Mental Health

Archive Report

Development of a Mental Health Program

The rejection for military service in World War II of more men for neuro-psychiatric disorders than for any other medical reason was a striking demonstration that mental illness constitutes a major health problem in the United States. The fact that many of the men so rejected suffered from mental disorders which had not prevented them from holding jobs in civil life, and for which no medical care had been sought, showed that “the great majority of our mentally ill are not in hospital beds; they are out in the community working at this job or that job—50 per cent, 25 per cent, or 75 per cent efficient.”1

Recognizing that mental ill-health is widespread and presents a problem that extends far ...

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