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A Mind That Found Itself: An Autobiography

Creator: Clifford Whittingham Beers (author)
Date: 1910
Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co., New York
Source: Available at selected libraries

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Any member of the Society who in any one year gives an amount in excess of the stipulated dues of $2.00 shall be known as a Sustaining Member.




A person who is ineligible for membership, or one who may not desire to qualify as a member, who gives an amount equal to at least the stipulated Annual Dues of $2.00 shall be known as a Contributor.




Any person, whether eligible for membership or not, who gives at one time not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100) shall be known as a Patron, and if the donation amounts to or exceeds Five Hundred Dollars ($500) he shall be known as a Benefactor. Both Patrons and Benefactors shall be exempt from the payment of dues.




Bequests, and money received from a Patron or Benefactor, will be placed in the Endowment Fund at the request of the donor, or if so voted by the Board of Directors of the Society.


The Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene was founded May 6, 1908, and was incorporated July 17, 1908.




President, Dr. George Blumer, New Haven; Vice-Presidents, Hon. Costello Lippitt, Norwich; Governor Frank B. Weeks, Middletown; Treasurer, Mr. W. Perry Curtiss, New Haven; Executive Committee, Dr. Henry S. Noble, Chairman, Middletown; Mr. Lewis H. English, New Haven; Dr. Henry M. Pollock, Norwich; Dr. George H. Knight, Lakeville; Mr. Charles G. Sanford, Bridgeport; Judge L. P. Waldo Marvin, Hartford; Dr. W. N. Thompson, Hartford; Clifford W. Beers, Executive Secretary, 39 Church Street, New Haven, Connecticut.




Mr. Max Adier; Professor William B. Bailey; Mrs. Thomas G. Bennett; Mr. James Kingsley Blake; Dr. George Blumer; Hon. Charles F. Brooker; Dr. John L. Buel; Mr. Henry S. Chase; Dr. Benjamin H. Cheney; Major Louis R. Cheney; Professor Russell H. Chittenden; Mr. W. Perry Curtiss; Dr. A. Ross Diefendorf; Dr. Charles A. Dinsmore, D.D.; Mr. John I. H. Downes; Dr. Timothy Dwight, D.D.; Dr. Gustavus Eliot; Mr. Lewis H. English; Professor Irving Fisher; Mr. J.Edward Heaton; Mr. Everett G. Hill; Mr. William T. HKncks; Mr. William J. Hoggson; Mr. Thomas Hooker; Dr. George H. Knight; Hon. Costello Lippitt; Professor Thomas R. Louns-bury; Judge L. P. Waldo Marvin; Judge A. McC. Mathewson; Hon. George P. McLean; Mr. James T. Moran; Dr. Henry S. Noble; Dr. S. B. Overlock; Dr. Henry M. Pollock; Mr. Alfred Atmore Pope; Dr. Henry W. Ring; Mr. Charles G. Sanford; Mr. Arthur L. Shipman; Dr. Frederick T. Simpson; Rev. Anson Phelps Stokes, Jr.; Mr. Horace D. Taft; Dr. Whitefield N. Thompson; Col. Rutherford Trowbridge; Mr. Howard B. Tuttle; Mr. Victor Morris Tyier; Col. Isaac M. Ullman; Mr. George C. Waldo; Hon. Thomas M. Waller; Hon. Frank B. Weeks; Mr. John H. Whittemore.


Soon after the 1910 Prospectus of the Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene was published, the following circular letter which should interest those who desire detailed information regarding work in Social Service was issued.


"Our 1910 Prospectus, a copy of which was recently sent you, contained a general description of Social Service work, -- the chief activity of this Society. We now submit an account of a few specific instances of help given by our Social Service Committee to persons in need of advice and assistance. This we do with the hope of enlisting your support as a member of the Society. (Annual Dues $2.) If we are to make our plan for Social Service completely effective, we must at once increase our membership.


"No. 1. A man of middle age who, though an expert accountant, had great difficulty in securing work after his discharge from a State Hospital, applied for aid. He was one of the many thousand in this country who became insane through an excessive use of alcohol. Though he secured one position after his discharge from the hospital, he lost it through his habit of intemperance. Friendly advice and pecuniary assistance were given him and as a result, he voluntarily abandoned the use of alcoholic beverages. With the assistance of the Society, he secured a position as book-keeper and has since repaid the loan made for the purchasing of necessary clothing and for the defraying of expenses incurred in securing a position. A quotation from a recent letter will show how greatly he has appreciated the Society's assistance: 'I had expected to be able with the last payment to enclose two dollars that might be used to aid some one handicapped as I was. I have not had the surplus, but will send it in a week or so.' The promised contribution was received soon afterwards.


"The rehabilitation of this discouraged and handicapped man demonstrates the value of Social Service work. In all probability, he would have suffered a relapse and been re-committed to a State Hospital, had he not been helped to a condition of self-support and, at the same time, been convinced that he must treat alcohol as a poison if he hoped to remain in possession of his mental health and liberty.


"No. 2. It is not generally known that Social Service work can be made to benefit the relatives of patients whose condition is such that they must spend the remainder of their lives in hospitals for the insane. A striking instance of these benefits may best be presented by quoting, with the writer's permission, part of a letter recently received by the Executive Secretary of this Society:

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