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

Why Does Psychiatry So Often Get a Free Pass on Standards of Evidence?

The website HealthNewsReview.org specializes in publishing critiques of misleading press releases and news reports on health care and medicine. But they tend to let a lot of claims from psychiatry go largely unquestioned. Today, HealthNewsReview.org published my own review of one of their reviews. Why Does Psychiatry So Often Get a Free Pass on Standards

By |2015-12-23T01:38:43+00:00December 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Province to Rein in Police Chief Associations?

A surprise government announcement could lead to the resolution of long-standing controversies about police secrecy. The British Columbia provincial government has pledged to pass legislation to make the BC Association of Chiefs of Police and BC Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police “public bodies.” The announcement came from Bette-Jo Hughes, Chief Information Officer and Associate

By |2015-12-09T19:39:54+00:00December 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Research Suggests That Psychiatric Interventions Like Admission to a Mental Facility Could Increase Suicide Risk

A major study identifying the highest risk factors for suicide we’ve ever found has been barely discussed. (This article was published by AlterNet on October 23, 2014. I am republishing it here in full with some of the links to references included for those who are interested.) One of the most provocative studies of suicide

By |2015-12-09T19:36:52+00:00November 3rd, 2014|0 Comments
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