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Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon
05/04/2009 - By The Pierre

Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon

More than 500 guests gathered for the sixth annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon on May 4, 2009, at the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre in New York City.

Entitled “Invisible Wounds: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” the event honored ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and his wife, author Lee Woodruff, with the Fountain House Humanitarian Award for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of US veterans, especially those suffering from the hidden wounds of war, such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Mr. Woodruff has made a spectacular recovery from life-threatening injuries he sustained in 2006, when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle as he was reporting on US and Iraqi security forces.
The symposium featured a panel discussion by leading experts in the fields of mental health research, treatment, and public policy: Marylene Cloitre, PhD; C.A. (Andy) Morgan III, MD, MA; and Nancy Venable Raine, author of After Silence: Rape and My Journey Back. Consuelo Mack, managing editor and anchor of “Consuelo Mack WealthTrack,” served as Master of Ceremonies.

The event’s Chairs were Patricia Begley, Lorna Hyde Graev, Alexandra A. Herzan, and Anne Mai. The Program Chair was Lynn Nicholas, PsyD. Also on hand were The Honorable Robert A. Antonioni, Glenn Close, and US Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, Honorary Chairs.

Fountain House, founded in 1948 by former psychiatric patients of Rockland State Hospital, is the world’s leading provider of rehabilitation services for men, women, and young adults living with major mental illness. Through its renowned holistic model of support, replicated in more than 400 locations in 30 countries and 32 states, Fountain House helps 1,300 people annually in finding a home, returning to school, re-entering the workplace, and re-establishing connections to family, friends, and the larger community. The annual Symposium and Luncheon was founded to advance community knowledge about mental illness and to reduce the associated stigma.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is the only mental illness viewed by mental health professionals as directly caused by an external, traumatic event, such as rape, torture, terrorism, domestic abuse, and child physical and sexual abuse, as well as combat. Although PTSD has received significant media coverage due to its prevalence among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the frequency of trauma among civilians is less well-recognized: More than half of American men and women experience catastrophic stress during their lives, and millions will develop PTSD, making it a major health problem in the US.

Among the attendees were: Courtney Arnot, Debbie Bancroft, Deeda Blair, Cornelia Bregman, Katherine Bryan, Dr. Robert Cancro, Barbara de Portago, Rebecca de Kertanguy, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Gail Gilbert, Mark Gilbertson, Sharon Handler, Kirk Henckels, Dr. Jimmie Holland, Mariana Kaufman, Payne Middleton, Peggy and Marne Obernauer, Elizabeth Peabody, Pauline Pitt, Ann and John Pyne, Ann Rapp, Emilia Saint-Amand, Sydney Shuman, Topsy Taylor, Laurie Tisch, Peggy and Cyrus Vance, Jr, Lis and Richard Waterman, and Denise Wohl.

To learn more about Fountain House, please visit: www.fountainhouse.org.

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