In 1944, the world-recognized Fountain House was a small group of people with mental illnesses who formed their own support group. Back then, the group was called “We Are not Alone,” but the organization took on another name after the group purchased a building with a fountain in front of it.

Since then, Fountain House expanded upon the founders’ mission. It’s no longer just about supporting those with mental illnesses; it’s about improving their overall quality of life. Fountain House covers everything from ensuring people have a place to live and work to giving the opportunities to continue their education if they want. They also give them a chance to work within a supportive community.

The biggest obstacle Fountain House has to overcome is the stigma around mental illness. Even in today’s progressive society, people’s perception of mental illness remains greatly negative. Fountain House also wants to spread the values of their organization to other organizations around the world. They hope to set the international model for mental health recovery.

To that end, Fountain House held the world’s first mental health-oriented conference last year. The Healthier Longer Liver for People with Serious Mental Illnesses conference attracted more than 300 mental health experts and allowed Fountain House to partner with the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Global Mental Health.

The World Health Organization has been monitoring mental illnesses for years and as the numbers staggered higher, such a conference was well overdue. According to the World Health Organization, a full one-fourth of people globally will struggle with mental illness at some point.

As Fountain House turns its attention more internationally, it leaves local awareness to people like Jeremy Goldstein. Jeremy Goldstein is an expert executive compensation and corporate governance attorney. He’s the most qualified lawyer at his firm and has worked on every major corporate transaction his firm’s been involved in over the last 10 years.

Jeremy Goldstein helps Fountain House as a chair member, but primarily by hosting his famous wine dinners on the Nomad Hotel Roofdeck. He held two wine dinners last year and raised more than $60,000 for Fountain House initiatives. This year’s fundraising will go toward similar programs and aid Fountain House is fighting the global stigma that still surrounds persons with mental health issues.

The fabulous gala is expected to make nearly as much money, as each ticket is USD 5,000; the primary goal of the dinner is to raise more awareness.

 

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