Category: Public Policy

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Erich Fromm’s The Heart of Man Is Available as an Audiobook

First published in 1964 and long unavailable until 2010, when it was reissued by American Mental Health Foundation Books, The Heart of Man is available as an audiobook for the first time. It can be purchased by clicking here. Erich Fromm himself comments: “This book is in some respects a counterpart to The Art of Loving. While […]

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Erich Fromm’s The Pathology of Normalcy (2010) Is Available as an Audiobook

Now available as an Audiobook from American Mental Health Foundation Books…. As Erich Fromm, more in tune with our times than ever, trenchantly writes in The Pathology of Normalcy: “There are two possible approaches to the question of what is mental health in contemporary society. One is statistical and one is an analytical, qualitative approach. “The […]

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Erich Fromm’s The Revolution of Hope Is Available as an Audiobook

For the first time in nearly 50 years (1968), The Revolution of Hope, exclusively published by American Mental Health Foundation Books, is available as an audiobook. Order here! “The Revolution of Hope lives up to its title with an uplifting exploration of the definition of hope, what it truly means to be human, and steps […]

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The American Mental Health Foundation in Time, July 27, 2017

This superb article in Time, by journalist Olivia B. Waxman, relates to a conversation with The American Mental Health Foundation initiated via a phone call from the office of Congressman Ted Lieu. The most-relevant portion to this blog is found in the final paragraph.

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Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism - Raymond Flannery

Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism Is Available as an Audiobook

This new book, by Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr., is the first of several planned titles from AMHF Books as an Audio title. Order on this link today! Of the print and ebook (Kindle) editions, Midwest Book Review, in part, praises: “Impressively informed and informative, thoroughly “reader friendly” in organization and presentation. Coping with Anxiety […]

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The American Mental Health Foundation on Public Voice Salon, with John Bredin, Host

Immediately following the 2017 US-presidential inauguration, members of The American Mental Health Foundation professional-advisory board, Drs. Henry Kellerman and William Van Ornum, were filmed on Public Voice Salon. John Bredin is the gracious host. The freewheeling conversation, centering on the state of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis today, also included Mr. Evander Lomke, executive director, discussing the history […]

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Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism - Raymond Flannery

For Mental Health Month: Excellent Advance Notice Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism by Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr. in the Midwest Book Review

Vogel’s Bookshelf Coping with Anxiety in An Age of Terrorism Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr. American Mental Health Foundation PO Box 3, Riverdale, NY 10471-0003 www.americanmentalhealthfoundation.org 9781590565605, $12.00, PB, 112pp, www.amazon.com Synopsis: The use of terrorism to promote a cause is a tragical reality of our times in almost every country in the world. It is […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Terrorism: An Overview

Where was God? Dateline: Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2013 The day was perfect. Bright sunshine, a pleasant warmth. College student, Victoria McGrath, was excited. The Boston Marathon was a premier sports event. The crowd was excited as well. The enthusiasm was electric and Victoria positioned herself near the finish line, so as to have the […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

How many roads must a man (or woman) walk down before you call him (or her) a…human…with a heart? Jared Loughner. James Holmes. Adam Lanza. All suffer from serious mental illness. All represented tragic cries for help. All, among the 4 percent diagnosed with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses, might have been helped. Maybe their […]

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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Enablers of Bad Behavior? (Not!)

Does psychology undermine morality? The question is broad. The book on the subject is short. Pundit Mona Charen reviews it in National Review (April 20, 2015). She says, Yes. As a reflection of the research and outreach conducted by this foundation, since 1924, my different view follows…. Regarding Mona Charen’s review of Admirable Evasions: How Psychology […]

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Psychological Trauma and First Responders

It had been a bad week. Fighting fires is a war that never ends but this had been a bad week. Ladder 6 had been called to a motor-vehicle accident on Monday afternoon. In the passenger’s seat had been a young mother. On impact she was thrown through the windshield and was now impaled on […]

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Staff Victims of Psychiatric Patient Assaults: A Worldwide Perspective

(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 […]

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The Longlasting Psychological Effects of a Tragic Fire

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 […]

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No Person Will Be Untestable

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, […]

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Having an Impact via Social Media

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 & […]

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The Trend toward Moving Elders out of Institutions

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 […]

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Down Syndrome Guardianship Case

The Washington Post reports (August 2, 2013) that a woman with Down syndrome can go against the wishes of her parents regarding where she lives. Jenny Hatch had been under temporary guardianship, being in group homes, and thus “removed from the life she knew.” Hatch wanted to continue living with her friends while continuing to […]

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Bullies and Food Allergies

Pediatrics, the flagship peer-reviewed journal of that profession, recently reported on a study of over 200 young people who have been bullied., according to an article in the New York Times. The researchers discovered that almost one third of this group reported being singled out for a food allergy. For children with peanut butter allergies, the […]

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Books from Colleagues at ACA

Here are some worthwhile books that can be ordered from the American Counseling Association (ANA): 1. Hays, D. G. (2013). Assessment in Counseling: A Guide to the Use of Psychological Assessment Procedures. Fifth Edition. This is a bestselling text, and the latest version includes updates and changes in assessment procedures. Test selection, interpretation of findings, […]

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Budget Cuts, Nonprofits, and Developmental Disabilities

Several months ago the Cuomo administration announced that budgets for nonprofit agencies serving the developmentally disabled would be cut. This had led to an outcry from parents, community members, and those who work at these agencies. Recently it was announced that the cuts would be changed. Although this is helpful, it still leaves most organizations […]

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