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Mental Health Event Ideas

Speakers List

Whether you're the leader of a Student Pugwash chapter or a student interested in organizing a mental health event, you can benefit from the ideas below! Want to learn more about organizing Student Pugwash events on your campus?


A Beautiful Mind: From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. (Synopsis from the Internet Movie Database.)

Benny and Joon: A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton. (Synopsis from the Internet Movie Database.)

Frances: Jessica Lange gives a career performance in a role she was born to play: the talented and troubled Frances Farmer. Farmer's awful trajectory travels from bright Seattle girl to 1930s Hollywood starlet to degraded (eventually lobotomized) mental patient. (Synopsis from Amazon.)


West 47th Street: Life on the streets of New York City for the poor and homeless is an unforgiving struggle. For those who also battle mental illness, it is marked by the additional pressures of fear, isolation and misunderstanding. " West 47th Street" reveals the human face of mental illness — and the faith and courage with which its victims fight to recover control of their lives. (Synopsis from the Public Broadcasting Service.)


Suggested Speakers

  • Thomas Bornemann
    Director of the Mental Health Program
    The Carter Center (GA)
  • Ira Burnim
    Legal Director
    Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (D.C.)
  • Lisa Cosgrove
    Clinical and Research Psychologist; Assistant Professor
    University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Michael Friedman
    Director of the Center for Policy and Advocacy
    The Mental Health Associations of New York City and Westchester
  • John Gresham
    Senior Litigator
    New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • Beth Haroules
    Staff Attorney
    New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Kim Hopper
    Research Scientist; Assistant Professor
    Columbia University
  • Allan V. Horwitz
    Professor of Sociology
    Rutgers University
  • Kathryn McVicar
    Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediantrics
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Harold W. Neighbors
    Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education
    University of Michigan
  • Bernice Pescosolido
    Professor of Sociology
    Indiana University
  • Andrew Sperling
    Director Federal Legislative Advocacy
    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (D.C.)
  • Shankar Vendantam
    Staff Writer covering mental health
    The Washington Post
  • Otto Wahl
    Professor of Psychology
    University of Hartford (CT)