Is Calling a Crisis Line Safe? – “Anonymous & confidential” is often a lie.
Crisis hotlines covertly trace some calls, and callers are shocked to get visited by police and incarcerated in psychiatric hospitals. Learn how, how often, and why it happens – and how to protect yourself.
By backdoor|2023-10-08T18:19:02+00:00October 8th, 2023|
Psychiatrist Awais Aftab read my book Your Consent Is Not Required and reviewed it for his “Psychiatry at the Margins” substack series, and then he and I engaged in an email discussion about different perspectives on forcing psychiatric interventions on people. Click to read part one and part two of our exchange.
By Rob Wipond|2023-08-21T21:45:44+00:00July 18th, 2023|
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.
By Rob Wipond|2023-07-10T17:30:04+00:00July 10th, 2023|
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 use a term like “best”–especially when I know all too well how many great books I couldn’t include–so I might have instead called mine a list of “books that, placed together, craft an insightful overall picture into contemporary involuntary commitment and forced psychiatric treatment.” In any case, I liked writing this, and if you’re an avid reader, you’ll probably enjoy meandering further through the
By Rob Wipond|2023-06-14T19:43:17+00:00June 14th, 2023|
Gabe Howard interviewed me for his popular Healthline PsychCentral podcast “Inside Mental Health.” Gabe identifies as bipolar, has personally experienced psychiatric detention, and has interviewed a wide array of guests over the years of his podcasts, and brought some deep and unique understandings of the issues from my book Your Consent Is Not Required.
By Rob Wipond|2023-05-05T20:25:57+00:00April 29th, 2023|
“ASK US ANYTHING about how involuntary psychiatric commitment and forced drugging laws and hearings work, and the best ways to navigate them.” A live YouTube discussion event with lawyer Jim Gottstein, journalist Rob Wipond, and psychiatric survivor Janet Werner. Thursday May 4, 2023 at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern. Watch the video on YouTube here.
By Rob Wipond|2023-04-25T03:14:19+00:00April 25th, 2023|
One of Canada’s top psychiatric civil rights lawyers and legal scholars, Anita Szigeti, describes Your Consent Is Not Required: “…informative, eye-opening… Having worked as a defence lawyer representing ten thousand individuals embroiled in the justice system consequent to being diagnosed with a mental disorder over 30 years at the bar, I know that Wipond’s thoughtful analysis is right on all fronts… There has not been much, if anything of this nature available in print, until now… should be required reading for anyone involved in supporting, treating, caring for or representing persons living with serious mental health issues.” Click here to read the full review.
By Rob Wipond|2023-04-03T19:36:12+00:00April 3rd, 2023|
From the “Side Effects” column at Psychology Today: “…timely… exhaustive… powerful… Wipond’s comprehensive study unearths health and social services replete with poor-to-dreadful outcomes, lax oversight, and protocols seemingly rigged against those most in need: the vulnerable, destitute, and marginalized.” Click here to read the whole review of Your Consent Is Not Required.