Thursday, July 9, 2020

Comments by Colleen2

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  • Thank you for sharing your story, M. Reid. Your perspective is a valuable one, and I’m heartened to hear that your world view and the language you use to describe it has changed in favor of a nonpathologizing viewpoint.

    You mentioned that you have a social work background. I was under the impression that social work tended to focus on environmental factors in what we can call “mental health”. Do you find this to be accurate in your studies?

    “In this story, I reflect upon actions I took that hindered people’s freedoms and perhaps violated their human rights” There is no perhaps. You were complicit in violating their human rights. But as a survivor of violence like the kind you witnessed, I’m extending empathy towards you, not judgment. Violence cuts both ways, albeit asymmetrically. I can only imagine what a hard and miserable place that must be to be in, to know that you have hurt other people, especially people who were vulnerable and in your care, and it is a great testament to your character that you are willing to change and grow and improve, which is ultimately all we can do as humans. That said, how are you using your privileges to advocate for a more just system? Are you amplifying psych survivor voices? Educating your colleagues? Advocating for peer respites, which are remarkably close to the alternative you allude to?

    Thank you for sharing your story. It is a valuable perspective, and I can only hope it inspires other people in the system to act according to their consciences.

  • You seem to be ultimately asking at what point is psychiatric violence acceptable, and my answer is never. It is never acceptable to abuse another human being. Period. I don’t care about hypothetical scenarios at all. It is never acceptable to abuse another person. Alternatives to psychiatric violence? Peer support, peer-run facilities, Open Dialogue, etc. Don’t have them? Start advocating for change, so you don’t have to be complicit in violence. Raise up voices of psychiatric survivors, keep safe spaces for survivors, talk with your law-makers to provide funding for humane alternatives, etc.

    Secondly, I am concerned for the people whose histories you cite. You are not them, and as such, you have no idea how psychiatric violence affected any of these people, whose histories you casually cite, pseudonym or not, as if they are not capable of finding this site. I doubt they consented to any of this, and I’d advise you to consider just whom it serves when you cite people’s personal lives like that.

    Nothing about us, without us.