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To Be a Mental Patient
NARPA's 2011 Annual Rights Conference
NARPA - NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR RIGHTS PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY
NARPA Seattle 2014
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September3 - 6, 2014
Have You Ever Been Suicidal? Your Input Is Sought!
An amazing victory for mental health treatment reform activists and Robert Whitaker. On August 28, 2013, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) director, Thomas Insel, announced that psychiatry's standard treatment for people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses needs to change.
□Are Psychiatric Medications Making Us Sicker? - Several generations of psychotropic drugs have proven to be of little or no benefit, and may be doing considerable harm.
□ Connecticut Supreme Court Holds Lawyers, Conservators Accountable In Probate Cases: "The ruling has far-reaching implications for our troubled probate court system. It means that a court-appointed lawyer...cannot ignore the wishes of a client."
□Robert Whitaker on the New York Times' In Defense of Antidepressants: "... the American public has been treated to yet another dose of misinformation."
□ 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 congratulatesDisability 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:
Remembering a remarkable lawyer, naturalist, and civil rights hero
Listen to npr Morning Edition story (1/19/10) Boston Globeremembrance (1/20/10)
- In recent years, American ideas about psychiatric disorders have spread around the globe. Is that really good for the world’s mental health? Read this article by Ethan Watters from the New York Times. published in the medical journal, The Lancet. The article reviews two books: The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment by Joanna Moncrieff and Side Effects: a Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial by Alison Bass. Read the article here. "Kings County Hospital doctors, nurses facing charges in Esmin Green death-by-neglect case." And read the NYC Department of Investigation's report. - Why some mentally ill patients are rejecting their medication and making thecase for "mad pride" (a May 2009 Newsweek piece on Will Hall and the Icarus Project) Nora Jacobson features long time NARPA member and supporter Marj Berthold and her experiences in the Vermont mental health system. How Risperdal, a drug meant for treating rare psychiatric disorders, became the seventh best-selling medicine in the world.
□ FDA proposal to reclassify electroshock machines - and deem them safe in the absence of scientific evidence. Public comments were due by January 8, 2010. Learn about the FDA docket, find out how to view public comments online, and get additional information here. For background, see "The FDA’s Regulation of ECT (Shock Treatment): A Beginner (or Refresher) Course." here.
□ The Needs of People with Psychiatric Disabilities During and after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Position Paper and Recommendations - A report of the National Council on Disability, prepared and drafted by Susan Stefan and Ann Marshall of NARPA.
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