I got an email from Thomas Fallon. He submitted the below photograph (self-portrait). I thought it was powerful and that too many of us know what that image is conveying. It's hard for me to look at, but I've been there. Have you? … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Even as we have access to more and more information that links that which gets labeled mental illness to trauma -- treatment that exacerbates the trauma response continues to gain legal traction all over the country. This, of course, leads to the epidemic of harm and iatrogenic illness we're watching happen. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
The bill, as many people who follow what’s happening in mental health law know, calls for the enactment of assisted (involuntary) outpatient commitment laws at the Federal level and is purportedly crafted to ensure the safety of those deemed “severely mentally ill” by giving families, courts and mental health providers increased authority to commit individuals to outpatient treatment. This may involve supervisory case management and compulsory treatment with whatever psychiatric drugs may be prescribed, while also granting family members or guardians the legal right to access an individual’s medical records. This legislation, were it to pass, would divert funds from recovery-oriented community mental health programs and would expand funding for psychiatric drug treatment, while also undermining existing legislation relating to patients’ rights. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
I can agree that all the treatment I received involuntarily was indeed torture. From The Diamond Valley Leader a piece about Tina Minkowitz who works tirelessly for our rights: IF someone decides not to have chemotherapy in Victoria; that’s their choice. If they want to opt out of an organ transplant, or forego taking daily... Continue Reading →
Please sign here. So that you might recall Ray's story see the youtube video here. And read all the MindFreedom updates on the whole history here.
It is beyond me how this can be continuing. For a long list of updates on the issue, many of which I've posted on this blog visit MindFreedom. Found this at Rayne's World. Read her commentary here. I'm too pooped this morning.
From MindFreedom: This Wednesday, 10 December 2008, human rights activists all over the world will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 10 December is the UN's official International Human Rights Day. 10 December is also the day that Ray Sandford is scheduled to receive... Continue Reading →
I talked to Ray on the phone. He had his 33rd forced electroshock today. From MindFreedom by David W. Oaks — last modified 2008-11-13 10:40 Today is Wednesday. And that means Ray had another of his weekly involuntary outpatient electroshocks. I talked to him, and also talked to the Governor's office. "My 33rd electroshock today."... Continue Reading →