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SICHA: Mental Health & Faith with Stephen Fried
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SICHA: Mental Health & Faith with Stephen Fried

November 28 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

From the late 1700s—when Dr. Benjamin Rush first explained that mental illness and addiction were medical conditions, and not failures of religious belief or will—until today, faith communities have struggled to know how best to address brain diseases among their congregants. Bestselling author Stephen Fried, a longtime member of BZBI, will discuss these issues based on his recent book on mental health politics, A Common Struggle, which he wrote with Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and his new biography of the founding father of American mental health care, Dr. Benjamin Rush. Besides exploring history and challenges, he will offer ideas that our congregation can immediately consider to improve the way it supports members with mental illness and addiction.

This lecture will be followed by a book signing. His new biography Rush: Revolution, Madness and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father, and A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction, which he co-wrote with Patrick Kennedy, will both be available for purchase.

Stephen Fried is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author who teaches at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania. He is, most recently, the author of the historical biography Appetite for America, and the coauthor, with Congressman Patrick Kennedy, of A Common Struggle. His earlier books include the biography Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia and the investigative books Bitter Pills and The New Rabbi. A two-time winner of the National Magazine Award, Fried has written frequently for Vanity Fair, GQ, The Washington Post Magazine, Rolling Stone, Glamour, and Philadelphia Magazine. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, author Diane Ayres.


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