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Exploring Mental Health

Summer Solstice 2022

Exploring Mental Health

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 5:30PM

The 11th Annual David Cutler Conservatory Exploring Mental Health Series

Featured Speaker Phyllis Vine

Author of Fighting for Recovery, An Activists' History of Mental Health Reform and President of the Board of Directors of Gould Farm

Hors d'oeuvres and wine reception at 5:30

Program promptly at 6:15 pm

Glidden House * 1901 Ford Drive * Cleveland, Ohio


Contact Audrey Katzman at 440-247-0912 or

Join Hopewell and Phyllis Vine to learn more about Fighting for Recovery. Her book reveals how grassroots activists challenged medical authority and popular opinion to insist upon recovery for people managing a mental illness. Since the middle of the last century, people with a lived experience have upended conventional beliefs that deterioration was inevitable. With an abiding pursuit of choice, they opposed the use of force and built a movement with innovative service options. They focused on person-centered needs, the development of skills with respect for strengths, and situated their work within broad-based fights for equity and social justice.

After a successful twenty-year career teaching college-level history, Phyllis resigned her tenure at Sarah Lawrence College and undertook journalism training. Informed by a master’s degree in Public Health, she became a full-time writer and editor of a website hosting opinions and reader contributions about behavioral health, while aggregating news and information about mental illnesses. Partly due to her family's experience of mental illness in every generation, and partly because she taught the history of health care to graduate students studying health advocacy, writing about mental health is a natural byproduct of her life's journey.

Phyllis was a founding member of NAMI-New York State and served on the Carter Center’s annual Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Symposium. Presently she is the President of the Board of Directors of Gould Farm, the oldest farm-based residential treatment program for people with mental illness in the US.

If you are unable to attend, this program will be streamed live via Zoom. Please REGISTER HERE by October 5.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please contact Tim Bitting at with any questions.