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To Be a Mental Patient
by Rae Unzicker
Mad In America
The Bonkers Institute
NARPA 2014 Rights
Seattle, WA, September 2014
NARPA 2013 Annual Rights Conference
Hartford, CT, September 2013
Conference Materials & Handouts
2012 Annual Rights Conference
Cincinnati, OH, September 2012
NARPA's 2011 Annual Rights Conference
Philadelphia, PA, September 2011
2010 Annual Rights Conference:
(with materials and handouts)
Atlanta, GA, September 2010
Choice Not Force
●Recovery and Peer Run Programs
NARPA's2009 Annual Rights Conference:
Phoenix, AZ, September 2009
Announcing NARPA 2016:
RIGHTS UNDER SIEGE: FIGHTING BACK
August 25 – 28, 2016
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Keynote Speaker: Robert Whitaker
Click here for more information and for
Request for Proposals
NARPA's newsletters (originally
published between 1984 and 2002) are now available to read on the web,
courtesy of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Special Collections & University Archives Librarians.
A new book by Susan Stefan on suicide law and policy argues strongly against involuntary commitment of people simply for talking about suicide and wanting to die. The book makes the argument that this kind of involuntary commitment is unconstitutional, and further argues that most hospitalization for suicidality, even voluntary hospitalization, is counterproductive. One of the major answers is greater focus on peer support and PCAs. The book discusses over a thousand cases and makes a number of important policy recommendations. Read more about Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws: Examining Current Approaches to Suicide in Policy and Law...
□ Healing Voices, a new film chronicling the lives of individuals experiencing mental health issues and extreme states, is now in production. The film examines mainstream mental healthcare and psychiatry in the United States through the lens of individuals at various stages of their mental health story; it explores the stigma of psychiatric diagnoses, the role of trauma, pharmacology, alternatives to the "one-size-fits-all" medical model, and the power of storytelling in recovery. "Healing Voices" is being promoted on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. Click here to learn more.
□NARPA congratulates Disability Rights International Founder and Executive Director, Eric Rosenthal, recipient of the 2012 Public Service Award from the University of Chicago. Eric is a long-time rights activist and NARPA supporter. Read more.
□Making a Killing: Clinical trials have become marketing exercises for Big Pharma -- and cash-strapped universities are helping make the sale
□ NARPA's statement on the Arizona tragedy
□Disability Rights New Jersey has filed a federal lawsuit regarding the involuntary administration of medication to psychiatric patients in New Jersey's public and private hospitals. The lawsuit alleges that the current procedures, which do not provide for an independent review in the event of a challenge to the need for involuntary medication, violate individual rights and fail to conform to present standards of good clinical practice.
Click here for of the complaint.
Click here for the opinion denying protective order.
Click here for the opinion regarding motion to dismiss.
□ UN Calls Shock Treatment at Massachusetts School "Torture" - See ABC News' report and read Mental Disability Rights International's full report on the Judge Rotenberg Center. Update (May 2011): Founder and director of Massachusetts “Shock School” resigns after being indicted on criminal charges. MDRI's Report concludes with an "urgent appeal" to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, demanding the US end the torture of people with disabilities immediately. And see the Op-ed in the Washington Post, "Disabled children at Mass. school are tortured, not treated" (10/2/10).
□— Federal prosecutors say the world’s largest pharmaceutical company is too big to fail. When Pfizer was caught illegally marketing a drug that was taken off the market, the feds agreed to charge a shell company which exists solely for the purpose of pleading guilty and taking the heat off Pfizer. A report from CNN's Special Investigations Unit.
Report of the National Council on Disability:
" From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities Speak for Themselves" -- With a link to the full report as well as information about how to order a free copy.
Judi Chamberlin Papers - University of Massachusetts Special Collections & University Archives
Washington Post , New York Times, and PRNewswire
The Rights Tenet Update -- The online version of NARPA's Rights Tenet newsletter. With coverage of the battles against forced drugging laws, the "parity" controversy, the Supreme Court vs. the ADA, etc.
The New York State Office of Mental Health is promoting the psychiatric drugging of children: Haldol, Adderall, and Dexedrine for 3 year olds, lithium and Depakote for 2 year olds? See this booklet - a Q & A on using medications with children with mental disorders - published by the State of New York for parents of young children.
Alaska Supreme Court Strikes Down Forced Psychiatric Drugging Procedures |
In a resounding affirmation of personal liberty and freedom, the Alaska Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Myers v. Alaska Psychiatric Institute. The court found Alaska's forced psychiatric drugging regime to be unconstitutional when the state forces someone to take psychiatric drugs without proving it to be in their best interests or when there are less restrictive alternatives. The Decision also points out that Alaska Statutes require the hospital to honor a patient's previously expressed desires regarding psychiatric medications. Read more...
An open letter responding to the media campaign to undermine the rights of people with mental illnesses
| New York High Court Condones Shocking Injustice: New York State'sj udicial system has abdicated its role and has virtually given the State's Office of Mental Health carte blanche to force unwanted electroshock on New Yorkers. Read PsychRights' press release, NARPA's amicus brief in the Simone D. case, and more... |
In Memory and Celebration of Rae Unzicker
Curing the Therapeutic State -- Thomas Szasz on the medicalization of American life. An interview from Reason magazine