By Barbara Peters Smith | Posted Sep 6, 2017 at 9:00 PM
As a yearlong project leveraging journalism and artwork to give people with mental illness a voice in this community — along with a face and a name — is nearing its close, participants met Wednesday to discuss how those voices can continue to be heard.
“FACEing Mental Illness: The Art of Acceptance” was the work of Herald-Tribune staff writer Carrie Seidman, supported by a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism. The project had Read More
By Andy Cope | Published August 25, 2017
It’s no secret that low-level disruption, burnout, anxiety, absence and mental health problems affecting staff and pupils alike are on the rise.
A 2016 Education Support Partnership (ESP) survey suggested 84% of teachers have suffered from mental health problems at some point over the last two years. A 2017 report by the Children’s Commissioner for England also found that 580,000 young people – equivalent to the population of the city of Manchester – are Read More
By Carrie Seidman for the Herald-Tribune
Vincent Academy will offer vocational training, job placement and support
SARASOTA COUNTY — More than 10 years ago, Joan Geyer was forced to close the Palm Club, a fledgling nonprofit she’d started almost single-handedly in a tiny two-bedroom bungalow to help individuals with mental illness recover and reintegrate in the community through employment.
As crushed as she was by the failure to garner the support necessary to go on, the hardest part of the closure was Read More
By Gene Johnson, Associated Press
SEATTLE – The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his long obsession with collecting. Sheets of stamps cover one table; pocket knives are marshaled on another. Carnival-prize figurines from the first half of the 20th century line shelves that reach the ceiling.
Amid the ordered clutter, some items hint at more than Chihuly’s eclectic tastes: a long row of Ernest Hemingway titles in one bookcase, and in another an entire wall devoted to Vincent Read More
During panel discussion, mental health experts home in on recovery
By Carrie Seidman email@example.com March 20, 2017
When Francine Nowotny’s illness was at its zenith, she had the delusion that by eating or drinking anything, she would be allowing “the devil to go inside of me.” After two weeks of taking in no food or even water, she was so weak and dehydrated she was admitted to the hospital. Even then, she fought every attempt of the medical staff Read More
Patience and empathy are bedrock of programs
By Zach Murdock firstname.lastname@example.org March 18, 2017
SARASOTA — Treating those with mental illness is incredibly complicated yet very, very simple, a panel of local experts agreed on Friday night.
The tie that binds jail diversion programs to supportive housing to employment training to family counseling services is that support, patience and empathy that are the bedrock of the more nuanced and sophisticated programs available to those with a Read More