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Madness and Human Rights: Ideas about the Past and Future of Mental Health Treatment

  • When
  • November 12, 2018
    12:30–7:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations–New York
    224 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019
    United States of America
  • Speakers
  • Jonathan Cohen, Joanna Erdman, Judith Klein, and John Trainor
  • Programs
  • Public Health Program

Building the Future of Mental Health Care


The Open Society Public Health Program hosts an evening event with John Trainor in honor of his years of service on the Public Health Program Advisory Board. 

The event features a presentation by John Trainor on his work examining how society reacts to the phenomenon of mental illness and the impact of that reaction on how people with mental illness are treated. He looks at examples from the past, reflect on how social acceptance and treatment have changed, and makes suggestions for the future of mental health care.


  • Jonathan Cohen


    Until September 2021, Jonathan Cohen was the director of the Open Society Public Health Program.

  • Joanna Erdman


    Joanna N. Erdman is chair of the Public Health Program Advisory Board and Women’s Rights Program Advisory Board.

  • Judith Klein


    Until March 2019, Judith Klein was a senior adviser to the Open Society Public Health Program.

  • John Trainor


    John Trainor is a member of the Public Health Program Advisory Board.

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