Links to things we referenced in the show!
Broadway Housing Communities
From the episode: "And many of the results that you see in Geel: a sense of belonging, a sense of community, patient's symptoms getting better - are happening in these buildings – which by the way are called Broadway Housing Communities."
Drain Wig Commercial
From the episode: "So they began refining their solution, searching for the best materials that could reliably catch hair... and they finally settled on a name they liked – THE DRAIN WIG – they got a patent and just this fall they entered into that distinctly American landscape of infomercials."
"Expressed Emotions" Study
From the episode: "Its almost like this law of the land – and in fact this effect is called the "law of expressed emotion," the more you express these emotions, the more likely the person you are thinking about will suffer."
Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity
Madness in Civilization, by Andrew Scull, traces the long and complex history of mental disturbance and our attempts to treat it. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Madness in Civilization takes readers from antiquity to today, painting a vivid and often harrowing portrait of the different ways that cultures around the world have interpreted and responded to the seemingly irrational, psychotic, and insane. From the Bible to Sigmund Freud, from exorcism to mesmerism, from Bedlam to Victorian asylums, from the theory of humors to modern pharmacology, the book explores the manifestations and meanings of madness, its challenges and consequences, and our varied responses to it. It also looks at how insanity has haunted the imaginations of artists and writers and describes the profound influence it has had on the arts, from drama, opera, and the novel to drawing, painting, and sculpture.
Voices of Hope for Mental Illness: Not Against, With
We hear about inadequate mental health care. We ask questions regarding a link between mental illness and violence. We do NOT hear as much about the stigma of mental illness that complicates one's ability to cope with a diagnosis that becomes a label, resulting in "self-stigma,"discouraging individuals from seeking and/or complying with treatment. Too often community members only "experience" mental illness through dramatic or dire media stories that fail to inform us about the real world of mental illness. Thus, stigma feeds, and is fed by, myths and misunderstandings leading to a community sense of hopelessness and fear of mental illness. In contrast, Geel, a stigma-free community in Belgium, has a centuries' old history of accepting those with mental illness – even as boarders in their own homes. Geel acknowledges the human needs of those with mental illness and responds to those needs by providing social opportunities and meaningful work, within the community While the U.S. does not have the same history as Geel, we do have programs that offer a fostering environment, offering hope for those with a diagnosis of mental illness as well as for the communities in which they live. In a language and style that can be understood by anyone and everyone, author Jackie Goldstein shares what she's learned and experienced regarding tolerance and inclusion – in Geel and in our own country – offering individuals and communities an opportunity to hear the encouraging "voices of hope for mental illness." When the general population is freed of myths and misunderstandings regarding mental illness, we can focus on mental health fostered by community care that thrives in "caring communities."