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November 3, 2017

By Gayle Guynup Social editor

Posted Oct 28, 2017 at 10:25 AM | Updated Nov 2, 2017 at 5:05 PM

Every year, nearly 42.5 million American adults — that is one in five of all Americans — suffer from some form of mental illness, everything from depression to bipolar disorder to schizophrenia. In our community alone, more than 60,000 people live with some form of mental illness.

Yet despite those alarming numbers, mental illness remains shrouded in mystery. We don’t understand it, we do fear those who suffer from it and, as a Read More

    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 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

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