Leading Thoughts: Kenn Dudek, Fountain House

In honor of World Mental Health Day, the Coalition presents a clip from the “Leading Thoughts” Storytelling Program series featuring President of Fountain House, Kenn Dudek. In this clip, Mr. Dudek explains that around the world, people with mental health illnesses have lower life expectancies. He is certain it is because people with mental health diagnoses are too often treated as suspect, even by medical doctors, when they have real symptoms. He tells the heartbreaking tale of a regular Fountain House member who died of cancer because his symptoms were not taken seriously until it was too late.


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