Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

Migrant Children, a New Psychiatric Patient Pool?

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Migrant Children, a New Psychiatric Patient Pool?

While we hesitate to comment on the controversy surrounding the federal government’s amnesty program for illegal immigrants, we do see a potential effect of interest to the concerns of CCHR and those who recognize the potential for psychiatric fraud and abuse.

The Wall Street Journal reported that “Such students [illegal aliens, or “migrant children”] often require a variety of services, including subsidized meals, English-language instruction, tutoring and psychological counseling…”

It’s that last phrase, “psychological counseling”, that caught our attention.

Could migrant children be considered a new pool of patients to be abused by the psychiatric and psychological industries?

There are already research articles being published on the “mental health of migrant children.” Look out for a proliferation of media, studies, and requests for funding for this expanding population as a new pool of “mental health care” patients.

Contact your local, state and federal officials and your school boards to be on the lookout for psychiatric fraud and abuse within the migrant population.

State of Fear

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

State of Fear

The following extended quote is from the author’s appendix to the novel State of Fear by Michael Crichton. Stay with us here, we’re sure you’ll get the importance of it quickly.

“Imagine that there is a new scientific theory that warns of an impending crisis, and points to a way out.

“This theory quickly draws support from leading scientists, politicians, and celebrities around the world. Research is funded by distinguished philanthropies, and carried out at prestigious universities. The crisis is reported frequently in the media. The science is taught in colleges and high school classrooms.

“I don’t mean global warming. I’m talking about another theory, which rose to prominence a century ago.

“These efforts had the support of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the National Research Council. It was said that if Jesus were alive, he would have supported this effort.

“All in all, the research, legislation, and molding of public opinion surrounding the theory went on for almost half a century. Those who opposed the theory were shouted down and called reactionary, blind to reality, or just plain ignorant. But in hindsight, what is surprising is that so few people objected.

“Today, we know that this famous theory that gained so much support was actually pseudoscience. The crisis it claimed was nonexistent. And the actions taken in the name of this theory were morally and criminally wrong. Ultimately, they led to the deaths of millions of people.

“The theory was eugenics, and its history is so dreadful—and, to those who were caught up in it, so embarrassing—that it is now rarely discussed. But it is a story that should be well known to every citizen, so that its horrors are not repeated.”

There is a lot more the author has to say about this; we highly recommend it.

He reaches some conclusions:

“First, … there was no scientific basis for eugenics. … Second, the eugenics movement was really a social program masquerading as a scientific one. … Third, and most distressing, the scientific establishment in both the United States and Germany did not mount any sustained protest. … And that is why the intermixing of science and politics is a bad combination, with a bad history. We must remember the history, and be certain that what we present to the world as knowledge is disinterested and honest.”

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The psychiatric profession, the original perpetrators of eugenics, purports to be the sole arbiter on the subject of mental health and “diseases” of the mind. The facts, however, demonstrate otherwise. Psychiatric “disorders” are not medical diseases. Psychiatrists deal exclusively with mental “disorders,” not diseases. Psychiatry has never established the cause of any “mental disorders.” The theory that mental disorders derive from a “chemical imbalance” in the brain is unproven opinion, not fact. The brain is not the real cause of life’s problems.

In 1883, British psychologist Francis Galton created the term “eugenics,” from the Greek word eugenes, meaning “good stock,” and defined certain racial groups as “inferior.” Through their history of invented racial “diseases,” psychiatry and psychology have not only legitimized modern racism, but also provided the justification for outright genocide.

In 1879, German psychologist Wilhelm Wundt of Leipzig University provided the ultimate scientific “proof” for eugenics and racism, by arrogantly declaring that as man’s soul could not be measured with scientific instruments, it did not exist.

In 1895, Alfred Ploetz, a Swiss-German psychiatrist, published his race inferiority theories. Hitler and his Nazi regime would use this to promote their brand of eugenics.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood of America and a eugenicist, planned to exterminate the Negro population by sterilization.

