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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to speak at Regis about her book on the mental health crisisNovember 1, 2010
Within Our Reach details avenues toward ending the mental health crisis
Weston, MA. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will speak about her recent book, Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis (NY: Rodale, 2010), on November 8 at 4 p.m. in the Atrium of the Fine Arts Center at Regis College in Weston. The event will also include a book signing and is free and open to the public.
Drawing upon her more than 35 years as a mental health advocate, Carter describes a system that continues to fail those in need, even though recent scientific breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses have the potential to help most people lead normal lives. Mrs. Carter was assisted in the writing of the book by Kathryn E. Cade, who serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston.
Following Mrs. Carter’s remarks, she will discuss today’s critical issues in mental health with Mary Jane England, MD, President of Regis College. Dr. England, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, was the first Commissioner of the Department of Social Services in Massachusetts, associate dean at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and CEO of the Washington Business Group on Health. She is a nationally recognized leader in the campaign for mental health parity and health care reform as well as a member of Mrs. Carter’s Task Force on Mental Health at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA.
“Decades ago on various political campaigns,” said Dr. England, “Mrs. Carter learned about the lack of help for the mentally ill and the stigma affecting them. This motivated her to help. Our institutional systems still seem to fail, especially in regard to the care of children, the placement of the mentally ill in prison, and the stigma suffered by members of the military who become ill,” England continued, “yet Mrs. Carter finds hope in new scientific knowledge, the passage of mental health parity, and the effectiveness of recovery and wellness movements. We look forward to hearing her perspectives on all of the issues.”
Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 17 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, health product regulation, nursing, public administration, and radiology, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The College is listed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.
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