Suicide Hotlines Bill Themselves as Confidential — Even as Some Trace Your Call

Every year US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline centers covertly trace tens of thousands of confidential calls, and police come to homes, schools, and workplaces to forcibly take callers to psychiatric hospitals. Some people’s lives get upended.   Public support for the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is soaring. In 2017, the rapper Logic released a

By |2020-11-29T21:32:25+00:00November 29th, 2020|0 Comments

Will the Mental Health Industry Undermine the Community-based Climate Change Revolution?

As mainstream mental health ideas and approaches are increasingly incorporated by community resilience-building groups, critics warn about the dangers of pathologizing and medicalizing reactions to climate change. Read the article on Mad in America.  

By |2020-09-14T22:30:08+00:00September 14th, 2020|0 Comments

Reporting Flu Vaccine Science

Many news articles about a study of influenza vaccine and miscarriages raised good questions—but for questionable reasons, reports Rob Wipond. (This article appeared in The BMJ (British Medical Journal), January 5, 2018.) When reporting on medical studies, the popular press has a habit of sensationalising. So the muted response to a recent research paper

By |2020-08-07T06:57:13+00:00January 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Escape from British Columbia

Some people say that our province’s strong mental health laws save lives. A constitutional court challenge says they lead to discrimination, abuse, fear and the flight of psychiatric refugees. THE PSYCHIATRIC NURSE held out a paper cup with pills. Sarah clasped a handwritten note. Having learned not to protest loudly, the 24-year-old gave the nurse

By |2016-11-13T02:15:48+00:00November 13th, 2016|0 Comments
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