Schizophrenia and I: My Struggles with Mental Illness

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William James College

1 Wells Avenue

Newton, MA 02459

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Please join us for a discussion with mental health law expert, Professor Elyn R. Saks.

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Professor Elyn R. Saks is Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould Law School, an expert in mental health law, and a “genius” MacArthur Foundation Fellowship winner. She used the MacArthur award to establish the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, which highlights one key mental health issue each academic year as a collaborative effort among seven USC departments She earned her Master of Letters from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar before earning her law degree at Yale Law School where she edited the Yale Law Review. Professor Saks lives with schizophrenia and has written about her experience with the illness in her award-winning best-selling autobiography, The Center Cannot Hold (2007). She gave an acclaimed TED Talk (2012) about her experiences with schizophrenia and her remarkable journey living with the illness. Professor Saks holds that "there's a tremendous need to implode the myths of mental illness, to put a face on it, to show people that a diagnosis does not have to lead to a painful and oblique life" and that "illness of any kind need not define an individual.” She has been a pioneer and advocate for a holistic approach to severe mental illness that includes "medication (usually), therapy (often), a measure of good luck (always) — and, most of all, the inner strength to manage one's demons, if not banish them" along with strengths that persons with severe mental illness identify for themselves including love, forgiveness, faith in God, a lifelong friendship.

Light hors d'oeuvres to be served.

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