It should go without saying that those at the top of the social class scale should give back but many don’t. Occasionally, one of them will do something wrong and use whatever local charity to ‘pay for their crimes,’ but their donations are rarely come from a place of genuine concern for their fellow community member.
Jeremy Goldstein is not one of those selfish corporate professionals that ignore the pain of those less fortunate. Jeremy Goldstein was raised to always give back to his community and those less fortunate than himself. Once his boutique law firm found profitable success, he immediately began sharing his wealth with several local charities.
Throughout his career as a corporate lawyer, he saw many people struggling with their company. It was his first look at mental illness, but he didn’t fully understand what those people were dealing with until he started working with Fountain House, a support group that grew into a internationally recognized mental health expertise organization.
When New York’s top executive compensation attorney heard the number of people that would need to address issues with mental health against the number of those who actually seek treatment, he was floored. Not even one-eighth of the people with mental illnesses seek help simply because they’re too afraid of being socially rejected or embarrassed.
For decades, nations all across the world ignored this ever-increasing epidemic even as the number of sufferers neared one-fourth of the world’s population. It wasn’t until last that anyone in the mental health profession held a global conference to address the world’s current, flawed mental health recovery models. That organization was Fountain House, and it brought together more than 300 mental health experts from 30 different countries.
The ultimate goal of Fountain House is improving the overall quality of life for people living with lifelong and serious mental illnesses, but the more immediate goal is removing the stigma around mental illness. Like all stigmas, the stigma around mental illness frightens most people on both sides to want to stay away from each other, which fosters and maintains all the negative stereotypes associated with mental illness.
Despite the stigma, Fountain House has done an amazing job making people with mental health struggles feel like a valued member of society. Fountain House uses employment programs, educational programs, and quality of life programs to give its members the best chance at a full recovery.