We were lucky to have Andrew Solomon as a panelist at Friday’s Honest Look at Mental Illness Forum. Leading up to the event, we told anyone who would listen that he was going to be a phenomenal panelist. He’s scary smart and has an uncanny ability to speak in fully formed, thesis-like paragraphs. Many in the audience discovered him that evening and told us how struck they were by his intelligence, compassion and articulate thoughts and stories.
In our latest Forum video (linked below) Solomon speaks about how and why we feel the need to classify violent people and acts as “crazy,” giving a short preview of the insights he gathered in profiling Peter Lanza, Newtown shooter Adam Lanza’s Father, for The New Yorker.
In the days after The Forum, The New Yorker released Solomon’s latest article, an exclusive feature on Peter Lanza. Solomon’s piece is a result of many conversations with Lanza; he is the only reporter to have had such extensive access and this article is the first we’ve heard from Lanza’s father.
This past week Solomon has been, it seems, just about everywhere. He’s appeared on The Today Show, Katie with Katie Couric, BBC America, NPR Fresh Air and so much more.
"Consider: • Physical injuries such as concussions and knee injuries draw routine and widespread..."
• Physical injuries such as concussions and knee injuries draw routine and widespread study by doctors and researchers, yet a dearth of information about athletes and mental illnesses exists.
• Though more than 450,000 students competed in college sports in 2011-12, no hard data are being collected on how many athletes are coping with psychological concerns.
• Athletic departments handle psychological concerns in very different ways, and at many schools, mental health resources are downright sparse when compared to those dedicated to the physical health of the athletes. Many athletic programs have medical staffs of more than a dozen people, yet fewer than 25 Division I athletic departments have a full-time licensed mental health practitioner on staff.”
An exploration of mental health issues in college athletics.
Read the entire article, here.
A powerful “Grantland” documentary chronicling the day of the 2012 NBA draft through the eyes of a potential draft pick, Royce White, who talks openly about his generalized anxiety disorder.
Royce will be a panelist at the March 7 Forum, An Honest Look at Mental Illness.
"My assortment of neuroses may be idiosyncratic, but my general condition is hardly unique. Anxiety..."
From the Atlantic's compelling December cover story on anxiety by Scott Stossel.
Read the entire piece here.
Do you think 6 hours, or even 24 hours, is enough time to diagnose and/or treat mental illness?
Do you think that you should have to sign your child over to DCF to extend their stay in a psychiatric hospital for more than 3 days?
These are questions that shouldn’t have to be asked, but point to a system totally and frighteningly unprepared for treating mental illness.
Some things are NOT better left unspoken.
We will talk about these issues raised in the compelling 60 Minutes piece - and so much more - at An Honest Look at Mental Illness on March 7.