Medication can be helpful in the treatment of mental illness. But understanding, respect and love are incredible therapeutic tools.
Nathaniel Ayers is mentally ill. He is also a musical genius. He was discovered while living on the streets. Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist, connected with him. This 60 Minutes clip talks about the remarkable relationship between them. Their story is the subject of a motion picture called The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx as Nathaniel Ayers. Highly recommended. How can we continue to improve the treatment of persons with mental illness? What does Mr. Ayers' story teach us?