Dr. Elizabeth Ford: Sometimes Amazing Things Happen
Wednesday May 31: 6:30PM – 7:30PM
With hit movies like Psycho and Split, the unfortunate people plagued with mental illness have been largely written off as murderous societal rejects. Their mention has often been labelled as taboo, leaving them as a neglected and overlooked group, but a group in desperate need of support, of doctors, of understanding. Enter Dr. Elizabeth Ford.
Elizabeth Ford spent her time in medical school unsure of where she belonged, until she did her psychiatry rotation. That is when she found her calling—caring for one of the most vulnerable populations of mentally ill people, the inmates of New York City's jails.
Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward is full of abandoned and broken men. They can be violent and unpredictable, but they can also be funny and tender and needy. Above all, they are human.
This book is an insightful and empathetic memoir that takes readers inside Bellevue Hospital’s forensic psychiatry unit, giving humanity to the lives of the patients in her care and shows the inner workings (and failings) of our mental health and criminal justice systems.
Join us in Strand's 2nd Floor Art Department for a talk about the issues and importance of mental health.
This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Sometimes Amazing Things Happen will be available at the event. The event will be located in the Strand's 2nd floor Art Department at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.