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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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The chief objects of the National Committee for Mental Hygiene are: (a) to work for the protection of the mental health of the public; (b) to help raise the standards of care for those threatened with nervous or mental disorder or actually ill; (c) to promote the study of mental disorders in all their forms and relations and to disseminate knowledge concerning their causes, treatment and prevention; (d) to obtain from every source, reliable data regarding conditions and methods of dealing with mental disorders; (e) to enlist the aid of the Federal Government so far as may seem desirable; (f) to co-ordinate the work of existing agencies and to help organize in each State in the Union an allied but independent Society for Mental Hygiene, similar to the existing Connecticut Society.


The members of the National Committee for Mental Hygiene as of the date May 1, 1910, are:


Mrs. Milo M. Acker, Hornell, N. Y., Trustee of the Willard State Hospital; Miss Jane Addams, Hull House, Chicago; President Edwin A. Alderman, University of Virginia; Ex-President James B. Angell, University of Michigan; Dr. Charles P. Bancroft, Superintendent, New Hampshire State Hospital, Concord, N. H.; Mr. Otto T. Bannard, New York City; Dr. Lewellys F. Barker, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. G. Alder Blumer, Superintendent, Butler Hospital, Providence, R. I.; Dr. George Blumer, Yale Medical School, New Haven, Connecticut; Professor Russell H. Chittenden, Director, Sheffield Scientific School; Dr. Owen Copp, Executive Officer, Massachusetts State Board of Insanity, Boston; Dr. Charles P. Emerson, Superintendent, Clifton Springs Sanitarium; President W. H. P. Faunce, Brown University; Dr. Henry B. Favill, Chicago; Miss Katherine S. Felton, San Francisco; Professor Irving Fisher, Yale University; Mr. Matthew C. Fleming, New York City; Mr. Horace Fletcher, New York City; Mr. Homer Folks, New York City; James, Cardinal Gibbons, Baltimore; President Arthur T. Hadley, Yale University; Major Henry L. Higginson, Boston; Dr. August Hoch, Director, Psychiatric Institute, Ward's Island, New York City; Professor William James, Cambridge, Massachusetts; President David Starr Jordan, Leiand Stanford Jr. University, Palo Alto, California; President Harry Pratt Judson, University of Chicago; Miss Julia C. Lathrop, Hull House, Chicago; Professor Morris Loeb, New York University; Mr. Marcus M. Marks, New York City; Mr. Lee Meriwether, St. Louis; Dr. Adolf Meyer, Director, Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, Johns Hopkins University; Mrs. Philip N. Moore, St. Louis; Dr. J. Montgomery Mosher, Albany, N. Y.; Ex-President Cyrus Northrop, University of Minnesota; Dr. Stewart Paton, Princeton, N.J.; Professor Francis G. Peabody, Harvard University; Mr. George Wharton Pepper, Philadelphia; Dr. Frederick Peterson, Columbia University; Mr. Henry Phipps, New York City; Mr. Gifford Pinchot, Washington, D. C.; Mr. Jacob Riis, New York City; President Jacob Gould Schurman, Cornell University; Dr. M. Alien Starr, Columbia University; Rev. Anson Phelps Stokes, Jr., Secretary, Yale University; Mr. Melville E. Stone, New York City; Judge Robert W. Tayler, United States District Court, Cleveland, Ohio; Mr. Sherman D. Thacher, Nordhoff, California; Rev. Henry van Dyke, D. D., Princeton University; Dr. Henry P. Walcott, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Dr. William H. Welch, Johns Hopkins University; Surgeon-general Wyman, Public Health and Marine Hospital Service, Washington, D. C.; President Benjamin Ide Wheeler, University of California, Berkeley, California; Mr. Robert A. Woods, South End House, Boston, Massachusetts.


The value of the work done during the past two years by members of the National and State organizations may best be proved by including in its entirety, as a part of this Postscript, the 1910 Prospectus of the Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene.




Copyrighted, 1910, by The Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene.




The chief objects of The Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene are: (a) to work for the protection of the mental health of the public; (b) to help raise the standards of care for those threatened with nervous or mental disorder or actually ill; (c) to become a permanent agency for education and betterment in this hitherto neglected field.




These objects the Society aims to accomplish in the following manner:


(1) By publishing and distributing information which will help overcome the prevailing ignorance regarding conditions and modes of living which tend to produce nervous and mental disorders. Popular articles on these disorders and the provisions for their management, written especially for the general public, which to-day is relatively ignorant of the subject of Mental Hygiene, will go far toward correcting mistaken ideas commonly held by laymen; and such knowledge widely spread will overcome many fears now ignorantly associated with nervous and mental disorders and the institutions provided for their treatment.

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