"Margaret Jacobson was a sweet-natured young girl who played the accordion and had dreams of becoming a teacher until she had a psychotic break in her teens, which sent her down a much darker path. Her Name Was Margaret traces Margaret's life from her childhood to her death as a homeless woman on the streets of Hamilton, Ontario. With meticulous research and deep compassion author Denise Davy analyzed over eight hundred pages of medical records and conducted interviews with Margaret's friends and family, as well as those who worked in psychiatric care, to create this compelling portrait of a woman abandoned by society. Through the revolving door of psychiatric admissions to discharges to rundown boarding homes, Davy shows us the grim impact of deinstutionalization: patients spiralled inexorably toward homelessness and death as psychiatric beds were closed and patients were left to fend for themselves on the streets of cities across North America. Today there are more 235,000 people in Canada who are counted among the homeless annually and 35,000 who are homeless on any given night. Most of them are struggling with mental health issues. Margaret's story is a heartbreaking illustration of what happens in our society to our most vulnerable and should serve as a wake-up call to politicians and leaders in cities across Canada."-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: One. "Nobody Came" Two. "She Does What She Has To" Three. Psychiatric Titanic pt. ONE The Childhood Years, 1944-1961 Four. "Quiet, Hard-Working Girl" Five. "I Haven't Been Very Well" Six. "Pains of Hell" pt. TWO The Hospital Years, 1962-1984 Seven. Revolving Door Eight. "I Still Want Margaret" Nine. "It Was a Numbers Thing" Ten. "Why Do You Think God Wants to Punish You?" Eleven. A Child Is Born Twelve. "Seriously Deteriorated" pt. THREE On The Streets, 1985-1995 Thirteen. Princess of the Streets Fourteen. Kindness of Strangers Fifteen. Bob and Margaret Sixteen. The Black Hole Seventeen. The Snowy Walk Eighteen. A Lonely Burial Nineteen. "If Margaret Had Kept Me" Twenty. "It Was Tragic What Happened to Her" Twenty-One. In From the Cold Twenty-Two. "We Know How to Solve the Problem".