It’s been nearly 40 years since Rosalynn Carter met a weary and stooped woman leaving her night-shift job at a cotton mill in Georgia. The woman told Carter, who was campaigning for her husband, Jimmy, then running for governor, that she was heading home to care for her mentally ill daughter.
The image of the exhausted woman coping all day with an ill loved one haunted Carter, and was one of many emotional encounters with everyday people that set her on a path of advocacy for the mentally ill and their families. As first lady of Georgia and later as the nation’s first lady – husband Jimmy Carter was the 39th president – Carter has focused her attention on mental health services and treatment.
via Rosalynn Carter: Advocate for the mentally ill.
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