Urgent global mental health needs
global health.jpgInsufficient resources for global mental health impedes economic development and shortens life expectancy. The link between mental health and other non-communicable diseases has led stakeholders to speak out about rededicating energy to making this a central priority in global health. []
Work force shortage for mental health staff in low and middle income countries is 362,000.
Click here for The Lancet's Global Mental Health podcast about the global crisis in providing evidence-based services respectful of human rights, especially in low and middle income countries. Disparities The interview corresponds to the opening of the World Federation of Mental Health conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 17-21.... []
Ronald Reagan, mental health, and spin
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Juvenile detention centers, jails, hospitals fail New Yorkers
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Too many juveniles are ending up in prisons that are isolating them, failing to meet their mental health needs, absent plans to return successfully to the community, costing too much, and just plain inappropriate says a report commissioned by the Vera Institute.This is just one of the many reports about failures in New York State that are hurting people suffering with a mental illness. []
Obama ready to outlaw hate crimes
Disabilities will be protected under federal provisions of hate crimes in new law on the way to President Obama's desk for signature. Not all lawmakers agreed that the federal government should play a role in federalizing hate crimes. According to the New York Times "Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, said he agreed that hate crimes were terrible. "That's why they are already illegal," Mr. DeMint said, asserting that the new law was a dangerous, even "Orwellian" step toward... []
Al Jazeera reports criminalization of mental illness in US
Al Jazeera's investigative English speaking program, Fault Line, has created a two-part video series about how people with a mental illness are treated in the United States. . . []
Loathsome prison conditions for mentally ill
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With one psychiatrist for every 1,000 inmates, and more than two dozen current investigations into civil rights violations, America faces a human rights crisis in its jails and prisons. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) called current practices of incarcerating people with a mental illness "loathsome, indefensible" during yesterday's congressional hearings "Human Rights at Home: Mental Illness in U.S. Prisons and Jails." . . . []
More than half of all prisoners in the United States have a mental illness.
Read more from the opening statement of Sen. Dick Durbin at the (Sept. 15, 2009) Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearings, "Human Rights at Home: Mental Illness in U.S. Prisons and Jails." ... []
Prison chain wants psychiatric hospital
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Private prison companies are expanding their operations to include the management of psychiatric hospitals. . . []
Forced ECT
A court order mandating electroshock therapy (ECT) for a 54-year-old Minnesota man with schizophrenia has drawn public outcry. Ray Sandford has been receiving ECT since May against his will. Unable to get them stopped, he contacted MindFreedom International for help. Sanford, who is a guardian of Lutheran Social Services, complains of headaches and memory loss and his mother concurs. She told Minnesota Public Radio that after an initial improvement, she expected they would stop. He no longer recognizes family members.... []
Esmin Green remembered
David Gonzalez writes about a demonstration remembering Esmin Green. []
England's new law on forced treatments
iStock PhotoLaws compelling outpatient treatment took effect in England earlier in the week, and the controversy mirrors debates in the US. Proponents argue mandatory treatment reduces hospitalization and promotes public safety while critics oppose coercion and point to considerable side effects. Results inconclusive In the end, reports the Guardian, analysis of 28 studies led experts to conclude, "There is very little evidence to suggest that CTOs [community treatment orders] are associated with any positive outcomes and there is justification for... []
345,000 people with a mental illness are in prisons.
Read more from the American Prospect.... []
345,000 people with a mental illness are in prisons.
Read more from the American Prospect.... []
Psychiatry and torture
As the current war on torture itself turned to torturing prisoners in Guantanamo, and during rendition, has the military asked psychiatrists to violate ethical boundaries and even international agreements? The 9.11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the tensions imposed by military service for psychiatrists, including certifying soldiers for redeployment. ... []
Psychiatry and torture
As the current war on torture itself turned to torturing prisoners in Guantanamo, and during rendition, has the military asked psychiatrists to violate ethical boundaries and even international agreements? The 9.11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the tensions imposed by military service for psychiatrists, including certifying soldiers for redeployment. ... []
Psychiatry and torture
As the current war on torture itself turned to torturing prisoners in Guantanamo, and during rendition, has the military asked psychiatrists to violate ethical boundaries and even international agreements? The 9.11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the tensions imposed by military service for psychiatrists, including certifying soldiers for redeployment. ... []
Psychiatry and torture
As the current war on torture itself turned to torturing prisoners in Guantanamo, and during rendition, has the military asked psychiatrists to violate ethical boundaries and even international agreements? The 9.11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the tensions imposed by military service for psychiatrists, including certifying soldiers for redeployment. ... []
Violence, mental health and human rights
Several articles in the August 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association address the relationship between violence and mental health. Articles have an international focus, and examine the impact of combat and armed conflict for military personnel exposed to combat; child soldiers in Nepal; children in Indonesia; citizens exposed to violence in Liberia; and sexual violence toward women in India.... []
Psychiatric disorders at Guantanamo
A report released from Human Rights Watch, Locked Up Alone indicates that many of the prisoners at Guantanamo have developed psychiatric symptoms of a thought disorders such as schizophrenia (hallucinations, voices, self-mutilation), or anxiety, PTSD, depression which have led to suicide attempts during their detainment. The YouTube video shows a supervised press visit in March.... []
Report slams Delaware Psychiatric Center
A bipartisan committee of Delaware’s General Assembly released a blistering report about problems in the Delaware Psychiatric Center. It spared no words on the administration which it said failed to address "an atmosphere of abuse, neglect and intimidation.” In the past six months, The News Journal published 130 articles exposing numerous incidents – some based on staff and whistle blowers, others on family or former patients – about threats to patient safety, assaults, rape, professional weakness, and general administrative mismanagement... []
Oregon’s hospitals unsafe
Restraints, assaults and environmental hazards, failure to monitor, to report and to protect are just a few of the threats to patient safety described in an on-line report of a Justice Department investigation into Oregon’s state hospital system. More than 600 patients receive treatment in two state facilities, including the Salem site, built in the 1880s. ... []
Ending solitary confinement in New York
A bill banning 24-hour solitary confinement for mentally ill prisoners in New York is on the way to Gov. Elliot Spitzer for signature. The measure was passed by the legislature after five years of intense lobbying from families, advocates, and professionals. ... []
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