Happy 200th Anniversary to Us!

The Institute of Living is a key part of the history of mental health care.

The Institute of Living is one of the oldest and foremost mental health institutions in the nation, from its days of wealthy patients playing on tennis courts and lounging poolside to the managed care era and now modern-day research and treatments.

In 2022 and 2023, the IOL will be celebrating its 200th anniversary with events on campus and in the community to showcase the innovative behavioral health care offered as part of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network.

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Black & Red to Benefit IOL

The 200th anniversary will be a two-year celebration, in 2022 and 2023. The 2022 Black & Red will kick off a two-year fundraising campaign in honor of the IOL's bicentennial. Funds raised will support the IOL's continuing innovative work in easing the burden of mental illnesses and substance-use disorders on individuals, families, and communities.

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The Connecticut Historical Society Exhibit Showcases Mental Health

A first-of-its kind exhibit of the history of mental health treatment in Connecticut and across the nation includes displays about the Institute of Living, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2022 and 2023.

The exhibit, “Common Struggle, Individual Experience: An Exhibition About Mental Health,” opened in fall 2021, and will be on display through Oct. 15, 2022, in the galleries of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford.

All Hartford HealthCare colleagues can receive free admission to the exhibit by showing their work badge.

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Exhibition: Common Struggle, Individual Experience: An Exhibition About Mental Health
Podcast: The Evolution of Mental Health Care: 200 years at the Institute of Living


Innovative Care

The Institute of Living remains at the forefront of behavioral health, offering patients hope for recovery through comprehensive care, research, education, and the expertise of the best clinical minds in the fields of behavioral, psychiatric, and addiction disorders. 

Javeed Sukhera, HBSc, MD, PhD, DABPN, FRCPC, Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living and Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital, speaks about shared humanity and building healing as part of patient care:



Additionally, a recent Focus on Health hosted by Hartford Hospital featured a discussion about the future of mental health care in the new normal:

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