Monthly Archives: May 2011

PsychOdyssey.net Supports NAMI Walks

On Saturday, May 21, 2011, NAMI Mercer (NJ) will conduct its annual “NAMI Walk”, a community event of families, friends, and supporters to promote awareness and raise funds to serve loved ones and family members in the maelstrom of mental … Continue reading

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New at PsychOdyssey Academy: The Legacy of Franco Basaglia

Italy was the first country to shut down all state psychiatric hospitals. In 1978, Italy enacted Law 180 that began the gradual dismantling of its mental hospitals. The leader of this movement was psychiatrist Franco Basaglia (1924-1980), superintendent of the … Continue reading

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New Online Book: A Mind That Found Itself

The father of the mental hygiene movement, Clifford Beers tells what it was like to be institutionalized at a time when mental illness received little attention or respect. A Mind That Found Itself is Beers’ own story, as one of … Continue reading

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New (Free) Online Book: Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions

The National Academies Press has published a prodigious resource from the Institute of Medicine about the state of health care for individuals with psychiatric disabilities and substance-abuse issues, entitled Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions. … Continue reading

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New Article: From Beauty to Despair: The Rise and Fall of the American State Hospital

From time to time PsychOdyssey comes across important information that sets the context for the work we do helping families navigate the maelstrom of mental illness. Here is just such an article, by Lawrence Osborn about the “tumultuous” 200 year … Continue reading

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