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American Mental Health Foundation

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The American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) is a charitable not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization (NGO) which focuses on providing mental health care.


AMHF was organized in 1924 and incorporated in New York State on December 31, 1954.[1]

Contemporary activities[edit]

From 2012 to 2014, AMHF responded to a need, noted by Paul Gionfriddo,[2] for the screening of several thousand youth in a county-wide catchment area. The organization collaborated with Astor Services for Children & Families to identify approximately fifteen at-risk individuals who would receive a palliative prevention treatment.[citation needed]

In the summer of 2014, AMHF embarked on a research project with Pearson Assessment to measure older individuals within the serious to profound range of intellectual disabilities for behavioral changes. Such a test would be in the mode of the existing Wechsler, Vineland, and Bayley Scales and have wide-ranging applications.[citation needed] As of 2024, AMHF awaits further funding to continue. The findings of the AMHF 2-year study with Astor Services for Children & Families were issued in April 2016.[citation needed]

On April 10, 2016, in a letter published by the New York Times, Evander Lomke of AMHF rebutted the medical practice of "growth attenuation" among young people with serious disabilities.[citation needed] In the same month, AMHF issued a monograph describing their two years of collaborative research with Astor Services for Children & Families regarding early signs of schizophrenia and other psychoses, and options for palliation or prevention. On March 27, 2017, Lomke placed an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle on AMHF's behalf, addressing the psychological dimensions of coping with fear, anxiety and social stress, and terrorism.[citation needed]

Select scholarly and professional publications[edit]

  • Flannery, R. B. Jr. (1998, 2012). The Assaulted Staff Program (ASAP).
  • Flannery, R. B. Jr. (2016). Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk.
  • Flannery, R. B. Jr. (2017). Coping with Anxiety in an Age of Terrorism
  • Flannery, R. B. Jr. (2022). Preventing Youth Violence Before It Begins
  • 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.
  • Kellerman, H. (2016). There's No Handle on My Door: Stories of Mental Patients in Mental Hospitals.
  • Kellerman, H. (2018). Psychotherapeutic Traction: Uncovering the Patient's Basic Wish and Power-Theme
  • Kellerman, H. (2021). The Origin of Language
  • Mary Nichols, Suzanne Button, Katherine Hoople, and Laura Lappan (2016). Early Identification, Palliative Care, and Prevention of Psychotic Disorders in Children and Youth (monograph of AMHF 2-year study).


  1. ^ https://americanmentalhealthfoundation.org/
  2. ^ Gionfriddo, Paul (2012-10-16). "Health, Science & Environment". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2013-11-29.

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