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June 16, 2017

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 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 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

    SARASOTA — For Robin Snuttjer, creating a self-portrait through her medium of glass beads was a chance to experiment.

    While 45-year-old Snuttjer typically creates beads overlaid with designs, a face was a new challenge for her.

    “I hadn’t done faces before,” Snuttjer said. “I had to figure out what a sad face looked like.”

    The final product of her work became three different faces on blue, red and green beads, representing Read More


    This year, the members of the State University System Board of Governors voted unanimously to request a $14-million recurring annual state allocation to improve Mental Health Counseling Services at all state universities. The twelve state university presidents endorsed the request. Board of Governors’ members, for the most part very successful CEOs or managing directors, work hard to maximize taxpayer dollars devoted to higher education. University presidents loathe spending that does not enhance Read More

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