Mental Illness Reform

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  • Dorothea Dix travels to Boston and in 1819 founds the DIx Mansion, a school for girls.
  • Dorothea began to teach Sunday school at the East Cambridge Jail.
  • Dorothea witnessed how awfully the mentally ill were treated and knew she had to do something about it.
  • She went to court and fought for the jail provide heat for the prisoners and other improvements.
  • Dorothea traveled around the state of Mass. and wrote a document to ultimately increase the budget of the state mental hospital once presented to the legislature.
  • Her mission not being finished, she toured the country documenting the conditions and treatment of patients, continuing establish humane asylums for the mentally ill.
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