Injustice for Mentally Ill?

Vincent van Gogh created some of his best work while receiving care for his mental illness. Would the same be true if he lived in present-day America? 

According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, cutbacks in mental health funding leave many would-be patients untreated and less protected by the social safety net. The center estimates that untreated mentally ill people are responsible for 10% of homicides, and make up 20% of the prison population and 30% of the homeless population. Not exactly creativity inspiring.

  —Gail Marie Kearns, Security Team, October 17


Source: Gary Fields & Erica E. Phillips, “The New Asylums: Jails Swell With Mentally Ill,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/25/2013