Want Inspiration to End the Criminalization of the Mentally Ill? Find a Muse

July 30, 2014 8:37 PM

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Want Inspiration to End the Criminalization of the Mentally Ill? Find a Muse

Here I sit in the conference room of the Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida, speaking to members of the rock band The Muses. This extraordinary group of (consumer) musicians have graciously agreed to meet to discuss the criminalization of persons with mental illness in America.

The conversation opens with stigma and prejudice. "Forget about it," says one band member. "You say you have a mental illness, you're done!" One told a story about an acquaintance who had not yet been diagnosed. He was arrested hauling pigs in a truck. "All people were concerned about," said this ba...

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