"Elyn Saks: Making Peace with Mental Illness"
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Elyn Saks: Making Peace with Mental Illness

This two-part show covers Elyn Saks' keynote talk at the June 2017 Mental Health and Law Enforcement Conference in Portland. Saks is a Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the USC Gould School of Law; Director of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics. Saks received her JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in psychoanalytic Science from the New Center for Psychoanalysis. Saks writes extensively in the area of law and mental health, having published five books and more than fifty articles and book chapters. Her research has included the ethical dimensions of psychiatric research and forced treatment of people with mental illness. Her talk which includes excerpts from her memoir, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, describes her struggles with schizophrenia and her managing to craft a good life for herself in the face of a dire prognosis. An inspiring story!

Overall the conference included twelve interactive sessions featuring legal, clinical and experiential experts. This show was taped by PC Peri and produced by Barb Greene with editing assistance from Dan Handelman.

Streaming made possible by Mental Health Association of Portland.

Part 1 (28:27):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 1:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Schizophrenia is a relational illness
  3. 1:55: Developing mental illness in Oxford, UK
  4. 6:38: Yale Law School, psychosis and forced care in America
  5. 12:20: Political dimensions of schizophrenia
  6. 13:40: The centrality of relationship to healing
  7. 23:04: Capgras syndrome / End Credits

Part 2 (28:05):

For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are:

Part 2:

  1. 0:00: Opening Credits
  2. 1:15: Capgras Syndrome continued
  3. 2:20: My relationship with my mental illness and meds
  4. 10:45: Accident and arrest
  5. 11:25: Advocates and conference organizers- thank you
  6. 12:48: Q: Why less paid peer staff in mental health vs. addiction services?
  7. 15:43: Q: How do you avoid obesity and metabolic syndrome?
  8. 17:28: Q: What combination of factors held your recovery?
  9. 22:47: Criminalization of mental illness/mental health courts
  10. 25:08: Q: How influential is least restrictive environment?
  11. 26:20: End Credits
You can use these times to find a particular section if you want to jump to a certain portion of the show.

The whole show (VB #105.01&-02) is available for a donation of $11 (DVD/VHS) plus $4 postage and is streaming on line at our full shows You Tube channel.

Also see:
Police at Mental Health Crises: Help or Hindrance?
from the same conference.

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