1n 1994, Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein’s book The Bell Curve arrogantly and audaciously claimed that African-Americans and Hispanics are genetically disabled.

In the last few months, violence erupted across the U.S. as racial tensions were fueled by conflicts with police. Police department Crisis Intervention Teams across the country are being taught by psychiatrists and psychologists how to “handle” people with mental trauma.

If you think these attitudes have been purged from society, think again.

And who is it that claims to be able to ease these conflicts? Why of course, get some counseling from your local psychologist and get some anti-anxiety drugs from your local psychiatrist. They should know; after all, their professions created the attitudes in the first place.

OK, yes, we know that there was undoubtedly racial tension prior to 1883. We know you might have been rankled at the phrase “their professions created the attitudes in the first place.” But we’re not the Boston Fern here, tracing our ancestry back to the Garden of Eden. (To make a racially suspect joke about it.) We’re trying to make a point, and we think belaboring that point is necessary, because so many people around the country are simply not being allowed to get it.

The point is, racism is alive today because it is being continually created and reinforced by psychiatry and psychology, as it has been for at least the last 132 years.

The U.S. President’s Commission on Excellence in Education revealed that 40% of children in Special Education were falsely labeled with learning disorders simply because they weren’t taught to read.

For minorities, Special Education is covert psychiatric racism; a means of getting millions of children hooked on mind-altering psychiatric drugs.

For many years, schools have employed destructive psychological curricula, and are constantly pushing for compulsory “depression screening” of schoolchildren.

The psychiatric profession has a profit interest in ensuring that racist ideas continue to influence us — in our educational institutions, religious institutions, and other areas of society. The way to ensure freedom from their consequences is to continue to identify and limit the influence of the exact source of this social poison—psychiatrists and psychologists.

For more information about racism, download and read the CCHR booklet “Creating Racism – Psychiatry’s Betrayal – Report and recommendations on psychiatry causing racial conflict and genocide.”

The Accessibility of Care

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

The Accessibility of Care

The political, financial and medical worlds rank the mental health of the nation’s citizens based on their access to “mental health care”, not on the actual state of their mental health nor on the outcomes of treatment. New reports from Mental Health America underscore these wrong targets.

These are some of the measures used in these reports to rank the 50 states and the District of Columbia on their citizens’ mental health status:

  • Number of people with “mental illness”
  • Number of children who have “Emotional Behavioral Developmental Issues” (EBD)
  • Number of people who have suicidal thoughts or who have attempted suicide
  • Number of children who have had “at least one major depressive episode”
  • Number of people who do not have access to mental health care or to mental health care insurance
  • State hospital re-admission rates

As you are undoubtedly aware, counting the number of people with “mental illness” or with “EBD” or with “depression” is totally specious, as the diagnostic criteria in psychiatry’s billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), are fraudulent.

As you are also undoubtedly aware, counting the number of people who have suicidal thoughts or who have attempted suicide is equally specious, as some of the known side effects of psychotropic drugs are violent behavior, and suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide.

State hospital re-admission rates are evidently how they measure the effectiveness of treatment, under the assumption that the higher the re-admission rate the less effective the treatment. Again, a specious measure, as the side effects of psychotropic drugs all but guarantee re-admissions and thus provide an argument for even more “treatment.”

And if you did not already know, “specious” means “superficially plausible but actually wrong.”

The emphasis in these reports is to identify and treat so-called “mental illness” at the youngest age possible. The psychiatric industry wants to hire an additional 30,000 child psychiatrists to handle this imagined need.

So we are basically left to surmise that reporting on the mental health status of the various states is an attempt to “show” that there is not enough insurance available to get everyone, particularly children, into the mental health care system, and that the various insurance companies, states and the federal government need to spend more on this fraudulent, ineffective and abusive mental health care system.

