Asylums to Recovery: The Fight for Civil Rights and Humane Treatment for People in the Mental Health Care System
Produced by Mental Health America
with the assistance of Two Parrot Productions
The first in a three part documentary about the on-going battle, by people who have received or are receiving mental health care, to transform the system of care in the United States. This installment covers the years 1960 to 1985, a tumultuous time when the barbaric methods of treatment in asylums and psychiatric hospitals were forced to change as states began to downsize their institutions and the thousands of ex-inmate/patients began to find their voice to create a more just and humane system of care. We see how a movement born out of pain and anger began to evolve and give voice and empowerment to people, living on the fringe of society, who demanded change. Groups of survivors around the country struggled to establish a single identity and bring together those who vehemently opposed psychiatry and treatment and those who worked to change the system. For many the damage was too much and they turned their back on psychiatry and treatment, while others continue to create change and restore their dignity.