Mental Health in America: A Reference Handbook provides a broad overview of the evolution of mental illness and treatments in the United States, surveying the complex history of mental health in a manner that helps the reader identify key issues in an easy-to-understand fashion.
Key events and individuals are noted within a timeline, while the second chapter examines problems and controversies that invite the reader to examine solutions to these problems. The remaining chapters include perspectives from those within the mental health system as well as additional documents and resources.
This volume is geared toward high school students, undergraduate students and general readers. It will be a useful resource for the reader who wants to learn more about the history of mental illness to contextualize current events. It clearly shows why the topic of mental illness matters, and addresses important issues that affect it.