Missouri, by the way, is ranked 22nd in its citizens’ overall access to this kind of mental health care. A critical aspect of these reports is to show the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on access to mental health care; particularly, they hope to show that the ACA does not provide enough improvement in access to psychiatric mental health care, and that more money is needed to get more children into this system and taking psychotropic drugs. One of the other targets of these reports is to provide evidence suggesting that the definition of “medically necessary” be expanded so that more people fit into the category of needing “behavioral health care,” and thus needing more psychotropic drugs.

The mental health monopoly has practically zero accountability and zero liability for its failures. This has allowed psychiatrists and psychologists to commit more fraud and abuse than any other area of health care.

The primary purpose of mental health treatment must be the therapeutic care and treatment of individuals who are suffering emotional disturbance. The only effective measure of this treatment must be “patients recovering and being sent, sane, back into society as productive individuals.”

For more information, visit www.CCHRSTL.org. Please forward this newsletter to your family, friends and associates, and recommend that they subscribe.

Take Action – Missouri Legislative News

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Take Action – Missouri Legislative News

The 2015 Missouri state legislative session (98th General Assembly, First Regular Session) starts January 7 and runs until May 15. The Pre Filing of bills started December 1, 2014.

Follow the Missouri legislature at www.moga.mo.gov (Missouri General Assembly) and find out how to contact your own Missouri state representatives here.

We wanted to tell you about proposed legislation that we think deserves your support. Please contact your Missouri state legislators regarding this bill; they do listen. In order of importance: personal contact, phone call, handwritten letter (blue ink), typed letter (blue ink signature), fax, email. Any contact is better than no contact.

It is a civic duty (responsibility of a citizen) to contribute to your government in this manner.

(If you do not live and vote in Missouri, then suggest to your own state representatives to introduce anti-psychiatric legislation in your state. You can find some model legislation here.)

HB = House Bill

Please contact your state legislators in support of HB 217 introduced by Representative Kenneth Wilson, Republican from District 12 (Clay and Platte counties north of Kansas City).

The bill specifies that a parent may not be charged with medical neglect (and have their child taken away from them) if they are following the advice of a licensed medical or mental health professional, even if that conflicts with another licensed medical or mental health professional. This is known as “Isaiah’s law,” prompted by the case of Isaiah Rider, a Kansas City area teen who had been legally kidnapped by a Chicago hospital.

Paraphrasing the major point of the bill:

No one shall file a report of abuse or neglect based solely on a parent’s or legal guardian’s decision to follow the recommended treatment of a licensed medical or mental health provider. A parent or legal guardian has the right to follow the advice and treatment plan of a licensed medical or mental health provider over a contrary opinion or recommended treatment plan of another licensed medical or mental health provider if the decision does not involve immediate life-threatening conditions. Even in the case of life-threatening conditions, the decision of the parent or legal guardian to follow the advice or treatment plan of a licensed medical or mental health provider shall not be overridden unless there is clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.

We think this is an important human rights protection, since we observe multiple cases where the state takes away children from parents who refuse to give psychiatric drugs to their children.

Is Marijuana a Treatment for Depression?

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Is Marijuana a Treatment for Depression?

Marijuana’s popularity may be based on the perception that it is safer than cigarettes and alcohol as a treatment for depression, but multiple studies show that marijuana is not the harmless drug many believe it is. It can have a negative impact on your mental health.

As is usual in a business involving large sums of money, controversy and misinformation are rampant. There are, however, enough facts to allow an unaddled brain to work out the connections and reach unbiased conclusions.

Myth: marijuana causes depression; or alternatively marijuana is a treatment for depression. There are as many studies, articles and arguments about one as about the other.

Fact: Neither view is totally accurate.

Marijuana is the word (thought to be Mexican-Spanish in origin) used to describe the dried flowers, seeds and leaves of the Indian hemp plant (genus Cannabis.) Etymologists think the name cannabis is from an ancient word for hemp (the name of the fiber made from the plant.)

Regardless of the name, this drug is a hallucinogen — a substance which distorts how the mind perceives the world. The chemical in cannabis that creates this distortion is tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly called THC. The amount of THC found in any given batch of marijuana may vary substantially, but overall the percentage of THC has increased in recent years due to selective breeding. Average THC levels in cannabis have grown from 1% in 1974 to up to 24% presently.

