Dr. Elizabeth Ford to present the Mental Health Awareness Lecture

September 28, 2017

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Dr. Elizabeth Ford, author and psychiatrist will present the Mental Health Awareness Lecture at the University of Mount Union at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 5. Prior to her lecture, Ford will be available for a book signing at 6:30 p.m. of her recent publication, Sometimes Amazing Things Happen. The lecture will be held in Newbold room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

Ford is currently the Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services for New York City’s Health and Hospitals and a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine.

In her book, Sometimes Amazing Things Happen, Ford retells her experiences of working with at-risk patients at the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward. Located in New York City, Bellevue is a maximum-security hospital and in-patient psychiatric unit for the inmates in the NYC jail system. Ford’s memoir tells stories of friendship, redemption, joy and is also a story of institutional failure with there being 300,000 mentally ill patients in prisons and jails that are neither staffed nor equipped to handle them. Above all, this is a captivating memoir which proves that sometimes amazing things happen.

The annual Mental Health Awareness Lecture is coordinated by Dr. Tamara Daily, professor of psychology at the University of Mount Union. Funded by the department of psychology, neuroscience, and human development, the purpose of the lecture is to raise awareness about mental health issues on campus and in the wider community and reduce stigma associated with mental illness and its treatment. Past speakers include; Pete Earley, Alison Malmon, Randye Kaye, and Jeff Bell who are all well-known speakers in the mental health community.

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