(This is the second of two companion essays on assaultive psychiatric patients. The first focused on the characteristics of patient assailants. This second essay focuses on staff victims. The interested reader will want to read both essays to have a comprehensive understanding of this worldwide problem.) Psychiatric patient assaults on healthcare staff are a worldwide […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Dateline: Anywhere, Any Time The voice in Daniel’s head kept saying “The nurse is trying to kill you. The nurse is trying to kill you. The nurse is trying to kill you.” Daniel, a twenty-two-year-old patient with schizophrenic illness, became very frightened, then terrified, then explosively angry. “Time for medicines. Patients please come to the […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
In early December a tragedy occurred, one causing untold sadness and posttraumatic stress disorder. Yet in the 56 years since this happened, signs of resiliency have also emerged. In my mind’s eye, I can see my grandfather, 56 years ago, sliding down the chrome pole in his firehouse and landing on the rubber mat. In […]By: William Van Ornum, Ph.D.
The American Mental Health Foundation is delighted to announce distinguished Jungian play therapist and author Dr. Eric J. Green has joined its professional-advisory board. Dr. Green’s full bio can be read here. We encourage one and all to visit his superb Web site, Soulplay. AMHF is coming off Dr. Green’s well-attended (more than 300 registered) […]By: Evander Lomke
The November 6 Free Interactive Webinar sponsored by AMHF, with Dr. Eric J. Green presenting on Disaster Mental Health with Children and Families has already had an overwhelming positive response. Wait no longer to sign up! Join Dr. Green and AMHF here. This Webinar is APT, NASW, and NBCC approved, and offers 2 CE Contact […]By: Evander Lomke
American Mental Health Foundation Books, the publishing division of the foundation, was established five years ago today. Then in its 85th year of service dedicated to the welfare of people with emotional problems, AMHF has since been the proud publisher (as the accompanying photograph from BookExpo America indicates) of four titles by the incomparable Erich […]By: Evander Lomke
“No Person Will Be Untestable” Presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association
The American Mental Health Foundation presented on October 18, 2014, at the New England Psychological Association conference, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. This was the third annual poster presentation made by AMHF. Executive Director Evander Lomke and professional-advisory-board member Dr. William Van Ornum talked to interested convention-goers about the project under development with Pearson Assessments: “No […]By: Evander Lomke
Following is the fourth Annual Report (November 1, 2013, to October 31, 2014) of The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), a research organization formed in 1924, incorporated in New York State December 31, 1954. In 2014, AMHF celebrates ninety years of philanthropic service and activities—“Advancing Mental Health.” Vision: Building a More Compassionate Society—Get Involved! This […]By: Evander Lomke
Sign up for CEU Today! FREE November 6, 2014, Interactive Webinar, by Renowned Play Therapist Dr. Eric J. Green, on Crisis Counseling: “Disaster Mental Health with Children and Families”
Sign up for CEU here, while places last, for Dr. Eric Green’s live and interactive Webinar: “Disaster Mental Health with Children and Families: Playing in Peril.” (Viewing the Webinar is free as is viewing Dr. Green’s September 5 Webinar: see last paragraph regarding the earlier Webinar.) For “Disaster Mental Health with Children and Families” on […]By: Evander Lomke
“[Cyberbullying is] a burgeoning area of interest for students in different fields, including education and information technology as well as social work. Factor-Inwentash is a natural place to investigate the phenomenon…social workers have always dealt with issues of discrimination and marginalization. When studying mental-health concerns, their profession places special emphasis on examining the social environments […]By: Evander Lomke
The idea of equal and quality medical treatment for all Americans was promoted by Hillary Clinton in her efforts to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system in 1992-93. Many believe this goal has now been brought to fruition via the Affordable Care Act. But as it is impossible to ascertain every special medical need through legislation, […]By: William Van Ornum, Ph.D.
