• History of Mental Health in the U.S.

    Mental Health Justice Act of 2021

    In light of our recent discussions about mental health reform and the legislation surrounding mental health, mental health institutions, and the incarnation of individuals in need of mental health care, I wanted to see if there have been any recent developments outside of the rather depressing (pardon my use of the term) news and events that seem to come up in this class. For this, I went straight to Congress. I was inspired after seeing Parker’s VA legislation for 2022 and wanted to see if anything was being done at the national level instead of just the state. What I found was both inspiring and also a bit sad. Apparently,…

  • History of Mental Health in the U.S.

    Incarnation Nation

    Since we are reading Pete Earley’s Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness this week, I though it pertinent to do some research into the number of mental health-related incarnations in the United States. I stumbled across as article published in 2014 by the APA that covers exactly this. This article gives an excellent look into the history behind the growing number of mental health-related prison cases, as well as the psychological effects. I personally found the article enlightening, especially since we are given an inside look through Earley’s book on this very topic. Please check it out for yourself! I’ve provided the link down below! Collier, Lorna.…

  • History of Mental Health in the U.S.

    People Like Ourselves: Portrayals of Mental Illness in the Movies

    While doing some research for the short essay earlier this week to see if I could find some scholarly sources on the portrayal of mental health in M*A*S*H, I stumbled across People Like Ourselves: Portrayals of Mental Illness in the Movies (2003)by Jacqueline Noll Zimmerman, which appears to cover a wide range of books, movies, and television shows that portray mental health. She appears to cover a lot of topics, including the price of conformity, the denial of reality, Hitchcock’s interpretations, women with mental illness, divine madness, war, and general violence. She looks at all these different genres and critiques how mental illness is portrayed. While she does not cover…