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Instead of being sent to asylums, the mentally ill now just fill US prisons. Nurses beating patients to death, six women trapped in cells meant for one, a pregnant woman confined to a straitjacket while giving birth, hundreds of patients — some with open syphilitic sores — made to bathe in the same bathwater.
Aroundpeople with mental illness are behind bars — far outnumbering those in hospitals. By some counts, as much as half of the prison population have mental illness. This figure is higher for women. In state prisons, one study estimated that 75 percent of women have mental illness.
And prisons are the worst place for people with serious mental illness. All you need to do is visit another island off Manhattan where an estimated 45 percent of its inmates suffer from mental illness — Rikers Island.
There was Jason Echevarria, a year-old Rikers inmate with bipolar disorder, who in was placed in a solitary mental-health unit after a suicide attempt. When sewage backed up in his cell, an officer handed him a toxic packet of detergent. Get me a doctor. Roth describes the scene: The depersonalized nature of incarceration, including the use of solitary confinement as a punishment, actually heightens and sometimes creates symptoms of serious mental illness.
People with mental illness are less likely to make bail and face longer sentences — keeping them locked up longer. Mentally ill inmates are more likely to be charged with rule violations and end up in solitary confinement — where they spend 23 hours in cells without human contact, conditions that exacerbate psychosis and suicide risk.
Mentally ill prisoners are also much more likely to be abused. One study showed that one in 12 inmates with severe mental illness were sexually victimized by their fellow prisoners, compared to one in 33 without mental illness.
To top it all off: Treatment is rare, if not nonexistent.
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In recognition of the challenges a new school year presents for children and adolescents, Mental Health America (MHA) is providing new resources on student mental health, with an emphasis on web-based tools that can be easily shared across social media platforms.