a.k.a. Clifford Whittingham Beers, Clifford W. Beers
Author Code: ACWB
Born: Mar. 30, 1876 - New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Died: Jul. 9, 1943 - New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Educated at the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale University, Beers graduated in 1897 and began a career in the insurance industry. Coming from a family that suffered from various mental maladies, Beers himself was institutionalized after a suicide attempt in 1900. Over the next three years he witnessed the inhuman treatment of mental patients and became determined to reform the system. In 1908, he published A Mind That Found Itself, an autobiographical study of his years in confinement, and which raised the public awareness to the problems of mental treatment. The medical community praised the work and William James endorsed the work of Beers. That same year, Beers founded the Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene. In 1909, he helped to organize the National Committee for Mental Hygiene and served as its secretary for the next 30 years until his retirement. In 1928, he helped to establish the American Foundation for Mental Hygiene and organized the International Congress on Mental Health in 1930. In 1933, he received a special award from the National Institute of Social Science for his achievements. The Clifford Beers Clinic in New Haven was founded in 1913 in his honor. His other works include The Value of Social Service as an Agency in the Prevention of Nervous and Mental Disorders (1910).
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A Mind That Found Itself
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