It has been found that consuming one joint gives as much exposure to cancer-producing chemicals as smoking five cigarettes. The mental consequences are equally severe; marijuana smokers have poorer memories and mental aptitude than do non-users. THC disrupts nerve cells in the brain affecting memory.

While alcohol consists of one active substance, ethanol, marijuana contains more than 400 known chemicals, including the same cancer-causing substances found in tobacco smoke. THC damages the immune system; alcohol does not. Nationwide, 40% of adult males test positive for marijuana at the time of their arrest for criminal conduct. Next to alcohol, marijuana is the second most frequently found substance in the bodies of drivers involved in fatal automobile accidents.

Short term effects can include panic and anxiety. Long term effects can include personality and mood changes. People take such drugs to get rid of unwanted situations or feelings. Marijuana masks the problem for a time; but when the high fades, the problem, unwanted condition or situation returns more intensely than before. One study found that marijuana users had 55% more accidents, 85% more injuries, and a 75% increase in being absent from work.

Drugs are essentially poisons. The amount taken determines the effect. A small amount acts as a stimulant; a greater amount acts as a sedative; an even larger amount can be fatal. This is true of any drug. But many drugs, like THC, can directly affect the mind by distorting the user’s perception, so that a person’s actions may be odd, irrational, inappropriate, and even destructive. Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones with the unwanted. So, while providing short-term help in the relief of pain, they also wipe out ability and alertness and muddy one’s thinking. Users think drugs are a solution; but eventually the drugs become the problem.

There are so many non-drug alternatives to mental issues that it makes one wonder why the drugs are so popular. Actually, we said it earlier — it is a business involving large sums of money. And if a person is depressed, whether a result of the joint or a precursor to the joint — there is your neighborhood doctor or psychiatrist ready to prescribe an anti-depressant.

The Cloward-Piven Strategy

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Cloward-Piven Strategy

The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political strategy outlined in 1966 by American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of a guaranteed annual income and thus “an end to poverty.”

[Cloward, Richard; Piven, Frances (May 2, 1966). “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty”. (Originally published in The Nation)]

You heard that right. The idea is to drastically increase the ranks of people on government welfare, crash the welfare system and force it to be replaced by — another government welfare system for everyone.

As Cloward and Piven put it, the ultimate objective of this strategy is to wipe out poverty by establishing a guaranteed annual income. In order to precipitate this crisis, the poor must obtain more and more welfare benefits until the system is overloaded.

This is just another suppressive way of redistributing income through the federal government.

Another part of the strategy is that welfare advocacy “must be supplemented by organized demonstrations to create a climate of militancy that will overcome the invidious and immobilizing attitudes which many potential recipients hold toward being ‘on welfare.'”

In other words, let’s create a dangerous environment so that people lose their natural inclination to be self-sufficient and hook them on government welfare.

“To generate an expressly political movement, cadres of aggressive organizers would have to come from the civil rights movement and the churches, …” Are you starting to see a pattern here with recent riots and demonstrations, largely fomented by people sent in from outside the affected community?

They go on to say, “By crisis, we mean a publicly visible disruption in some institutional sphere. Crisis can occur spontaneously (e.g., riots) or as the intended result of tactics of demonstration and protest which either generate institutional disruption or bring unrecognized disruption to public attention.”

Are you getting it yet? Do we really need to name Ferguson? Roughly a quarter of those rioters arrested were not residents of Missouri. One report has it that, “The real story out of Ferguson is that a national network of agitators is ready, on a moment’s notice, to arrive on the scene to cause violence and mayhem.”

Do you know how much “mental health care” and psychiatric drugs are a part of this plot, given that these drugs incite violence and aggression as a “side effect?” Hint — the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s budget is over $1.8 billion per year. Medicaid claims for psychotropic drugs are well over 60 million per year, over 2 million claims per year in Missouri; Medicaid payments for psychotropic drugs are over $6 billion per year, and over $174 million per year in Missouri.

