Recommended reading:Fwd: [MADNATION] STUFF: 2/24/99

Morgan Brown (
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 12:17:28 EST


FYI: Below is an excerpt from today's 
(Wednesday, February 24, 1999) MadNation 
Stuff regarding force and coercion in the 
"mental health" industry which may be of 
interest to you and others you may know.

The Web addresses provides links to what I
recommend as must reading of the entire texts 
which are referenced by the excerpts quoted 
in today's MadNation's Stuff.

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Morgan <>
Morgan W. Brown
Montpelier VT USA


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On: Wednesday, February 24, 1999 at 06:10:38 -0600
Via: MadNation Activism Announcement List
Vicki Fox Wieselthier <vickifw@STLOUIS.MISSOURI.ORG> sent:

February 24, 1999
MadNation Daily Stuff

Speech made yesterday by the President of the New York 
Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services 
(NYAPRS), expressing their opinion of what Torrey, TAC, 
NAMI call "assisted treatment" and, more specifically, 
"Kendra's Law".


One of many good points:

"[...]When all is said and done, we know what works 
and what doesn't work. Force doesn't work. Force is 
violence that encourages helplessness, kills
self-esteem and chases away hope for recovery. Force, 
in one fashion or another, has been the hallmark of 
traditional mental health services since their 
beginnings. Force doesn't lead to 
recovery...or even to well- being. Force is based on 
fear which is based on stigma - false ideas of what 
mental illness is and who becomes psychiatrically 
disabled. [...]"



"Involuntary Mental Health Interventions
And Coercive Practices in Changing
Mental Health Care Delivery Systems:
The Consumer Perspective

Jean Campbell, Ph.D. Missouri Institute of Mental Health


Someone once commented to me that because people who are 
labeled as mentally ill have so little resources and power 
in their lives, that their rights as citizens of the United 
States -- constitutional rights--assume even greater 
importance to them. In other words, issues of freedom and
liberty may have greater value to people that have little 
material resources, and are disempowered as a consumer 
health group. In addition, the potential of being 
involuntarily incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital where 
you may be forced to submit to services and drugs you do not 
want may make your freedom and rights more dear to you.

In discussing involuntary mental health interventions and 
coercive practices, the value of freedom and choice in 
services, the negative consequences of coercion, the 
ubiquitous stereotype of the violent mental patient, and 
the perceptions of coercion by consumers need to be
considered. These issues infuse the context of this 
discussion, but may not be apparent in the more narrowly 
framed research and policy questions addressed by mental 
health professionals."


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