Ramaswamy: Faith Based Treatment Is The 'Better Way' To Treat Mental Illness

During a Monday appearance on Fox News, Vivek Ramaswamy called for mental health to be treated with a faith-based approach. 

Like Donald Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy is a businessman who is pursuing a high-level political position. And like Trump, the entrepreneur is pushing unconventional proposals to solve some of the nation's biggest issues. 

Ramaswamy unveiled one of the proposals last night when speaking with Fox's Jesse Watters. During the segment, the Fox News host asked the presidential hopeful if he would bring back mental institutions. He answered, "I think that this is a clear path to fighting the violent crime wave across this country, Jesse. I’ve said it at the debates. I’m the only candidate in either party talking about it because it’s a taboo subject."

Ramaswamy continued:

"Well, the reality is there were some abuses, limited cases of abuses in decades past. We can do this again learning from past mistakes without those abuses. I don’t think I want to be pumping psychiatric institutions with pharmaceuticals into people. Faith-based approaches – there are better ways to do this. But that being said – and you put your finger on this a little bit, Jesse – is look at who benefited from that policy. It was none other than large pharmaceutical companies that had developed antipsychotics and other forms of antidepressants."

Watch a clip of the interview below, courtesy of the Fox News network: