Nicole Cowie

‘I WAS LUCKY’: Nicole Cowie.

—Photo: MARK LYNDERSAY

The confinement of mentally challenged persons to “cages” has been happening in this country for decades and it must stop. This is according to mental health and disability activist Nicole Cowie, who was committed to St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital 18 years ago.

Cowie, 40, in an interview with the Express yesterday, said she was “lucky” to find the support and the will to reform her life but there are many who are confined to St Ann’s and other institutions who do not have the care they need to truly make a recovery.

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