The NARPA Book Club
Books of interest and importance
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To Be a Mental Patient
by Rae Unzicker
Mad In America
The Bonkers Institute
NARPA's 2013 Annual Rights Conference
Hartford, CT, September 2013
Cincinnati, OH, September 2012
NARPA's 2011 Annual Rights Conference
Philadelphia, PA, September 2011
NARPA's 2010 Annual Rights Conference: (with m
Atlanta, GA, September 2010
Choice Not Force
●Recovery and Peer Run Programs
NARPA's2009 Annual Rights Conference:
Phoenix, AZ, September 2009
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Mad In America’s International Film Festival (October 9 - 12, 2014; Arlington, MA) will showcase both short and feature-length films from around the world. This four-day event will feature full mornings, afternoons, and evenings of films, panel discussions and key speakers as well as an opening night reception, a closing night dinner and awards gala, a performance of the highly acclaimed one-woman play “SICK” by Elizabeth Kenny, and possibly a performance by an up-and-coming musician from Europe. Visit the official festival site.
Have You Ever Been Suicidal? Your Input Is Sought!
reports the following: renowned mental health lawyer Susan Stefan is "writing a book about laws and policies around the world related to people who are suicidal, and she wants to hear your experiences. What works? What doesn't? What makes things worse? You can help her by taking this short, anonymous survey. And if you're willing to do an in-depth interview . . . please contact Susan at email@example.com. If the survey link has any hiccups, please let her, or us, know." At the same time, AttemptSurvivors.com wants to know how you have helped to shift the conversation about suicide in your community! Cara Anna, editor of What Happens Now?, will share the results. To participate, click here. ttemptSurvivors.com
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.
Remembering a remarkable lawyer, naturalist, and civil rights hero
Washington Post , New York Times, and PRNewswire
□ Crazy Like Us: The Americanization of Mental Illness- 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.
□ Read an essay sharply critical of the psychiatric industry,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.
□ Read the NY Daily News story,"Kings County Hospital doctors, nurses facing charges in Esmin Green death-by-neglect case." And read the NYC Department of Investigation's report.
□ Listening to Madness- 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)
□ "Tremors in the System: the help you want or the help you get"- a new 23minute film by Nora Jacobson features long time NARPA member and supporter Marj Berthold and her experiences in the Vermont mental health system.
□ Big Pharma Gone Wild:How Risperdal, a drug meant for treating rare psychiatric disorders, became the seventh best-selling medicine in the world.
□ UN: Forced Psychiatric Treatment is Torture
□ 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."
□ Maine's medication law challengedA new federal lawsuit, filed by the Disability Rights Center of Maine, challenges the constitutionality of a new law that allows patients in psychiatric facilities to be medicated against their will. The lawsuit, which was brought on behalf of an 83 year old woman, alleges that the law violates due process rights guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; The law fails to provide patients with adequate notice of a hearing or an opportunity to be heard before being deprived of their liberty. The lawsuit also claims that patients may be forced to take drugs that can cause death or have devastating and irreversible side effects, especially in elderly patients. Read more here.
□ Prozac.org: how the pharmaceutical industry works behind the scenes to shape public policy and push drugs.An article by Ken Silverstein from Mother Jones Magazine.
□ 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