b'DEDICATION Supporting those with a mental or emotional illness can be as difficult as living with the challenges of mental illness. By combining scientific knowledge with faith in human goodness, we are stepping bravely into an area that has been ignored or denied for too long. This handbook is dedicated to all those who struggle with emotional or mental illness. It is our hope that it will both help those afflicted and lend support to their families and friends. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The concept for this publication and the bulk of the content was developed by Cornell University. Karen Casey Carr, Assistant Dean of Students at Cornell University, wrote many of the passages in the book. Casey graduated from Cornells College of Human Ecology in 1974, was director of The Learning Web, and became one of the first advisors to EARS (Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Service). She received her masters degree in social work before developing the Tompkins County Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outreach Team through her work as a psychiatric social worker at Elmira Psychiatric Center. After more than 15 years in private practice, Casey returned to Cornell as the advisor to Cornell Minds Matter, a student-run mental health advocacy organization that continues to grow by leaps and bounds. 6'