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Hartwick talk to explore mental illness

The Daily Star - 3/13/2018

March 13--Four speakers will offer perspectives on combating the stigma of mental illness at the 2018 O'Connor Chair Lecture to be presented Wednesday by the Hartwick College Department of Nursing.

The lecture is free and open to the public in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The series endowed by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation brings notable speakers on health and nursing-related themes to the college each spring and fall. This year's topic this year was developed by senior nursing students and Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Virginia DelBusto-Cohen.

Lt. Col. Andy Kaufmann will speak about mental health and mental illness within the military population, and alternative methods in helping manage mental illness. Kaufmann is a retired U.S. Army Officer who served for more than 20 years with multiple deployments as a medic, and subsequently as an OH58D Kiowa Warrior Pilot around the world before being medically retired as a result of his injuries in 2009. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Air Medal. Kaufmann is also a Certified Equine Specialist and is on the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association Military Task Force Board.

Christy A. Coe will address legal aspects of mental health and the rights that those with mental illnesses are granted and denied. Coe is a principal attorney on the staff of the Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Third Judicial Department, an agency of the New York State Supreme Court, which provides legal services for people in mental health facilities or those alleged to be in need of that care. Coe attended St. John's University School of Law and attained a Master of Science in Bioethics from Union Graduate School/Icahn School of Medicine.

Suzi Landolphi is a guide at a privately-funded retreat for combat veterans, their families and first responders, Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia. She is one of the creators of its signature program, Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes, and had developed equine therapy models for post-traumatic growth and holistic wellness.

Dr. Malika Carter began as the first Chief Diversity Officer for the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in August 2017. She has more than 15 years of experience developing policies to eradicate stigma of mental illness, and was previously CDO for the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. SUNY ESF and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Syracuse have created a "CEOs Against Stigma" campaign with a mission of changing attitudes about mental health in the community and workplace.

Erin Jerome, staff writer, may be reached at (607) 441-7221, or at Follow her on Twitter at @DS_ErinJ .


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