For several years, the campaign in Ireland to fight stigma associated with mental disorders had Lucia Joyce, daughter of James Joyce, as its mascot (1, 2), and in 1997, “Lucia Week” was launched in order to raise awareness of schizophrenia. The initiative came to an end because of the economic crisis, but Lucia was a well-chosen symbol for such a campaign. She was born in Trieste, Italy, on July 26, 1907. From youth she demonstrated an artistic talent, and she pursued a career as a modern dancer (3). However, she was also psychologically fragile. Her moody and irritable character succumbed to repeated emotional breakdowns, until she became overtly psychotic in 1930, while dating the young Samuel Beckett. After that, recurring episodes of psychotic breakdown coincided with events related to sexuality and family life, such as her parents’ marriage (summer 1931), her own official engagement (in 1932), and her father’s birthday (on Feb. 2, 1932, and Feb. 2, 1934).