Dear Justin,
Here is my proposal for your contest: I will stay in a public mental hospital in San Francisco for 48 hours. During that time, I will give online reports every 8 hours on such things as:

Furniture (especially beds)
Staff (professional and non-professional)
Noise level
Dignity afforded me
Handling of cigarette smokers
Special features (rubber room, ECT, restraints, etc.)

Then, I will fly to Dublin, Ireland and stay in a public mental health facility in that city. I will file reports on the same subjects. The general idea is to give people a snapshot of mental health care in the 2000's in America and compare it to care given in a country that has a nationalized health care system. I would need help with the web site...and would like to offer pictures of everything covered.

Thank you for sponsoring the contest,
Kevin Conway