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The 10th annual observance of mental health week will be held this year from April 27 to May 4. The co-sponsors are the National Association for Mental Health and the National Institute of Mental Health. The theme for the 1958 observance is, "With Your Help, the Mentally Ill Can Come Back." Emphasis is being placed in four major areas: (1) improved care and treatment for patients in mental hospitals; (2) expanded services for the early detection and treatment of mental and emotional illness; (3) more adequate rehabilitation services for the improved or recovered mental patient; and (4) expanded research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of mental illness.
Some gains have been made during the past few years. New methods of treatment, including the use of new drugs, are restoring more mentally ill patients to health. The stigma surrounding mental illness has been reduced. Additional research is getting underway, although
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK. JAMA. 1958;166(17):2184–2185. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990170082019
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