Day 24 - My Mental Health Mascot-Dorothea Dix

April 24, 2012

Today is day 24 and my mission is to present you with a mascot for my health issues.  Sorry it's not a cute animal or a celebrity, but I choose Dorothea Dix.
Unfortunately, as it is past midnight and I have to get up relatively early tomorrow, I will  only provide you with the Wikipedia link (click on her picture).  Dorothea Dix was a woman who was one of the first people to advocate for mental health reform.  It's sort of ironic that in the mid-1800s, mental health reform meant getting the mentally ill out of their homes and into institutions, because they were being mistreated in their homes.  Nowadays, we are trying to get people back into the community and out of the institutions.  Mental health reform may have changed a lot since it first started, but still we must pay homage to those that paved the way for positive change in the mental health world.
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