Public Asylums

Public Asylums

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  • The mentally ill were seen as deranged and cursed with unclean spirits
  • We have clean spirits!
  • Why are we treated so different and poorly?
  • The mentally ill were treated as beasts and chained down in jail cells all day.
  • Dix and other women gathered to discuss ways to improve the lives of the mentally ill.
  • What could we do to help these people?
  • Dorathea DIx read her petition to the Massachusetts Legislature in 1843 informing them on the horrible living conditions.
  • I respectfully ask to present this Memorial, believing that the cause, which . . .
  • Dix's petition moved and turned the stomachs and hearts of the legislature
  • Wow she really opened my eyes, these conditions must be changed now !!
  • They were finally viewed as mentally ill and no longer "beasts" and were taken care of.
  • It's about time we got treated right
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