July 29, 2020
Jack Seeley was a tragic figure in North American history. His noble quest during WWII and the early postwar period to bring mental health to the masses straddled both sides of the border. He was the principal architect of the first major mental health programs in Canadian schools, a history that is now so relevant. He was also a scholar working in the fields of sociology and psychoanalysis whose collaboration was valued by important American thinkers like Erving Goffman, David Riesman and Bruno Bettleheim. His book, Crestwood Heights is a classic of the 1950s “pop sociology” genre.