Thursday, December 9, 2021

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NCMHR Calls for Ending Police Role in Mental Health Crises

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From National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery: NCMHR calls for using the increased mental health funding to expand voluntary, trauma-informed, community-based care.
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The Year I Lost Everything, Psychiatry Offered Nothing

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After a failed suicide attempt following my son's death, New York State incarcerated me in a mental institution for 21 days. The environment was degrading, stultifying, and downright depressing.

An Open Letter to National Association of Social Workers on Law Enforcement

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From Medium: Rather than immediately endorsing President Trump’s executive order, we need to examine our existing relationships with law enforcement

Youth Antidepressant Use Associated With Increased Suicide and Self-Harm

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National data on rates of youth antidepressant prescription, suicide, and self-harm in Australia sparks public health debate about drug safety.

The Secret History of “Criminally Insane”

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From Aeon: Until the 20th century, little was known about mental illness. Judging whether a person was deranged – seriously mentally ill and irrational – was seen as a matter for common knowledge.

Amid COVID, People Involuntarily Confined in Psych Hospitals Must Be Released

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From Truthout Holding people in congregate environments dramatically increases risk of coronavirus-related illness up to and including death.
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Suicide & Candy Corn: The Utility and Challenges of Risk Assessments

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Researchers admit their suicide risk assessments work only about as well as random guessing, and they can lead to harm. We can instead focus on finding new ways to form connections that might help tether someone to this world.

Chinese Philosophy Has Long Known That Mental Health Is Communal

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From Psyche: Often overlooked are the ways in which social norms, cultural beliefs and communal attitudes contribute to mental illness.
Kerry O'Malley

Kerry O’Malley: A Personal Struggle Against Forced Medication

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Neglect for personal autonomy is a pervasive attitude in the mental health system. No human being should be stripped of their dignity and autonomy, much less a vulnerable 74-year-old woman.

Instrument of the Machine No More

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Early in my social work career, I truly believed that medication and forced confinement helped heal “mental illness.” Then an abrupt awakening completely altered my worldview.

ECT Depression Therapy Should Be Suspended, Study Suggests

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From The BBC: The study's joint author, Prof Irving Kirsch, said "The failure to find any meaningful benefits in long-term benefits compared to placebo groups are particularly distressing."
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Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness in Light of the Pandemic?

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Now that so many are experiencing distress because of the coronavirus, can we not appreciate that many who have been labeled mentally ill have long experienced these kinds of hardships?

The “Mentally Ill” Are LESS Dangerous

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From Daniel Kriegman: Releasees who had been identified as having a mental illness but lacked a history of substance abuse had the lowest rate of recidivism.
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Defunding the Police: Replacing Guns With Prescription Pads Is Not the Answer

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Mental health workers responding to emergency calls and crises results in coercion, labelling and othering, paternalism, force, and, yes, even violence, all under the guise of “for your own good.”

I Lost Direction, Forgot the Way Home – Fighting ECT

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From Israel Hayom: Just as they do not know how the treatment mechanism works, they also do not know how to predict damages or prevent them.

Study Finds SSRIs Associated with Increased Risk for Violent Crime

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Study finds an apparent connection between SSRIs, the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant, and increased risk of violent crime.

D.C.’s Mayor Fights for Control of Her City at Trump’s Front Door

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From The New York Times: Kenneth T. Kucinelli of the Department of Homeland Security compared Mayor Bowser's requests with the mentally ill wanting less medication.

JAMA Psychiatry Retracts Antidepressant Study

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Once an appropriate statistical method was used, the study findings were “no longer valid,” according to the editors of JAMA and JAMA Psychiatry.
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Does Stranger Mean Danger?

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Are those diagnosed with “mental illness” more dangerous than other people? Or have we evolved to sense danger from anything that we believe to be different or "strange"?

Stop Saying This: Phrases That Sound Helpful, But Are Actually Gaslighting, Part 1

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Therapists seem to have a reference book where they go to find phrases that sound really helpful but are actually gaslighting and self-serving.

Donald Trump’s Assault on Mental Health

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From CNN: Chris Cillizza explains how Trump has a pattern of using mental health and mental illness to mock and denigrate his enemies
protesters with a sign reading "silence is suicide"

Black Suicidality and Mental Health #BlackLivesMatter

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Suicides in Black communities can be understood to be caused by an institutionalized inequality that requires Black folks to negotiate their quality of life with life itself.

George Floyd’s Autopsy and the Structural Gaslighting of America

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From Scientific American: As physicians, we will not be complicit in the ongoing manipulation of medical expertise to erase government-sanctioned violence.
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End Police “Wellness Checks.” Now.

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If you are a mental health worker or advocate, there's a way to help dismantle police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S.

12 Black Mental Health and Wellness Resources to Follow on Instagram

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From Vogue: For us to be able to do this work constantly, we have to take care of ourselves, and that is so hinged on us having access and tools

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