Friday, February 22, 2008

A plea for people neglected by a broken system

“I come to present the strong claims of suffering humanity. I come to place before the Legislature of Massachusetts the condition of the miserable, the desolate, the outcast. I come as the advocate of helpless, forgotten, insane men and women; of beings sunk to a condition from which the unconcerned world would start with real horror.”
Dorothea Dix, 1841

Today, one hundred and sixty seven years later, this plea must still be made on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Americans who remain in peril due to the failure of our mental health system to provide the treatment they need and deserve.