Find conference presentations sponsored or co-sponsored by Excellence, journal articles, and a selection of books. Watch this page for new research results; when one of our grantees delivers a project report, it is published here.
Grantee Reports & Publications
• Alternative National Treatment Guidelines Children, Michael J. Murphy, EdD
• Antipsychotic Medication for Schizophrenia Ineffective in the Long Term, Martin Harrow, MD
• Recovery from Schizophrenia, Martin Harrow, MD
• Bringing Open Dialogue to the U.S., Doug Ziedonis, MD
An international gathering at Yale University which reviewed new data generated over the last decade related to the treatment, course, and outcome of serious mental illnesses and the implications of these data for changing clinical practice in psychiatry. Co-sponsors included The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. | Symposium agenda
|The role of psychosocial interventions in promoting recovery | Larry Davidson, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video||What the antidepressant story tells us about recovery
David Healy, MD, FRC Psyc | Slides (PDF), Video
|Open Dialogue: The Advocates Experience – The Collaborative Pathway and Open Dialogue in Community-Based Flexible Supports | Christopher Gordon, MD | Slides (PDF), Video||Role of antipsychotic medications in the long-term treatment of psychosis, part II | Lex Wunderink MD, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video|
|Role of antipsychotic medications in the long-term treatment of psychosis, part I
Martin Harrow, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video
|Lessons we have learned from longitudinal research about what promotes recovery from psychosis | Courtenay Harding, PhD | Slides (PDF), Video|
Co-sponsorship of the Children’s Mental Health Summit, September 2012.
A national gathering in Syracuse, New York, with over 75 presentation documents. Co-sponsors included The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, It’s About Childhood and Family, Inc., The Gifford Foundation, Contact Community Services, Inc. and The David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics at Syracuse University.
Breggin, Peter. How and Why to Save Our Children from Psychiatric Drugs
Copeland, Mary Ellen. Building Self-Agency in Children
Leo, Jonathan & Lacasse, Jeffrey. Thinking Critically about the Mental Health Literature: Implications for Helping Professionals Working with Children
Pentz, Judith. Micronutrients in Clinical Care with Children/Teens
The second international summit (Chapel Hill, NC) was organized by Excellence with the goals of gathering and disseminating accurate information and helping to shift awareness. Participants presented the following discussion papers:
Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA), Ryan Melton, LPC, ACS, PhD (ABD)
Open Dialogue, Mary E. Olson, PhD
Outreach and Support Intervention Services (OASIS), Diana O. Perkins, MD, MPH
Healing the Body and Mind, Mark Foster, DO
Also discussed: Identifying Priorities for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for Serious Mental Illness. One of the investigators is past Foundation board member John Gilmore, M.D., UNC – Chapel Hill.
The first Excellence symposium (Portland, OR). An international gathering of mental health treatment professionals in response to Robert Whitaker’s shocking assessment of research on psychotropic drugs in his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic. We created discussion papers along four tracks: medication optimization, schizophrenia treatment, depression treatment and public policy:
Medication Optimization in the Service of Recovery
Guidelines for the Treatment of Schizophrenia
Effective Strategies for Positive Long-Term Outcomes in Depression
Protocol for Antidepressant Use
The Evidence Base for Antidepressants.
Medication Optimization: Public Policy & Administration
Moving Forward: Public Policy Recommendations
An emotionally riveting memoir, A Good Soldier perfectly captures the isolation and pain that can come from having a loved one with a mental illness.
When Ally Golden heads off to college, she breathes a sigh of relief; she is ready to discover herself, independent of her mother. However, this newfound freedom and several failed attempts at intimacy soon leave Golden feeling adrift. But even as she withdraws from the world, Golden feels an all-powerful emotional connection to the woman who raised her.
Moving into adulthood, Golden tries to envision a future in which she can begin her own family—as the mental decline of her mother reaches its lowest point. Will Golden be able to heal her relationship with her mother before it’s too late?
Golden’s raw honesty and stunning emotional insights will comfort anyone who has been on the chaotic and unpredictable journey with a mentally ill friend or family member.More Information
Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help.More Information
We need to face facts: psychiatric drugs don’t cure; they partially mask symptoms of mental illnesses—often at the cost of serious side-effects. Written for those who struggle with mental health issues and their loved ones, CHOICES IN RECOVERY demystifies the best non-drug therapies for every mental health diagnosis, from depression to schizophrenia, discussing their benefits, clinical evidence, and drawbacks.More Information
This beautifully written memoir traces Gayathri’s courageous thirty-year battle with the depression that consumed her from adolescence through marriage and a move to the United States. It was only after the birth of her first child, when her husband discovered her in the backyard “clawing the earth furiously with my bare hands, intent on digging a grave so that I could bury myself alive,” that she finally got the help she needed. After a stay in a psych ward she eventually found “the light within,” an emotional and spiritual awakening from the darkness of her tortured mind.More Information