From the Publisher – There are “No Old Topics” When it Comes to Mental Health Education

I was recently asked “Why do you keep revisiting the same old topics over again in Mental Health News?” I did not have a cute or definitive answer at the moment. However, as I sit here writing this column, I am convinced that it is because you can never cover a good topic often enough. Each...

My Return from the Darkness of Schizophrenia – An Interview with Susan Weinreich

Susan Weinreich is an award-winning artist whose work has won acclaim around the world. For close to 40 years she endured a heroic journey through the darkness of schizophrenia. Her story has become an inspiration to many and she has become an advocate for people with mental illness. Mental Health...

From the Publisher – The Economy’s Impact on People and Community Services

As we all watched on TV and felt firsthand when we pay our monthly bills, we have been in the midst of an economic meltdown not seen since the Depression of the 1930’s. The Stock Market tanked, the housing market crashed, foreclosures reached all-time highs, and many people lost their homes and...

From the Publisher – Some Essentials on Surviving a Mental Illness During and Following Hospitalization

I am very pleased that we are addressing the topic Providing Essential Care and Services Following Psychiatric Hospitalization in this issue of Mental Health News. I want to thank the many people and organizations who helped make this issue possible. According to the National Alliance on Mental...

From the Publisher – From the Depths of Despair to a Mission of Advocacy

I sensed that I was flat on my back in a moving vehicle, but not much more. My sleeve was being rolled up and I felt a familiar pumping up pressure on my upper arm. Someone was taking my vital signs. From the cold gurney, I heard the rear doors of the ambulance open and a warm blast of air surround...