Your Federal Government at Work
Last June the President hosted the National Conference on Mental Health to talk about how to raise awareness of mental health issues and make it easier for everyone to get the mental health care “they need.”
The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget proposal includes large amounts of taxpayer money helping teachers recognize signs of “mental illness” in their students and referring them to “mental health care;” supporting state-based mental health programs aimed young people ages 16-to-25; and training 5,000 additional mental health professionals with an emphasis on treating these students and young adults.
The goal is to have more Americans seek mental health treatment, and make sure that their insurance pays for it.
The Affordable Care Act is a major player in this big brother view of mental heath care, expanding mental health benefits and federal insurance parity protections for more than 60 million Americans. There are 314 million Americans, so this expansion is aimed at roughly 20% of the entire U.S. population. The Affordable Care Act requires new health plans to cover depression screenings for adults and behavioral assessments for children, and soon insurance companies will no longer be able to deny health care coverage to anyone because of a pre-existing mental health condition.
Are you looking forward to this? Are you not excited about the government guaranteeing “treatment” for all the fraudulent mental disorders in the new DSM-5? Get ready to sign up, because the Whitehouse knows what’s good for you!
The only thing is, they are not talking about the rampant fraud and abuse in the mental health care industry, and the very real damage that psychiatric drugs and treatments cause. They are not funding any efforts to curb the fraud and abuse. They are certainly not suggesting that psychiatry itself is a fraudulent and abusive practice.
What can you do about it? As a non-political organization, we are not suggesting political action. But we are suggesting that you Find Out and Fight Back in a manner consistent with your own views in the matter. Occasionally we might make some particular suggestions about what you can do.
Speaking of which, here are some suggestions.
Review the material on the various CCHR websites and in the various CCHR publications and documentaries. You can start here: www.CCHRSTL.org.
Satisfy yourself that psychiatry and the current mental health care industry in America does not have your best interests at heart.
Sure, people can have mental trauma, and they need effective care. However, psychiatry is harmful junk science; your family and friends deserve better. Find out about the alternatives to harmful psychiatric treatments.
Ask yourself how many people you know who are taking psychiatric drugs, and if you really think this is OK.
Support CCHR by becoming a member of CCHR St. Louis and request a DVD documentary. Show the documentary to your family, friends and associates; to your school groups and church groups; to your legislators; to your attorney and your insurance provider. You get the idea. Tell us what you did.
Give a CCHR documentary or booklet to someone.
Contact your local, state and federal officials, and let them know what you think about the fraud and abuse in the mental health industry. Write Letters to the Editor of your local news media.
Forward this newsletter to everyone you know and recommend they subscribe.
Volunteer some time to help CCHR fight back. Donate some funds to help CCHR fight back.
Execute a Living Will — a Letter of Protection Against Unwanted Psychiatric Incarceration and/or Treatment.
Report all instances of complaints and adverse psychotropic drug reactions to your national drug regulatory agency. In the U.S. this is at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
There are many other ways to help. The alternative may be a United States where everyone is taking psychiatric drugs on government orders.