Three Private Family Agencies in Richmond and Their Methods and Resources in Handling Mental Health Problems
Background of the Study. On June 23, 1900, Clifford. Whittingham Beers, obsessed with a fear of epilepsy, attempted to commit suicide by jumping out of the fourth-story minnow of his home. Fortunately the mentally ill man landed feet first on soft earth, a bare three inches from a stone pavement. On that three inches hinged not only the life and death of a man, but the birth of a world wise movement. After suffering cruel and harsh treatment for three years in three different type mental institutions, Beers emerged a well man with a crusading heart to ameliorate the conditions of the mentally ill. The fruition of his self-imposed mission was the autobiography, A mind That Found itself, published in 1908 and the founding of the National Committee for Mental hygiene in 1909.
Social work|Mental health|Social studies education
Wiest, Bernard John, "Three Private Family Agencies in Richmond and Their Methods and Resources in Handling Mental Health Problems" (1950). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30724920.