This collection of photographs, history, and firsthand accounts gives readers a glimpse at the roots of mental health. These vignettes are born of the personal stories of those who worked at these facilities, those who were institutionalized, and their families. The authors took the time to listen to their stories and endeavored to understand their pasts and recognize how these events continue to influence the mental health industry today. Pictured throughout are the physical relics of the places--the now largely abandoned asylums--where these stories unfurled.
About the Author
Tammy Rebello holds a bachelor's degree in communications. Her passion for urban photography has ignited her desire to share the stories of those too often forgotten. Her explorations into these facilities have haunted her with echoes of days past, the deplorable conditions, and a yearning to tell their story through her photographs. L.F. Blanchard has spent more than two decades serving as a peer counselor within her community. She currently holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and visual and performing arts. Her passion for helping those who have had extreme and life changing events has fed her desire to understand mental illness and to work toward a better understanding of treatment options.
Table of Contents
1 Belchertown State School 9
2 Monson State Hospital 23
3 Westborough State Hospital 35
4 Medfield State Hospital 49
5 McLean Hospital and Metropolitan State Hospital 59
6 Taunton State Hospital and Lakeville State Hospital 67
7 Walter Fernald State School 77
8 Paul A. Dever State School 85
About the Authors 95