MHC’s Founding Day

May 6, 2019 all-day
Clifford W. Beers

MHC is the result of the vision of Clifford W. Beers. In the early 1900’s Beers was experiencing symptoms of what today may be diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder. After attempting suicide, Beers was subjected to ineffective treatments and cruel conditions in Connecticut’s mental health institutions during three years of hospitalizations. Upon achieving recovery, Beers vowed to make a difference in the mental health system and set out on the task of reform. On May 6, 1908, Beers founded the Connecticut Society of Mental Hygiene from his home in New Haven CT, this first organization of it’s kind.

Now known as Mental Health Connecticut, this organization carries on the legacy of our founder with the mission of improving mental health for all Connecticut residents.