For the past 15 months, I have been blogging about mental illness, addiction and the criminal justice system. Seventy or eighty percent of people who abuse drugs or alcohol also have a mental illness and some 40% of people with serious mental illnesses have been arrested in their lives. Psychiatric disorders are the only kind of illness that we, as a society, regularly respond to with handcuffs and incarceration instead of treatment and compassion.
In one of my recent posts I wrote about an exhibition in Los Angeles by inmate artists who have participated in prison art studio classes through “Arts in Corrections.” One of my dear friends suggested that I use my blog to write about ARTs as CORRECTION. In other words, using art–whether visual or the written word–to highlight the corrective experiences we all have in life.
I’d like to take this opportunity to correct or expand the focus of this blog. I will still write about mental health issues, programs that are successfully addressing addiction, and improved policies in our criminal justice system. But, I am not going to limit my focus to these. I’d like to blog about writers and artists who are using their “voice” to highlight the pertinent issues we are dealing with in this rapidly changing world.
I invite you to join in.