Open Letter to the Psychiatric Institute of Washington After the Death of My Friend

By Will Hall Dear Post-traumatic Disorders Program, Psychiatric Institute of Washington, A close and dear friend is dead. She was a patient at your hospital, and a few days ago she sent me this text: "I left the trauma program after 48 hours. I was appalled at the environment, the terrible therapy and being treated like a prisoner. I went there looking for healing and support and found the experience even more traumatic. Western mental health systems are dehumanizing and insane." That was the last message I ever received from her. I got a call that my friend's body was found in the river: she drowned herself. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

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