American Mental Health Foundation

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The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of individuals with emotional problems and advancing mental-health research. AMHF is established to organize educational seminars and to disseminate its knowledge.


The AMHF was chartered in 1924 and incorporated in New York State in 1954 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, so recognized by the U.S. federal government. Former Chairmen include Austrian author Hermann Broch and Richard Weil Jr. The current chairman is John P. Fowler (publisher of National Review).

The organization has maintained as part of its educational mission a dedication to diversity and making mental-health services available to everyone, regardless of culture, race, or sexual orientation. Former Director of Research Stefan de Schill pioneered in group psychotherapy, as well in advocacy for gay individuals when he took a position favoring LBJ aide Walter Jenkins, whose alleged homosexuality (the term used then) became a political issue.

An early affiliate and clinical supervisor was Otto Kauders.[1] In 1948, Stefan Sarkozy de Somogyi Schill was appointed research director, following a recommendation by AMHF Chairman at the time Hermann Broch (then of Princeton University), remaining so until his death on February 9, 2005.[2] The position of Executive Director was filled by Evander Lomke shortly after de Schill's death. In the 1960s, de Schill defended the LBJ aide Walter Jenkins during a Washington scandal.[3] As part of his work in group psychotherapy for AMHF, during the 1970s through the 1990s, de Schill co-edited (with Serge Lebovici), singly edited, as well as contributed to several books devoted to these modalities: The Challenge to Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (Jessica Kingsley, 1999) and The Challenge for Group Psychotherapy (International Universities Press, 1974). De Schill's work, under AMHF, has been issued in French (A la recherche de l'avenir, Presses Universitaires de France, 1999) German (Psychoanalytische Therapie in Gruppen, Klett, 1973), and Italian (Terapia psicoanalitica di gruppo, Feltrinelli Editore, 1980).

American Mental Health Foundation Books[edit]

Working with the Erich Fromm Estate and its literary executor, four posthumous books by Fromm have been reissued or issued by the publishing division of AMHF (American Mental Health Foundation Books) in 2010: The Pathology of Normalcy, Beyond Freud, The Heart of Man, and Revolution of Hope. Fromm writes in the neo-Freudian tradition on topics such as free will, the vulnerability of populations to dictators and fascism, the disruptive role of emerging technology on human personality and human nature—as well as the virtue of hope, which he saw as an antidote to the preceding conditions and portal to enlightenment.

AMHF supported the work of PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) authority Raymond B. Flannery Jr., clinical psychologist at Harvard Medical School, by publishing The Violent Person: Professional Risk Management Strategies for Safety and Care in 2009. This book has received notices in peer-reviewed journals.[4]

Working with Astor Services for Children & Families in 2012-15 AMHF responds to a need noted by Paul Gionfriddo[5]in the screening of 6,000 youth in a county-wide catchment area, to identify approximately 15 at-risk individuals who will receive a palliative-prevention treatment. The AMHF-Astor study will be issued in early 2016.

AMHF Books is also the publisher of Dr. Henry Kellerman on personality formation (2012), delusion (2015), individuals in institutional settings (2015), and the psychodynamics of group therapy (1979, 2015); PTSD expert Dr. James Campbell Quick (along with Drs. Joanne H. Gavin and David J. Gavin) was published by AMHF in 2013 on The Psychology of Personal Fulfillment for Women.

In addition to its seminars, AMHF offered its first interactive Webinars, by Jungian therapist Dr. Eric J. Green, in September and November, 2014, respectively, on the subjects of play therapy and crisis counseling with children.

American Mental Health Foundation Books is distributed by Lantern. William Van Ornum, clinical psychologist and Fellow of the American Psychological Association (FAPA), is on the professional advisory board.[6][7] The current President and Executive Director of AMHF is Evander Lomke.[8]

Selected publications by AMHF Books[edit]

Gavin, J. H., Quick, J. C., and Gavin, D. J. (2013). Live Your Dreams, Change the World: The Psychology of Personal Fulfillment for Women

Kellerman, H. (2012). Personality: How It Forms

Flannery, R. B. Jr. (1998, 2012). The Assaulted Staff Program (ASAP)


  1. ^ "Unübertragbarkeit alter Impfmalariastämme durch Anophelen - Springer". 1924-11-01. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Paid Notice - Deaths DE SCHILL, STEFAN - Paid Death Notice -". New York Times. 2005-02-13. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  3. ^ [ Displaying Abstract ] (2012-06-10). "Jenkins Defended By Mental Group - Article - Nytimes.Com". Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  4. ^ ""the Violent Person" | New England Psychologist". 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  5. ^ Gionfriddo, Paul (2012-10-16). "Health, Science & Environment". The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ "Faculty for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences: Marist College". Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  7. ^ Published: September 07, 1997 (1997-09-07). "William Van Ornum - New York Times". Retrieved 2013-03-02. 
  8. ^ The New York Public Library (2009-11-10). "CD Collins, Elizabeth J. Coleman, Evander Lomke | The New York Public Library". Retrieved 2013-03-02. 

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