• Philip Browning Helsel
Part of the New Approaches to Religion and Power book series (NARP)


During my seminary training I worked at one of the oldest psychiatric hospitals in the nation in an urban context and visited “chronic” patients who had been in the hospital for decades. Working at this large institution exposed me to the practice of confinement that is unique to mental hospitals. I noted the racial stratification of psychiatry, with white doctors organizing treatment and African Americans cleaning the rooms. I noticed how staff rarely talked to patients.


Mental Illness Social Class Mental Distress Pastoral Care Mental Health Diagnosis 
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