Few People Know America Got Its First Mental Health Facility Right Here In Virginia In 1773
By Beth|Published January 05, 2022
A lifelong Virginia resident, Beth loves exploring different parts of the world and currently resides in Charlottesville. She holds a degree in English Literature and one of her short stories has been featured in the Shenandoah Review. Other interests include hiking, songwriting, and spending time in the mountains.
Virginia has been the first to do many things. One of the more impressive feats was opening the very first mental health facility in the U.S in 1773. Although the history of treating mental health has been complicated and oftentimes misguided, the dedication of care and resources shown by the Eastern State Hospital paved the way for better understanding and care in the future. Here’s more on the history of Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Did you know that the first mental health facility was established in Virginia? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! For more information about the history of Eastern State Hospital, you can visit the official website.
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