Alaska Mental Health History Research Guide

Lisa Morris of the UAF Archives has produced the "Research Guide to Alaska Mental Health History Sources", an invaluable guide to information resources in Alaska and elsewhere.  The guide covers the history of mental health services from 1900 to the present, including the Morningside Hospital years (1904-1960s).

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  1. Andrea Schmook
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I have lived in Alaska since 1957 and was raised here. I also became mentally ill as an adult and figured out how to recover long before there was any recovery movement. After my recovery, I was appointed by Governor Sheffield back in 1985 to the Governor’s Council on Mental Health. While serving on the Council, the law suit was regarding the Alaska Mental Health Trust was taking place. Hearing the history of Alaskans going to Morningside Hospital touched me. I couldn’t imagine separating from my family when I became mentally ill as they were very integral to my recovery. I think this project is worthwhile, similar to some of the projects around the country where people in the mental health consumer movement are identifying unmarked graves of people buried on hospital grounds or elsewhere. A friend of mine in New York State worked on a project identifying the owners of suitcases found in the attic of a state hospital that had been closed. She wrote a book with another individual about the people and their lives that they encountered in their research. It might be worthwhile that you purchase a copy of the book and read it. It’s titled, “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic.” I’m glad that the Alaska Mental Health Trust is funding this worthwhile project. I’ll keep coming back to this site to see the project you’re making. My very best to all of you in this endeavor.

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