a long time ago, people with severe mental illness were almost exclusively locked up in state hospitals. thankfully times have changed & most people are able to live freely & successfully in communities with social & mental health supports. i am a psychiatric nurse & understand that people with mental illness are just like you & me. they have hopes & dreams. they feel happy, sad, angry & hurt. most are not any more violent than a person without mental illness. the other day i was attending a training for work on the grounds where one of these state hospitals existed. during lunch, i took a walk around the grounds & came upon this graveyard. i was saddened by the thought that so many people lived without the right to freedom & died lonely. these graves represent the lost, unclaimed souls.
tracy is a talented photographer who runs a weekly collage of shadow shots on her blog every sunday. she takes cool pictures too!