January 1, 2012
It was gratifying that The Sun endorsed Dr. David S. Helsel, the new CEO at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, as "the right man to lead the institution on the long road to emotional recovery" ("Healing Perkins," Nov. 27). Yet I was stunned to read that most of the patients at the state's maximum security mental hospital had never been treated for their illness before coming to Perkins. It is scary that people who are extremely mentally ill have to commit a crime in order to receive treatment.
May 10, 2011
I've been mentally ill all my life. I've been laughed at, ridiculed, made fun of, been the butt of many jokes. This reaction by the homeowners at Ruxton is nothing new to me. Being mentally ill has a very negative stigma attached to it, and these homeowners are no different than the children who made fun of me. However, now, we as the mentally ill have civil rights and fair housing rights, and as a class we are protected from the discrimination of...
December 26, 2004
KEENE, N.H. - Until her first breakdown, Pat was trim and active, even playing on a volleyball team in college. But deep scars on her forearms attest to a lifetime of self-abuse. Pat, 53, grew sedentary, obese and reclusive. She says she has been hospitalized 25 times. "The sicker I got, and the more doped up I became, the more I tended to become isolated," she said. This year, Pat enrolled in a program called In Shape, designed to provide regular structured exercise for people with mental illness.
March 26, 2004
Like many people with mental illness, Jennifer Causey spends a lot of time alone. Sometimes she'll take the bus to the mall or get a ride to her church meeting, but Causey's personality disorder and epilepsy keep her isolated in her Ellicott City apartment much of the time. Still, Causey always has a place to go on the weekends - for pizza, movies and the company of friends - as well as a driver to take her there. It is called On Our Own in Columbia, a "drop-in center" where mentally ill people can go for conversation, dinner and holiday gatherings.
March 14, 2002
MOST PEOPLE cannot fathom the horror of what Andrea Yates did to her children: drowning them in the family bathtub, one by one. Even chasing down the oldest one, age 7, in order to do it. And no one doubts that Andrea Yates is guilty - least of all, apparently, the Texas jury that convicted her of murder Tuesday after less than four hours of deliberation. But that jury got it wrong, because Andrea Yates is not guilty of being a murderer, she is guilty of being mentally ill. Virtually no one has doubted that Mrs. Yates is insane; the jail psychiatrist who interviewed her the day after the killings called her one of the most severely mentally ill people she had ever examined.
December 27, 1998
State is misguided in its plan to close Freedom HouseI am writing in regard to the article "Closing of home for mentally ill criticized" (Dec. 1), which reports on the state's plan to close Freedom House, the home for persons with mental illness on the grounds of Springfield State Hospital.Maryland should shift its housing priorities for those with serious mental illness from "deinstitutionalizing" people who have roofs over their heads in structured environments to finding housing and services for mentally ill people.