It is happening everywhere. Adults are assaulted or shot in bars and entertainment venues. Teenagers and gang members kill each other in broad daylight. Children are murdered in their classrooms. Dinner guests who do not know each other break out in brawls in restaurants. Why is there this increase in crime and violence as COVID-19 […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Raymond B. Flannery Jr., Ph.D., FACLP, a licensed clinical psychologist, is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. He has also served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and Boston College. For 10 years, he was Director of Training for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health […]By: Evander Lomke
Now published and available by clicking here, The Origin of Language is an important new title from American Mental Health Foundation Books. Order your copy today, and in doing so you are also supporting the mission of this foundation.By: Evander Lomke
For 27 years, Maureen McKew has been associated with the Catechetical Office of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, first as a volunteer, then as a consultant and, for almost 15 years, as a full-time staff member. She is the director of catechist formation, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (a Montessori-based method of […]By: Evander Lomke
A busy pediatrician looked troubled and tense. He had seen this five-year old, Angela, once before two years ago. Then, it was a fall from some playground equipment her mother had said. Today, mom reported that it was a fractured wrist due to a fall from Angela’s bicycle. However this didn’t explain the child’s two […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
“Home is where the heart is” is a common expression that connotes caring and support. However in some homes it means heartache, medical injury, psychological terror, and even death. Not all family values are good, prosocial values; some are violent and destructive. Domestic violence (DV) refers to the physical, sexual, verbal/oral, and nonverbal acts of […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
It happens. Violence suddenly erupts. It may be in homes, in schools, in factories, in houses of worship, or in the community’s streets. We know what happens. The first responders arrive. The assailant is subdued. The media encamps and reports the incident(s). Counselors arrive to assist the victims and witnesses. What would happen if violence […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Mental toughness…..Mental toughness. A characteristic highly prized by trauma surgeons. Today, however, one trauma surgeon didn’t have it. She had difficulty concentrating, and the patient before her had serious life-threatening injuries that required her full attention. She had been a trauma surgeon now for twelve years. She was always excited about surgery and the chance […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
In memory of our caring, multi-talented colleague Gene Gollogly, October 4, 1950 – January 7, 2021: Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of The American Mental Health Foundation; a board member and officer of Brighter Green; co-founder with Martin Rowe of what is today the not-for-profit Lantern Publishing & Media; former publisher […]By: Evander Lomke
Annual Report of AMHF November 1, 2018, to October 31, 2019 This is the Ninth Annual Report of The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), a research organization formed in 1924, incorporated in New York State in 1954. AMHF celebrates ten decades of philanthropic service and activities—“Advancing Mental Health:A Century of Excellence in Mental Health Research.”—likely […]By: Evander Lomke
Preventing Youth Violence: Twenty Years Later (Enhanced Findings and Treatment Interventions, Part 2)
Twenty years ago I published a book (that link goes to the new edition, with additional information by scrolling down here) on a topic of national concern: preventing youth violence. The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) requested I write two blogs that highlighted the contents in the book. The first blog reviewed the early/serious/urgent warning […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Twenty years ago I published a book on a topic of national concern: preventing youth violence (Flannery, 2012a). The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF), with its emphasis on improving mental-health awareness, requested I write two blogs (herewith, in 2019, are these two new essays) on some of the topics in the book. The first blog, from […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
This essay has been prepared in consultation with Evander Lomke, president and executive director of The American Mental Health Foundation. It is posted in memory of Elizabeth Leah Lomke, September 19, 1986 – June 4, 2018. The medical community and the general public are fully cognizant of the unexpected death of otherwise apparently healthy infants, […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Michelle Harrison, MD, has joined The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) directors’ board as of July 1, 2018. She is the only director also serving on the AMHF professional-advisory board. Dr. Harrison is a U.S. physician of family medicine, psychiatry, and obstetrics with international stature. From 2006 to the present, Dr. Harrison directs Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay, which […]By: Evander Lomke
Dateline: Miami, Florida, March 15, 2018 The day dawned bright and sunny with typical early spring Florida warmth. People began to wake up, and each person began to plan the day. Everyone left home for work, for school, for local errands. Some did not realize that they would never be returning home. Ever. Each sat […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Michelle Harrison, MD, joins The American Mental Health Foundation professional-advisory board as of June 1, 2018. She is also nominated for its board of directors. Dr. Harrison is a U.S. physician of family medicine, psychiatry, and obstetrics with international stature. From 2006 to the present, Dr. Harrison directs Childlife Preserve Shishur Sevay, which she founded. […]By: Evander Lomke
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 […]By: Evander Lomke
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 […]By: Evander Lomke
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. There’s an ongoing epidemic of Youth Violence. The American Mental Health Foundation […]By: Evander Lomke
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 […]By: Evander Lomke
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 […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
(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 […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
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 […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
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 […]By: Evander Lomke
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 […]By: Evander Lomke
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 […]By: Evander Lomke
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 […]By: Evander Lomke
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 […]By: Evander Lomke
The American Mental Health Foundation is delighted to announce Alexis Tomarken, MSW, PhD, has joined its professional advisory board. Dr. Tomarken is a psychologist in private practice in New York City and a supervisor in the clinical-psychology doctoral program at Long Island University (LIU). Over recent years, Dr. Tomarken has trained as a psychoanalytic candidate in the […]By: Evander Lomke
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.By: Evander Lomke