National Memorial of Recovered Dignity  

Construction of the National Memorial of Recovered Dignity, commemorating those individuals who died in state psychiatric hospitals, is set to begin in 2010. The dedication ceremony took place in June of 2009 at the Gardens of St. Elizabeth's in Washington, DC. Plans for the memorial include gardens and a pool of water surrounding metal markers from all 50 states that list the numbers of psychiatric patients buried and at which institutions. DBSA is honored to be a partner in this project and a member of the memorial's advisory council.  Read more.

"Recovered Dignity" Video Presentation



Hundreds of thousands of individuals have died in state psychiatric hospitals across the country. Most are buried on hospital grounds in unnamed graves. A memorial to hundreds of thousands of people who died in state psychiatric hospitals—many of whom are buried in unmarked graves—has been planned for the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC.

Several organizations are participating in planning the memorial and in efforts to raise more than $1 million over the next three years for its construction. Partnering organizations include the National Association of Consumer/Survivor Mental Health Administrators, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Consumer Council, National Coalition of Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Organizations, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), Mental Health America (MHA), and the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA).

A Memorial Advisory Council also includes members of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Consumer Action Network of DC, and the Mental Health Empowerment Project (MHEP).

The supporting organizations and individuals are sharing resources to help build the memorial. The MHA board voted to be the fiscal agent and has created a tax-exempt fund to bank donations, and Organizations outside the field of mental health have also offered support. The University of Georgia School of Environmental Design will provide consultation and student support.

Tax-exempt donations can be sent to
Consumer Memorial Fund
c/o Mental Health America
2000 North Beauregard St., 6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311

Please consider making a donation to the Consumer Memorial Fund. 

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page created: September 5, 2007
 page updated: January 6, 2010