From the Morning Star: Ruth Hunt looks at how excessive medication and violence have become part and parcel of mental health "treatment."
From CNN: When Antioch police officers arrived, they made no attempt to understand the situation and immediately grabbed Quinto from his mother's arms, the family's lawyer said.
From The Washington Post: A medical examiner ruled Prude’s death a homicide, and experts say officers neglected to use known tactics for helping people in crisis while arresting the 41-year-old man.
From The New Republic: The documentary and #FreeBritney movement treat the pop star’s conservatorship as strange and exceptional. The truth is much more troubling.
From SentinelSource.com: Looking for alternatives to arrest, police departments in Brattleboro and elsewhere are using their 24/7 presence and regular contact with drug users to refer them to treatment and other resources.
From NBC News: "I'm watching kids who used to love school become unenthused and unmotivated," said one Michigan-based pediatrician.
From the BBC: In Norway, the government has taken decisive action to try and improve the lives of psychotic people by giving them more power over their lives.
From It's Going Down: When we consider the horrors of the mental health industry, we should ask ourselves the same questions we ask of prisons and police. Can the system be “reformed,” or is it rotten to the core?
From Denverite: The Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program represents a more empathetic approach to policing that keeps people out of an often-cyclical criminal justice system.
From USA TODAY: "To expect a child to be able to overcome that biological [stress] response for the sake of compliance demonstrates a lack of understanding."
From The New York Times: New research into the health effects of our surroundings is spurring the development of facilities that feel more residential.
From Psychology Today: Calling for the permanent closure of Guantánamo would be an important milestone in the APA's fraught journey to reset its moral compass.
From The Sun: Many "new" treatments for depression have been a part of human cultures for millennia: compassion meditation, sweat lodges, fasting, and psychedelics like psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.
From The Atlantic: Two families called 911 to get help for their sons. They didn’t know that they’d be thrusting them into a complex and often brutal system.
From The Nation: Campaigns telling people to become “aware” and “reach out” are, at best, an incorrect diagnosis of the problem and at worst, gaslighting.
From Did You Used to be RD Laing?: "The ‘treatment’ that we give someone, is the way we treat that person. It should not be a noun, but an active verb."
From DW Documentary: Asia’s largest psychiatric facility is home to 1700 female patients—or "ghosts." Many were victims of violence, or simply rejected by their families.
From The New York Times: Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but rising mental health emergencies point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking.
From CBC: "They thought I was faking it because I was bipolar," Pontone said. "There are no words to describe what I went through that night."
From Medium: For many of us, therapy is just another room where we are stared at and made to feel defective—and that’s if we can afford to go at all.
From Sky News: Dr. Ed White discusses his recent report about the lack of medical support for people coming off antidepressants and the online support groups forming in their absence.
From Psychology Is: Millions of people are prescribed psychiatric drugs each year, but few understand how these drugs actually affect the brain.
From The Guardian: Mental health advocates have described the proposed reforms as an important step forward to treating people with respect and dignity.
From lonerwolf: There are two main types of spiritual emergency: mystical psychosis (hallucinations, mania, etc.) and the dark night of the soul (depression).
From The Globe and Mail: The solution is not to beat back the symptoms and return to business as usual, but to fan the flame of aliveness of the beautiful and healthier world that is in retreat.