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September 1926

Report of a Mental Health Survey of Staten Island (the Borough of Richmond), New York City

Arch NeurPsych. 1926;16(3):392-393. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1926.02200270131015

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At the request of representative citizens of Staten Island, the National Committee for Mental Hygiene conducted a survey of what is being done in that community "to decrease mental disease, prevent delinquency and criminality, protect the feebleminded, lessen dependency, and help solve its problems of social maladjustment and social inefficiency." This book contains a report of the conditions found, together with recommendations for measures to meet them. Some of the facts are striking, even startling, and are well worth the serious consideration of all interested in mental health and community welfare. It was found that one in every seventy-three children passed through the children's court in one year; one in every 167 persons served time in the county jail; one of every 332 residents of the borough was a patient in a state hospital for mental diseases; one in every ten school children needed help of a mental-health service for