“Coercive Mental Health Legislation Threatens Rights of People”

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“Hailed as a rare bipartisan victory, the Murphy Bill lets politicians falsely claim progress against gun violence while stigmatizing people with ‘mental illness,’ undermining civil liberties and diverting attention away from institutionalized racism and structural poverty,” Sadie Ryanne Baker writes for TruthOut. “Actually, it does nothing to increase access to vital resources or address the pandemic of police violence against people with mental illness.”

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14 COMMENTS

    • IT DOES NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ignorance of the issues and an inability to critically examine them threatens your rights. Christ, I need a break from this site. Have a good day, everyone. Stay safe. If you get into a “situation,” just go limp. Drop to the ground. I guarantee you if you are in Canada and white, you won’t get shot (by a police officer, anyways).

      Nobody cares if you take medication. They care that you stay well and don’t bother other citizens. That’s not a lot to ask. Find whatever route works for you. Organic sultanas (tip of the hat to RR for that one), yoga, vigorous physical exercise, massive doses of Risperdal, WHO GIVES A SHIT? Just stay safe, people!

    • Okay, so Big Pharma has shitloads of money and has corruption in the ranks. So what? Some of those medications are life-saving. Why do you think I’m safe and sane right at this moment? That’s right! Because I’m on meds (until they wear off, at which time I’ll be at work). Work is therapeutic and positive. That’s why I’ve been there since 1998.

      • Perhaps you are one of the lucky few that the drugs have done some good for. Most people have experienced them to be very destructive of their lives in many ways. People taking these drugs tend to die 25 years earlier than they should because of the effects of these drugs. Personally, I don’t want to live a tranquilized life where the frontal lobes of my brain are atrophied and smaller in size than they should be. Plus I don’t want to add another hundred pounds to my body weight nor do I want to grow breasts. Thanks but no thanks. And with the passage of this bill people can be forced to take the damned drugs against their will. If you want to take them that’s just fine but the state should not have the right to force “treatment” on anyone.

  1. People, can we do a thought experiment? Let’s suppose Francesca takes on BC’s Mental Health Act and wins what she’s fighting for, abolition of community health care. Let’s pretend that’s been done and I’m sitting here typing on my computer, not feeling particularly well but managing to keep it together. HOW IS IT MORE DANGEROUS FOR THERE TO BE A MENTAL HOSPITAL RIGHT DOWN THE STREET WHERE I NEED TO BE RIGHT NOW WHEN THAT IS EXACTLY WHERE I THINK I SHOULD GO YET THEY WON’T TAKE ME BECAUSE THEY DON’T LIKE ME BECAUSE I THREW A CUP OF COFFEE AT SOME STUPID BITCH WHO PROBABLY DESERVED IT AND NOW I HAVE A FUCKING CRIMINAL RECORD AND CAN’T GET OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND I’M HIGHLY SKILLED LEGAL ASSISTANT AND I CAN’T FIND A FUCKING PROPER JOB BECAUSE JONES EMERY FIRED ME WHILE I WAS RECOVERING FROM A SUICIDE ATTEMPT AND I COULDN’T GET TREATMENT WHEN I WAS MANIC AND THE MAN I LOVED MORE THAN THE WHOLE WORLD JUST COULDN’T TAKE IT ANY MORE AND LEFT ME AND THEN I GOT INTO THIS FUCKING RIDICULOUS STRING OF LAWSUITS AND THEY STOLE MY MONEY AND MADE A FOOL OUT OF ME AND JC WORD ASSIST WOULDN’T HIRE ME FOR THE PERFECT JOB BECAUSE I HAVE A FUCKING CRIMINAL RECORD SO I SUED THEM UNDER THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT AND WE SETTLED BUT THAT LEAVES ME WORKING AT ELAN DATA ENTRY FOR $15 AN HOUR AND I CAN ONLY WORK FOUR HOURS A DAY BECAUSE MY STRESS LEVEL IS THROUGH THE ROOF AND ALL I DESPERATELY WANT IS A SHOT OF ACCUPHASE AND THERE IS NOBOBY ON DR. NELSON COLLINS’ TEAM THAT UNDERSTANDS THE ISSUES EXCEPT ALEXIS AND SHE WENT OFF TO SOME BUREAUCRATIC GIG AND BRENDA DIDN’T RETURN A FUCKING URGENT CALL FROM A CLIENT THAT INVOLVED THE VICTORIA CITY POLICE COMING TO THE FERNWOOD INN YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND THE POLICE LEFT ME THERE BECAUSE I WAS JUST A NORMAL PERSON SO DON’T BITCH TO ME ON THIS SITE ABOUT YOUR PETTY BULLSHIT YOU’RE FUCKING MORONS I HATE I AM SWEARING OFF THE INTERNET AND GOING TO BUY SOME CIGARETTES YES I KNOW I DON’T SMOKE BUT IT’S TOO EARLY TO START DRINKING METHINKS

    Note that I’m fine now but I am not receiving telephone calls at this time. Have a great day, everyone.

    • “AND I COULDN’T GET TREATMENT WHEN I WAS MANIC”

      You would be more likely to get the treatment you want if they weren’t using up resources pushing psychiatry on people that don’t want it.

      I would have gladly given you my bed when I was stuck in a psychiatric hellhole wile the bled my insurance dry.