Nellie Bly's skills in journalism helped make a difference for the mentally ill by admitting herself into Blackwell’s Asylum , exposing physical abuse and the unfair institutional laws
May 5th, 1864 Nellie Bly was born in Cochrans Mills Pennsylvania. Not only would this young woman grow up to become a well known journalist because of her investigative skills ( Nellie Bly), she would become a well known author!
Nellie wanted to be institutionalized so she can make sure that the insane were being highly regarded and watched over carefully.
WITHOUT HER GAINING ACCESS SHE WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO FIND WHAT SHE FOUND AND SEE WHAT SHE SAW
Nellie had witnessed that patients were being neglected, if they had disabilities such as speech impediment they were taken away from the patients who could speak “normally" .
SHE HELPED TO REVOLUTIONIZE TREATMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTIONS BY MAKING MORE PEOPLE AWARE OF THE STRIDENT TREATMENT INSIDE THE ASYLUM.
People should only be in a place like Blackwell's if they have a critical mental illness. she established that when patients were allegedly healed or no longer mentally insane, they were neglected.
SHE WAS ABLE TO EXPOSE THE UNPRINCIPLED LAWS THAT HELPED THE MENTALLY BE RELEASED WHEN NECESSARY AND INSTITUTIONALIZED FOR JUST REASONS.
Nellie Bly was a smart, investigative journalist , and activist who helped reform mental institutions for the better. Nellie was able to change the way patients in mental institutions were treated by using her skills, which revolutionized their treatment then and in the future.