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Vincent Academy, facility to help those with mental illness, opens Friday

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 more »

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At 75, Dale Chihuly discusses struggles with mental health

June 11, 2017

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 more »

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Illness is “mental,” cure is holistic

March 23, 2017

During panel discussion, mental health experts home in on recovery By Carrie Seidman carrie.seidman@heraldtribune.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 more »

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Experts: Support key to treating mental illness

Patience and empathy are bedrock of programs By Zach Murdock zach.murdock@heraldtribune.com 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 more »

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Mental illness exhibit aims to eliminate stigma through art

March 7, 2017

By Elizabeth Djinis Herald-Tribune Staff Writer March 5, 2017 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 more »

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