Monthly Archives: December 2011

New at “Remember…”: The Room of the Forgotten Souls

At long last, the decrepit 128 year old Oregon State Mental Hospital was slated for demolition. As the contractors prepared for their work, they came upon an astounding discovery: a forgotten storage room holding the cremated remains of nearly 3500 … Continue reading

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From New York: The Family Survival Handbook

When the crisis comes, there is never enough good information. Fortunately, there is a useful new tool from New York that should be in the hands of any New Yorkers in the maelstrom–and should be of interest to all. Published … Continue reading

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New at “Remember…”: Essay by Oliver Sacks: The Lost Virtues of the Asylum

There’s a new book on PsychOdyssey’s to-read list:  Asylum: Inside the Closed World of State Hospitals, by Christopher Payne, a compendium of essays and beautiful photographs of the melancholy, now abandoned structures that were once grand institutions. We look forward … Continue reading

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California To Overhaul Its State Hospitals

On December 7, 2011, the California Department of Mental Health announced a blueprint to establish the new Department of State Hospitals and reforms to the DMH structure designed to improve the mental hospital system in California. “We are making the … Continue reading

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New at “Remember…”: California Memorial Project

The California Memorial Project is a collaborative effort between the Peer/Self-Advocacy Unit at Protection & Advocacy, Inc., the California Network of Mental Health Clients, and Capital People First. People with developmental and mental disabilities share a common history at state … Continue reading

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New Article: Once Holistic Healers, Now Merely Drug Dispensers

For families of loved ones with severe mental illness, good psychiatry is critical to recovery success. But these days, a good psychiatrist is hard to find. The industry of psychiatry has dramatically changed. Gone of the days of relationship-based talk … Continue reading

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New Residential Treatment Facility: The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt

The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt is a premiere, self funded psychiatric setting operated by the Sheppard Pratt Health System, located in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD. The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt consists of one fourteen bed unit designed for patients seeking … Continue reading

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New at “Remember…”: Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital

Once a shining refuge on a hill for 10,000 patients (including, in the 1950s, folk singer Woody Guthrie), with legacy buildings and campus designed by the noted mental health reformer Thomas Kirkbride, Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains, NJ, … Continue reading

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New at “Laugh…”: David Granirer and Stand Up For Mental Illness

“I have depression. I was shy and withdrawn. Being in large groups scared me. And now here I am, doing stand-up comedy. In front of a live audience of all of you. Who good paid money to come and watch … Continue reading

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