For the September 5, 2014, Webinar by Dr. Eric J. Green on Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with Adults: Toward Self-healing and Renewal, sign up today! The link to the test for certification from NASW. For APT certification, which does not require taking or passing the test, contact *protected email* . (Dr. Green’s latest book […]By: Evander Lomke
A year-and-a-half following the horrible killings at the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, elementary school, we Americans are still searching our souls, trying to understand how this tragedy could happen, why it did, what might have been the warning signs before young Adam Lanza snapped. Journalist Andrew Solomon met with Adam’s father, Peter Lanza, over six gut-wrenching […]By: Evander Lomke
I do not typically “get personal” in posting News Items and Blogs on the AMHF Web site. This one is an exception. I was inspired by a July 21, 2014, article in The New Yorker from reporter Seth Mnookin entitled “One of a Kind”. Several letters to the editor, appearing in the August 11 & […]By: Evander Lomke
One of the world’s largest publishing houses was named by co-founder Bennett Cerf Random House. The name describes the true nature of trade-book publishing. (In fact, one publisher goes one better, calling itself Serendipity Press.) It is an interesting word: Random. Many of a philosophic or theological disposition believe nothing in life occurs randomly: that […]By: Evander Lomke
Anatomy of Delusion by Dr. Henry Kellerman to Be Published by American Mental Health Foundation Books
March 24, 2015, is the official publication date of Anatomy of Delusion by Dr. Henry Kellerman. Advance copies will be available later this year. This groundbreaking book may be pre-ordered by clicking on the above link. Dr. Kellerman has published thirty books. He is on the professional advisory board of AMHF. This new work will […]By: Evander Lomke
The publishing program of The American Mental Health Foundation will be well represented at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Booth 207, on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Meet us and help advance mental health!By: Evander Lomke
The Webinars by Dr. Eric J. Green, September 5, 2014, and November 6, 2014, are at the following times: September 5 12:00 p.m. EDT to 2:00 p.m. EDT November 6 3:00 p.m. EST to 5:00 p.m. EST Sign up here!By: Evander Lomke
Under the Auspices of AMHF: Early Identification and Prevention of Psychotic Disorders in Children and Youth
What follows is the up-to-the-minute report on the fundamental research project of AMHF and Astor Services for Children & Families 20-month Progress Report – June 9, 2014 Project Goal To design and implement an evaluation and intervention program for both children and adolescents at risk for psychotic disorders and their families. Youth identified as at […]By: Evander Lomke
What are the qualities that make a good priest, and how can the Catholic community find the young men who possess these qualities? The experience of recent decades shows that the opinions of psychologists and even clergy have not always proved the best guide. Why not go to the source: the perceptions of the parents […]By: William Van Ornum, Ph.D.
AMHF Professional Advisory Board member Dr. William Van Ornum is quoted by CNN Health on the subjects of obsessive-compulsive disorder and scrupulosity. Considerable controversy also exists among the professional community regarding issues such as worship itself and OCD or addiction, as well as whether certain seizure disorders manifest, or perhaps mask, themselves as hyper-religiosity.By: Evander Lomke
American Mental Health Foundation to Conduct First Two Interactive Webinars in Its 90-year History, Offering CEU Certification
Dr. Eric J. Green and The American Mental Health Foundation invite you to participate in two interactive Webinars: September 5, 2014,”Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy with Adults: Toward Self-healing and Renewal” Provides the overview, research support, and step-by-step protocol for mental-health clinicians to begin the process of successfully and competently integrating various disciplines of […]By: Evander Lomke
Today, March 26, 2014, is International Purple Day. AMHF joins all families, foundations, and health-care providers on the front lines in raising the flag of Epilepsy Awareness. Epilepsy, which derives from the ancient Greek meaning “to seize,” is a condition of the brain and nervous system. It is caused by lesions in the brain and […]By: Evander Lomke
AMHF executive director Evander Lomke displayed on the history of the foundation and grants awarded during Poster Session IV, third-floor student lounge of Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on October 19, 2013. This community-college setting was surprisingly—even startlingly—impressive. The high-energy meetings of the New England Psychological Association (fifty-third annual conference of NEPA) and Northeast […]By: Evander Lomke
I have had the opportunity to view an extraordinary documentary entitled Kings Park. Here is what Oliver Sacks has to say: “A brave, compelling look at the life of a state mental hospital and those whose lives it has touched. Lucy Winer has thought long and hard about the subject, and brings to her film […]By: Evander Lomke
Ivan K. Goldberg, MD, passed away on November 26, 2013. He was seventy-nine years old. Many considered Dr. Goldberg—I always called him “Dr. Ivan”—to be a psychiatrist-psychopharmacologist who was in a class by himself: world class. He was a one-doctor Mayo Clinic, working from an unpretentious, studious-cluttered office on the Upper East Side of New […]By: William Van Ornum, Ph.D.
Since April 2013 in Washington, D.C., fifty-eight people have been relocated: from nursing homes to their real homes. These transitions are part of a program, under the auspices of the DC Office on Aging, called Nursing Home Transition. Individuals who qualify for Medicaid received funded services at home. For those who do not, the Office […]By: Evander Lomke
The following text is adapted from a press release of Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow. AMHF applauds the efforts behind this enlightened legislation. In mid-December 2013, the United States Senate Finance Committee approved the bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health Act, authored by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), to expand access to community mental-health […]By: Evander Lomke
From the December 31, 2013, issue of National Review: America’s mental-health system is a failure, as the massacres perpetrated by deranged individuals in Newtown, Aurora, and elsewhere have made tragically clear. While 10 million people in America suffer from serious mental illness—including 200,000 on our streets, and 300,000 in our prisons—the federal government has in […]By: Evander Lomke
At eighty-five-plus years (But who’s counting the timeless work of a great man?), Eugene Kennedy—former Roman Catholic priest, theologian, philosopher, novelist, and, oh yes, compassionate psychologist—remains ever relevant and ahead of our times. As we approach the first anniversary of the Newtown-Sandy Hook massacre, with all the horrors and trauma engendered, Eugene Kennedy was way […]By: Evander Lomke