Women's Mental Health

Dorien Forbes

Sources

"A Solution That Now Looks Crazy"- The New York Times

" A History of Treatment for Mental Illness"- The Washington Post

"Girl Scouts Engage in Fight....."- Mental Health Weekly Digest

Thesis: Mental illness is a serious disease that changes peoples lives and people need to be educated and aware of it.

"Girl Scouts Engage in the Fight Against Mental Illness Stigma with Mental Health Awareness Patch''

Mental Illnesses are very serious and this article helps raise awareness for it. Programs all across the country are made to educate and reduce the stigma of mental illness. The Girl Scouts of America has a new patch to play a positive role in the fight against mental illness. Its called the Mental Awareness patch and it has already been awarded to over 500 Girl Scouts across the country. 1 out of every 4 people have a mental illness so it is imperative that people learn about it and are aware of this illness.

"A History of Treatment for Mental Illness''

This article shows hot the treatment of mental illness evolves over the years. For example, in the 19th century patients weren't even allowed to make decisions. But then, mid to late 20th century, huge state run hospitals were closing and the number of psychiatric patients decline rapidly. After people became more aware of mental illnesses, the state commitment standards began to reflect greater appreciation for patient civil rights.

A Solution That Now looks Crazy

The deinstitutionalization of half a million mentally ill patients was a tragic mistake. These patients ended up dead, homeless, unemployed, or in jail. 4% of all violence in America is related to mental illness. People need to be educated and aware of the mental health epidemic. New institutions need to be made to help these people get the help they need.

This article was a very good way to educate people about this illness. For example before reading this article I had no idea that 1/3 of the homeless have a mental illness. Neither did i now that 4% of violence can be attributed to metal illness. All in all this article was very factual and will help educate people about this illness.


- Our economy is not strong enough - If this isn't fixed then there will just

to support these mental institutions. a swarm of mentally ill people that

become homeless, dead, or in jail.

-What if these people never get cured? - The mentally ill would be better


that would be waste of time and money off in a hospital receiving treatment

than on the streets homeless, or in jail.

- Not that many people are affected by - 1 in every 4 adults have a mental

mental illness. disorder.