. More generally, this month—which derives its name from Jesus’ mother—is a good time to think […]

Snapshot of the late Madeleine Sherwood

Additional on the Late Madeleine Sherwood, Friend of AMHF

This is one of the snapshots of the late Madeleine Sherwood (d. either April 22, 2016, or April 23, 2016), a talented actress who starred in the original productions of Horton Foote’s The Chase and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (as Abigail Williams; AMHF has the original-cast notice from a newspaper, including her picture, temporarily misplaced), […]

Actress, activist, & friend of mental health, Madeleine Sherwood

Noted with Sadness the Passing of AMHF Friend Madeleine Sherwood

AMHF sadly notes the death of old-time friend of the foundation, Madeleine Sherwood. Here is an article about her in the New York Times of April 26-27, 2016.

Pulitzer Prize-winning book on cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, who here talks about mental illness running in families

The Eye Would Be the Eye to the Brain

Shakespeare writes, “There is no art to find the mind’s construction in the face.” It has become an adage of the acting profession. But what about the eye? Is it the window to the soul in more ways than metaphoric? A recent article in the New Yorker (March 28, 2016) by Pulitzer Prize–winning Siddhartha Mukherjee […]

Dr. Henry Kellerman , author of 30 books including There's No Handle on My Door, and on the AMHF professional-advisory board

Two recent notices There’s No Handle on My Door and Violence

AMHF Books has received two recent and superb notices of its books from Midwest Book Review. The first is for There’s No Handle on My Door: Stories of Patients in Mental Hospitals by Dr. Henry Kellerman (who is pictured) “In There’s No Handle on My Door, Henry Kellerman probes institutional life through nine fascinating profiles. […]

The American Mental Health Foundation-Astor Services research project

The American Mental Health Foundation–Astor Services Study and Young People

On April 7, 2016, American Mental Health Foundation Books will publish its most comprehensive research project devoted to young people in its 90-plus-year history. Early Identification, Palliative Care, and Prevention of Psychotic Disorders in Children and Youth is the result of a pioneering two-year study developed and funded by AMHF. This monograph is also a […]

Stefan de Schill ca. 1948, when he joined AMHF as Director of Research at the request  of author Hermann Broch and Dr. Otto Kauders.

Eleventh Anniversary of the Passing of Dr. Stefan de Schill

Yesterday, February 9, 2016, was the eleventh anniversary of the death of Dr. Stefan de Schill: Ash Wednesday, 2005, and the earliest Western date this holiday could fall. (Today, February 10, is Ash Wednesday.) We honor the work of Dr. de Schill today. This video talks a little about Dr. de Schill’s nearly 60 years […]

One of the top-20-ranked universities in the world, the University of Toronto responds to mental-health needs on campus.

Young Healthy Minds: The Future of the World

The Winter 2016 issue of the University of Toronto—where I did graduate work forty years ago—alumni magazine features an article on the college response to a rise in mental-health needs among its students. In an evermore diverse society, in a faster-changing culture amid the brave new world of social media, college-aged students in North America […]

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