The question to be asked is this: how, in an age when community safety is dominant, can we retain the integrity of mental health? By integrity I mean how can we care for the mentally disordered when the tendency is to control, punish and regard them with increasing suspicion. The mentally disordered are a common sight in every large city. Some may be homeless, some may be substance abusers, and a small number may be violent, with an even smaller number involved in high-profile fatalities. Their high levels of visibility help to promote a sense of unease, assisted, of course, by the media and the shrill response of some pressure groups.
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