Living With Schizophrenia

New Monument to John Nash

Posted: Thursday, September 14th, 2017

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Authorities in West Windsor, USA have announced a proposal to build a new monument to the memory of John Nash, the Nobel-winning mathematician who suffered with schizophrenia all his adult life.

The sculpture is expected to cost around $190,000 and fundraising is now underway. Donations for the sculpture are being accepted by Friends of West Windsor Open Space (FOWWOS), by mail at P.O. Box 73, West Windsor, NJ 08550 USA or online through the website on http://fowwos.org/.
As reported on the Town Topics website, Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor of West Windsor made the announcement in June 2017. The monument, which will also commemorate the life of Alicia Nash, Nash’s wife and carer, will be created by sculptor Gyuri Hollosy and will be situated in the town’s Nash Park. The location is near to Nash’s home of many years in New Jersey and is a spot where the Nash’s would walk in the evenings.

Born in 1928, John Forbes Nash Jr. was a brilliant mathematician who
made a significant contribution in a number of areas in his field including game theory and partial differential equations. He worked at Princeton University and the RAND Corporation and his theories are widely used in economics today. In his early adult life he began to show signs of the paranoid schizophrenia that was to dominate his personal and academic life for some 20 years.

Nash’s life, illness and subsequent recovery were documented in Sylvia Nassar’s book, A Beautiful Mind and later in the award-winning film of the same name which starred Russel Crowe in the role of Nash. In addition to his many other awards in 1994 Nash was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Sadly Nash and his wife Alicia, who had contributed greatly to his care and recovery over the years, were killed in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in 2015.

In memory of Nash’s great achievements and in celebration of his life Living with Schizophrenia has recently added a website page (https://www.livingwithschizophreniauk.org/john-nash/) describing Nash’s career and achievements and struggle with schizophrenia which can be viewed here.

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  1. Anne Samino says:

    When I was sixteen years old I was diagnozed with schizophrenia after 1 and a half year of treatment i was able to recover I’ve studied 2 years associate in computer science and was able to work for almost 20 years. In 2015 I experience a relapse, I didnt want to go to the hospital because I dont want to be exposed to persons with mental illness like mine..I was in denial. Because I know I can still handle myself carefully without the aid of anyone from my Family. I am experiencing it again. when the time comes that i cant sleep I take a medication because the doctor’s advise is you can take the medication when needed. I now go and exercise. I joined zumba classes. I want to work again but I dont want to disappoint my employer maybe i might be absent so I avoided not apply for job again. I’m planning to have my own business but funds is not yet available. I think if you’re not stressed, you will recover from this sickness it only needs a positive vibes. I avoided listening to bad news..I only listen to good news..no hardhitting news..so thats the way I cope up with this sickness..

    • Aunti says:

      God bless you sweetie there’s nothing to be ashamed of. My nephew is so bad he’s in denial as this is what’s wrong. He says the voice are using no touch weapons to him. The tell him when he falls asleep the will kill him. He’s terrified to go to sleep at night. My sister has to lay with him almost every night. Our health system sucks for mental illness if you tell them your not going to harm yourself or others they can’t hold you. He needs help bad. I fear my sister is going to have a nervous breakdown. He’s 40yrs old. And back home he’s been gone since he graduated. If only we knew what could have caused it

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