The FoThe Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon entitled “Shades of Blue: Depressive Disorders in Adolescents and Young
Adults” honored Mike and Mary Wallace, Adam Lewis and Peter B. Lewis. The event featured a panel discussion by three
leading experts in the field of ment al health research, treatment, and public policy: Peter S. Jensen, M.D., Elizabeth A. Kastelic,
M.D. and Pete Earley.
$925,000 was raised to benefit Fountain House, the award-winning, 59 year old non-profit organization that provides housing,
employment, wellness and educational services to men, women and young adults with major mental illness. Through the holistic
model of support, Fountain House helps some 1,300 people each year regain their dignity, independence and health.
Mental illnesses usually strike individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood. All ages are
susceptible, but the young are especially vulnerable. What often results are years of lost productivity, schooling, and employment.
Seven to twelve million youth suffer from mental illness. Over 90% of teens who die by suicide suffer from mental illness.
2/3 of young people do not receive treatment. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15 - 19 year olds, following accidents
and homicide. Males are at a much higher risk for suicide - one female dies for every four males. Fore more information please