New data upends common beliefs about asylum closures, deinstitutionalization, and rates of psychiatric coercion. Many people who know almost nothing else about the mental health system can nevertheless recount the story of the “failure” of “deinstitutionalization” in America. The story is repeated so often that it’s widely accepted as if it were a famously indisputable
Alex Cohen interviewed me for her show "Inside the Issues" about my book Your Consent Is Not Required and efforts in California to expand forced psychiatric treatment laws. Click here to watch the show, with the interview beginning at about 33:00 minutes.
The best books for understanding contemporary involuntary commitment and forced psychiatric treatment
Shepherd is an intriguing website, where "8,000+ authors have shared five of their favorite books around a topic, theme, or mood." It's a fascinating way to get a little more insight into authors as they describe their own books, as well as get very personal, expert book recommendations from them. I'm a bit reluctant to
As contacts to the new 988 hotline number have risen, so have call tracing and police interventions, and 81,000 Americans in the past ten months have been subjected to coercive pressure or covert call tracing followed by unrequested visits from police and ambulance and psychiatric detentions. Read the story at Mad in America.
Despite the caricatures of people with mental illness, there is little evidence 'involuntary care' works. Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper published my opinion article; click here to read Forced Psychiatry is Expanding -- at Society's Peril. (You might have to clear your browser cache memory to see the free version.)