Missouri Medicaid (called MO HealthNet) covers 1 out of every 7 Missourians and 38% of Missouri’s children. Roughly 30% of Missouri’s total annual budget goes to Medicaid; but this only covers 50% of Medicaid spending — the other 50% comes from the federal government. 15% of the Medicaid budget goes to pharmacy services; 15% goes to mental health services. And of course the Affordable Care Act allows for the expansion of eligibility for Medicaid — a key part of Cloward-Piven, expanding access to welfare; although at this time Missouri has not yet expanded MO HealthNet eligibility.

Psychotropic drugs represent roughly 30% of all pharmaceutical spending, and the cost appears to increase roughly 20% per year.

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is expected to add 2.7 percent, or $7.3 billion, to the level of Mental Health and Substance Abuse spending in 2020, as an expected 25 million people who were previously uninsured gain health insurance coverage.

Well, as we looked back on these statistics, we nearly fell off of our soapbox in shock. What to do? Contact your local, state and federal officials and express your alarm. Write a Letter to the Editor. Contact your employer, your school, your church, your family, friends, and associates. Show them a CCHR DVD documentary (we’ll mail you one if you promise to show it around.) Forward this newsletter and suggest they subscribe. Vote!

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Ferguson and Human Rights

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Ferguson and Human Rights

Most people have never heard of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. And almost no one can name more than a few of the 30 rights it includes — if they even know what “human rights” are.

Yet the protection of individual rights is vital to the stability of communities and the very survival of our culture. Education at all levels is the solution.

If you are an educator or civil rights activist, order your free Bring Human Rights to Life information kit from United For Human Rights here: http://www.humanrights.com/freeinfo.html

Human: noun
A member of the Homo sapiens species; a man, woman or child; a person.

Rights: noun
Things to which you are entitled or allowed; freedoms that are guaranteed.

Human Rights: noun
The rights you have simply because you are human.

Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual. Their fundamental assumption is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity. They are called human rights because they are universal. Whereas nations or specialized groups enjoy specific rights that apply only to them, human rights are the rights to which everyone is entitled—no matter who they are or where they live—simply because they are alive.

Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.

Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

There are a lot more rights; Read the full text of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights here.

In seeking justice for perceived wrong-doings, look to which rights have been violated. Educate yourself and others about these rights.

Make your voice heard. Make human rights education in schools and universities part of the curriculum. You can help ensure human rights are learned and demanded by everyone by signing this petition.

Do you want to take an active role in initiating activities and forwarding the cause of human rights in your community? The most effective thing you can do is start a group!

Following the initial Ferguson protests, Amnesty International USA sent a delegation to Ferguson from Aug. 14-22. This briefing document outlines some of the human rights concerns witnessed by Amnesty International and a series of recommendations that need to be implemented with regards to the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers and the policing of protests.

The City of Ferguson Human Rights Commission hears complaints related to human rights violations and advises the City Council on possible legislative or policy changes to prevent discrimination. [Pam Hylton, Assistant City Manager, 314-524-5158.]

Be aware that every mental health group in the area, and indeed in the country, is going to be offering “support and counseling” to Ferguson residents for their “anger and grief.” Since we already know that the psychiatric and psychological mental health care industry is an affront to human rights, special care is needed to avoid getting sucked into the mental health treatment mill.

Through CCHR’s diligence, thousands of victims of psychiatric human rights abuse have been rescued; patients have regained their legal and civil rights; mental health acts around the world have prohibited the arbitrary use of electroshock treatment and psychosurgery.

However, psychiatrists’ power to coerce patients into putting themselves and their children on very dangerous psychotropic drugs condemns us all to a deepening drug culture and the subversion of the family unit. Seventeen million children worldwide are prescribed antidepressants that cause violent and suicidal behavior. Millions more of our young are prescribed stimulants that are more potent than cocaine.

