Kings Park Psychiatric Center

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Kings Park Psychiatric Center, or “the Psych Center” as it is known locally, was unique for its time, as its focus was on patient care and making the hospital as “homelike” as possible. The facility was made up of a series of smaller buildings to give the feeling of community to the patients and staff alike, and both men and women were treated fairly and humanely. Long Island was home to many immigrants, some of whom had difficulty adjusting to life in the United States. This unique population led to interesting personal stories of those who worked at this facility, 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 now-abandoned Psych Center, where these stories unfurled.
ISBN: 9781467102872
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of Modern America
Images: 149
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
L.F. Blanchard has spent more than two decades serving as a counselor within her community. She holds a master’s degree in art therapy and mental health counseling and works with at-risk children and their families. Tammy Rebello holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. Her passion for urban photography and experience with mental illness have ignited her desire to raise awareness of those that live or have lived with mental disease. The goal of both authors is to diminish the stigma associated with such illnesses and educate the public through the stories of themselves and others.
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