Mental Health and Mistreatment

I found the Field of Stones: Mental Health and Mistreatment article (Never Less than Everything blog), to be very disturbing, and rightfully so. Tricia recounts her visit to an ancient state mental health institution during her college years, where her professor insisted on his students demonstrating the highest regard for the patients who had walked these halls- and explained some history of the treatment of mentally-ill patients, in both life and death.  She recalls his discussion about how the use of restraints has gradually been eliminated over the years- and was horrified to hear recent reports about autistic children being isolated, abused and caged.  Despite the progress we have made, there are still people who want to control those who are different.  I wish I could put flowers on every one of those stones, too.

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