This week, MIA Radio is delighted to present the first in a series of interviews on the topic of the global “mental health” movement.” This series is being developed through a UMASS Boston initiative supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundation. The interviews are being led by UMASS PhD students who also comprise the Mad in America research news team.
Justin Karter writes:
In this episode, we interview Dr. Melissa Raven, who is a psychiatric epidemiologist, policy analyst and postdoctoral research fellow in the Critical and Ethical Mental Health research group at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Originally qualified as a clinical psychologist, she then worked as a lecturer and researcher in public health and primary health care. Her current mental health research and advocacy is informed by a strong social determinants perspective and a strong critical orientation, which she applies to a range of topics, including suicide prevention, workplace mental health, (over)diagnosis, (inappropriate) prescribing, and conflicts of interest in mental health and the broader health/welfare arena.
On October 10th, 2018, World Mental Health Day, The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development published a report outlining a proposal to “scale up” mental health care globally. At the same time, the UK government is hosting a Global Mental Health Ministerial Summit with the intention of laying out a course of action to implement these mental health policies globally.
In response, a coalition of mental health activists and service-users have organized an open letter detailing their concerns with the summit and report. The response has attracted the support of critical professionals, psychologists, psychiatrists, and researchers.
THE UK ‘NOT ALLOWED TO GET BETTER’ REGISTER
“..SMI referes to all individuals that have received a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder…”
I discovered my name on the Severe Mental Illness Register at London W2 5LT in 2012 :- 28 years after I had recovered. When I complained I was targeted.
fiachra—can you say more…what a problem..
Basically – once a person ‘has a Diagnosis’ – ‘getting better’ is not recognised. The person is considered Severely Mentally Ill for life, regardless.
The UK Severe Mental Illness Register can be acessed by any Health Professional so a person can be identified at a press of a button.
My experience is that ‘medical treatment’ becomes worse not better with this identification, and when a person complains doctors ‘close ranks’.
It’s a bit like the Star of David.
What is the premise behind “mental illness” labels? “Mental health”, of course. If “mental illness” is only a metaphor, a figure of speech, so is “mental health”.
I’m gratified to see demonstrations erupting all over the UK. They should be erupting all over the rest of the world as well. The Global “Mental Health” Movement is a actually global medicalization movement, and, as such, it needs to be opposed.
The “premise” or theory or idea behind mental illness as something real is “lost productivity”, as your pal Oldhead so eloquently stated somewhere below. Mental health is the antithesis. It’s productivity. The reality of lost productivity, or liability, is not a metaphor in this sense. The label, in and of itself, is. I don’t see how comparing a label of something real to something real that’s not attributed to a label in any way sensible.
The labeling serves to create a false economy. That’s the theory behind it.
As opposed to “found” productivity?
When you’ve got a system such as ours is, there are innumerable ways for things to go wrong, as well as innumerable ways for things to go right. Personally, my preference is for them to go right.
“Labeling” does create a false economy. Concurrent “unemployment”, too.
Yesterday’s news: Over the next decade the “surge” in “mental illness” cases will cause the world economy app. 16 trillion dollars — not so much for drugs, etc. but in “lost productivity.” Need I say more?
“Will cause” the world economy or “will cost” the world economy? Ultimately everyone is a liability. It’s built in to the debt based economy of our soulless existence. Paying back the debt is impossible. That being said, 16 trillion is meaningless.
Allow me to simplify a bit — the “lost” 16T represents the amount of labor the ruling .01% believe they would otherwise be entitled to extract from our hides that us lazy motherfuckers won’t be good for due to our goddamned “mental illnesses.”
Ah, grainy,. salty oldhead! Nobody could ever accuse you of tact, and I love that about you!
[pulls out a hammer, some wood glue, a few nails to shore up that soapbox. It’s been getting a workout lately!]
A place for everything and everything in its place. 🙂 (A great credo for housework too!)
The ruling .01% are not one entity acting in unison. If they all believed the same thing, that 16T is lost to them, it would make no sense for them to promote chronically disabling drugs.
In what way are you productive? Are you adding something, or in some way lessening the load? If so, what and how? Are you developing a rocket that can extract resources from mars and beyond? How much lost productivity do all the pensioners add up to?
Elon Musk is my hero.
There’s no surge in mental illness, life is always difficult. The medicalisation disables.
If you understand credit default swaps and collateralised debt obligations you understand that destruction is now monetized. This is what drove the last financial melt down. It is still happening. All those ‘mentally ill’ just out of jail convicts being given mortgages they could never afford…. tripping people into debt for a default mega payday is still on the cards. I’ve no idea if I’m on the The UK Severe Mental Illness Register but given what happened to me over three years, very much suspect so, yet my background doesn’t stop banks trying to flog me credit cards and other methods to tempt me into debt.
“Credit default swap” sounds just like the musical chairs game. It’s probably similar, but with a catch.
They are certainly a plug into psychosis… people are incentivised to create their own reality…destructive reality that is:
Mental health policies globally… “Global” My gosh ! Whats next “universal” the whole universe ? All of space and time , including planets, stars, galaxies ?
So anyway is it that the New World Order is going to be like the opposition to mental “disorder” putting all the disordered people into what ever the proper order is they decide on ?
Who are “they” ? T-H-E-Y
The Hierarchy Enslaving You.
CURTAILING THE COMMUNICABILITY OF PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS
Although psychiatric disorders are classified as non-communicable diseases, we believe this classification is too rigid and limiting. We present evidence of the communicability of psychiatric disorders through three major pathways:
infectious and ecological