Judy Collins Still Suffers
From The Psychic Pain
By Tim Boxer
FTER warming up the audience with an a
cappella version of her hit Both Sides Now,
spoke about the importance of psychology: "My life is a miracle
because of the help of people like you. You are in the vanguard of
all of this good work."
The legendary singer, songwriter and mental health
advocate, who turned 70 in May 2009, spoke at the 50th
anniversary gala of Yeshiva Universityís Ferkauf Graduate School of
Psychology at a gala dinner two years ago at the United Nations.
She recalled her father who was in radio. He raised
five children in a family with lots of contradictions.
"Dad was blind by the age of four. He was not going
to let anything stop him from succeeding in life. He was an
alcoholic. You couldnít talk about his drinking. That was a secret.
I watched him struggle with that battle.
"At age 14 I made an attempt on my life. When I came
to New York I got therapy. Itís in the lease.
"I canít drink today, I canít use drugs today, I
canít take my life today. Itís with the help of people like you. I
believe rehab works."
Collins mentioned her troubled son,
went through years "in a kind of darkness." He tried to get help,
"but you canít judge whatís happening inside."
She said Clark "went into a relapse and took his own
life. My son is with me all the time. So many people are suffering
from psychic pain."
The dinner honored Eugene and Estelle Ferkauf,
founding benefactors of the school. He is the founder of the
legendary discount retailer E. J. Korvetteís.