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Rosalynn Carter in new book on mental health: “For me, it’s a moral issue”

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From a Q&A with Time magazine:

Q. Here in Manhattan you see many mentally ill people on the street. And the problem seems to be getting worse. Why aren't these people getting any help? Why aren't they in a hospital or facility?

“We know what to do for them yet we don't do it. We know how to treat depression, we know how to treat mental illness, and we have not had the political will in our country to make it happen. People are homeless, sleeping on the streets. Yet today, with what we know about the brain, [we can help people] recover. Even those who are disabled for years can recover with proper help. I'm really frustrated. For me it's a moral issue.”

Q. Now that you've mentioned the political, what are the ramifications of the new health care law?

“It's very, very helpful. The basic health plan includes mental health and substance abuse services. So that's really good. It makes mental health professionals — and training mental health professionals — a priority. I'm really pleased. It doesn't do everything that I would like it to do but it's a great step forward.”

The Associated Press story:


The Time magazine Q&A:


Video from Rosalynn Carter’s appearance on the Today show:


An excerpt from her book on trauma and PTSD:


Buy the book from the website:


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