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Her name was Margaret : life and death on the streets / Denise Davy.

Author/Creator:
Davy, Denise, 1953- author.
Publication:
Hamilton, ON, Canada : James Street North Books, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
xv, 297 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
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Subjects:
Mentally ill homeless persons -- Ontario -- Hamilton -- Biography.
Mentally ill women -- Ontario -- Hamilton -- Biography.
Homeless women -- Ontario -- Hamilton -- Biography.
Mental illness -- Canada -- Case studies.
Homelessness -- Canada -- Case studies.
Homeless women.
Homelessness.
Mental illness.
Mentally ill homeless persons.
Mentally ill women.
Jacobson, Margaret, -1995.
Canada.
Ontario -- Hamilton.
Medical subjects:
Mental Disorders.
Biography.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Case studies.
Biographies.
Summary:
"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.
Contents:
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".
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN:
9781989496329
1989496326
OCLC:
1201665895
Publisher Number:
99987735918