May family care be the best practice for mentally ill?

The Geel question. For centuries, a little town in Belgium has been treating the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful? lf an hour on the slow train from Antwerp, surrounded by flat, sparsely populated farmlands, Geel (pronounced, roughly, ‘Hyale’) strikes the visitor as a quiet, tidy but otherwise unremarkable Belgian market town. Yet its story is unique. For more than 700 years its inhabitants have taken the mentally ill and disabled into their homes as guests or ‘boarders’. At times, these guests have numbered in the thousands, and arrived from all over Europe. There are several hundred … Continue reading May family care be the best practice for mentally ill?