The Executive Director of the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness says a local institution’s abuse of the mentally ill forever changed health care, according to Carol Caruso.
“Byberry, one of the state hospitals in Philadelphia, there were family members who went in and took pictures of people chained to walls and that kind of thing.”
Caruso urges people not to ignore the signs of mental illness, particularly with children and teens.
“When a student is getting good grades and then is suddenly failing and sleeping too much, that’s a clear signal that something is wrong.”
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Montco Chapter, will hold an awareness and fundraising walk Saturday morning at 10AM at Montgomery County Community College.
May is Mental Illness Awareness Month.