In this interview with Dr. Thomas Insel, the author of the book Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health, NPR’s Rhitu Chatterjee highlights the author’s argument for an overhaul of the mental health care system:

“But in the very first pages of his new book, Healing: Our Path from Mental Illness to Mental Health, he admits that the results of that research have largely failed to help Americans struggling with mental illnesses.

“Our science was looking for causes, while the effects of these disorders were playing out with more death and disability, incarceration and homelessness, and increasing frustration and despair for both patients and families,” writes Insel.

But Insel’s book is less about the failure of science in helping people and more a critique of almost every aspect of the mental health system.

NPR sat down with Insel to talk about how he came to realize where America had failed and his journey to find the answers to addressing the country’s mental health crisis.”

You can read the full interview here