Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/07/02/484055668/community-based-care-can-reduce-the-stigma-of-mental-illness

By Jackie Goldstein
July 2, 2016

Mental illness has been part of human society throughout recorded history, but how we care for people with mental disorders has changed radically, and not always for the better.

In Colonial days, settlers lived in sparsely populated rural communities where sanctuary and community support enabled the tradition of family care brought from England. "Distracted persons" were acknowledged, but erratic behavior wasn't associated with disease.