By depicting those they label mentally ill as a danger to themselves or others, psychiatrists have convinced governments and courts that depriving such individuals of their liberty is mandatory for the safety of all concerned. Wherever psychiatry has succeeded in this campaign, extreme abuses of human rights have resulted.

The right to have a thorough, physical and clinical examination by a competent registered general practitioner of one’s choice, to ensure that one’s mental condition is not caused by any undetected and untreated physical illness, injury or defect, and the right to seek a second medical opinion of one’s choice, is provided for in CCHR’s Declaration of Mental Health Rights.

For more information about psychiatric violations of human rights, download and read this free CCHR publication: Citizens Commission on Human Rights – The International Mental Health Watchdog.

Ferguson Missouri Mental Health Tips

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Ferguson Missouri Mental Health Tips

It seems that nearly everyone – newspapers, radio, TV, bloggers, tweeters, facebookers – has been proclaiming about events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Not to be left out, we thought we would find some way to relate these events to the CCHR mission of exposing psychiatric abuse of human rights.

Find it we did, on a website called twitchy.com: “For those feeling stressed over the situation in Ferguson, Mo., State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal has shared some tips for anyone suffering from Ferguson-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: ‘Get outside’ may or may not be the best advice at certain times.” While this comes across as a joke (apparently the Senator tweeted her advice [@MariaChappelleN]), it is no joke that the Senator is pushing psychiatric mental health care on the community.

Apparently, the Senator has been outspoken about citizens in Ferguson suffering from PTSD as a result of the Michael Brown shooting in August. She’s quoted here on CBS news: “What should have happened since day one is we should have had counselors out in the streets and psychologists because this community is experiencing PTSD right now and frankly, I think some officers are, too.”

This only serves to punch up the observation that PTSD has become blurred as a catch-all diagnosis for some 175 combinations of symptoms, becoming the label for identifying the impact of adverse events on ordinary people. This means that normal responses to catastrophic events have often been interpreted as mental disorders, “treatable” with psychotropic drugs.

Expect the entire mental health care industry to jump on this bandwagon, much as Paul Gionfriddo, President/CEO of Mental Health America, has done when he said, “We can give people in affected neighborhoods access to relief services and mental health professionals to help them work through their feelings and concerns. … We can give them screening tools to monitor their mental health.”

They are even suggesting that the black community needs mental health care more than the white community, as if racial tensions are not high enough: “The Affordable Care Act has improved access to mental healthcare services for many Americans but surprisingly, the demand remains much lower than the supply, especially in racial & ethnic minority groups. African American and Hispanic Americans use mental health services at about one-half the rate of their Caucasian counterparts.”

Let’s not leave out the Missouri Department of Mental Health, jumping into the fray with both its feet with a Ferguson web page devoted to “Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event.”

Many people are not only convinced that the environment is dangerous, but that it is steadily growing more so. The fact of the matter is, however, that the environment is made to appear much more dangerous than it actually is. A great number of people are professional dangerous environment makers. This includes professions which require a dangerous environment for their existence such as the psychiatric mental health industry. They need a dangerous environment to convince people to buy their drugs and other treatments.

The psychiatric propaganda machine is working hard to convince everyone to buy their lies, particularly those vulnerable people most in need of workable help. Are you going to let them continue to promote how dangerous it is to live in Ferguson? Are you going to let them move in on Ferguson and other suffering communities with their harmful and addictive psychotropic drugs? Or are you going to do something about it? Contact your local, state and federal officials and express your opinion. Become a member of CCHR STL so that we can spread this word.

The mental health monopoly has practically zero accountability and zero liability for its failures. Psychiatry has never cured anything. Instead, as a consequence of its extensive use of dangerous drugs, it has created most of the mental ill health that it claims it can treat. No one can deny that many children and other individuals today are faced with very real problems. But to propagandize that they are a widespread mental disease when there is no scientific evidence substantiating this, is fraudulent.

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Typical or Troubled? School Mental Health Education Program

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Typical or Troubled?

