A Personal Glimpse into Our Woefully Inadequate Mental Health System

Manhattan filmmaker Lucy Winer recalls when mental health care was a chaotic system designed to punish instead of providing service… It was the age when warehousing warm bodies was too often as good as it got.

Her experience was part of the massive “warehousing” of people living with mental illness which ended with deinstitutionalization in the 1970s—one massive failure replaced with a string of broken promises to provide community and family support. Instead, patients were unceremoniously discharged out into a society that was unprepared for their medical and social needs.

via A Personal Glimpse into Our Woefully Inadequate Mental Health System | Alternet.

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