Year: 1993 Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, v.54, no.3, suppl., (March 1993), p.5-6 SIEC No: 19930469

The severely mentally ill face many roadblocks, including discrimination by the government & by insurance companies. This inequity contributes to the stigma of mental illness, & greatly increases patient suffering & results in needless fatalities – suicides that could have been prevented by properly reimbursed treatment. The author argues that it is imperative that policy leaders, physicians & mental health care advocates demand equal treatment under the law for the severely mentally ill.