We don't really care about the mentally ill
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Patients tell of neglect
Former patients in psychiatric hospitals between 1940 and 1992 have given harrowing accounts of neglect and abuse to a special forum set up in 2005. The forum, chaired by Judge Patrick Mahoney, issued its report yesterday and said 493 people attended its sessions, 80 per cent of them ex-patients. Common themes that emerged included physical violence, sexual misconduct and abuse, and a lack of care and compassion. I've always suspected that we really don't care about the mentally ill in this country, out of sight, outta your mind.