School Mental Health Education Program

The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF), the philanthropic and educational arm of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), provides grants to fund the implementation of the Typical or Troubled?™ mental health education program in schools throughout the United States. Contributors to the funding include Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and Shire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

They say that the curriculum has been presented so far in 2,000 schools. It is available in English and Spanish; it includes APA mental health disinformation and role-playing exercises — pushing the typical psychiatric misinformation about warning signs, mental disorders, treatments, and referrals for mental health treatment. One of its aims, of course, is connecting teens to “treatment.”

The “educational” program spouts the fraudulent psychiatric party line: “1 in 5 children has a mental health disorder;” “1 in 10 kids have ADHD;” and a dissection of the “teen brain” that looks like this:

Close to home, this program has been done in the Rockwood School District (Eureka, Missouri).

If you have young children or teens in school, you might want to check if this program is in your school and pull your children out of the program. Contact your school Board of Education, your state Board of Education, your Parent-Teacher organization, your school administrators and counselors, and let them know what you think about this.

We think this is just another way to get away with mental health screening in schools, and get more kids onto psychiatric drugs.

Mental health screening aims to get whole populations on drugs and thus under control. The kinds of drugs used create further medical and social problems, and these subsequent complications require additional taxes and laws to handle them. The net result is a sick and fearful population dependent on the government to “solve” all their problems.

Recognize that the real problem is that psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose life’s problems as an “illness”, and stigmatize unwanted behavior or study problems as “diseases.” Psychiatry’s stigmatizing labels, programs and treatments are harmful junk science; their diagnoses of “mental disorders” are a hoax – unscientific, fraudulent and harmful. All psychiatric treatments, not just psychiatric drugs, are dangerous, and can cause crime.

Psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatric institutions, and other medical doctors prescribing psychiatric drugs and treatments must be made fully accountable for their funding, practices and treatments, and their results, or lack thereof — including prescribing antidepressants whose only results are harmful side effects.

Click here for more information about mental health screening.

Crisis Intervention Teams and your mental health

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Crisis Intervention Teams and your mental health

You may or may not be aware of a police function called a “Crisis Intervention Team” (CIT). There is a heavy ongoing push country-wide to train police officers to “handle” difficult situations involving “suspected mental illness.”

For example, someone calls 911 to report a domestic squabble. The police arrive. Tempers flair. Someone is going to be taken to a mental health facility for a “96-hour evaluation,” also called Involuntary Commitment or Civil Commitment.

Let us use the Saint Louis County Police CIT as an example, whose mission is “to deliver positive law enforcement crisis intervention service to people with mental illness in the St. Louis area.”

The CIT-trained officers are used primarily as a referral mechanism to local mental health hospitals and agencies. If they cannot defuse a potentially dangerous situation, they will forcibly transport the offending person to a local hospital emergency room and transfer the person into the mental health system, authorized by Missouri Statute 632.305 (“Detention for evaluation and treatment”.)

The CIT engages local hospitals, agencies and organizations in a cooperative effort (“community partnership”) to streamline this process. One of the primary goals of a CIT is to divert offenders from jail to the mental health system, reducing the burden on the criminal justice system.

In the St. Louis area, there are 20 cooperating mental health agencies, 9 cooperating hospital systems, and 58 local law enforcement agencies with CIT-trained personnel. There are 10 counties throughout Missouri with CIT programs.

In 1988, the Memphis Police Department joined in partnership with the Memphis Chapter of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, mental health providers, and two local universities (the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee) in organizing, training, and implementing a specialized unit for handling mental crisis events. This became the model Crisis Intervention Team subsequently exported to police departments across the country.

To be sure, no one disputes the need for police training, the safe and effective handling of potentially dangerous situations, and the temporary care for persons in crisis mode. One does, however, question the efficacy of mental health “treatment” in the current model of the psychiatric mental health system, where “treatment” generally means one or more abusive practices such as involuntary commitment, harmful and addictive psychotropic drugs, patient restraints, electroshock, and psycho-surgery.

Your mental health, and the mental health of your family, friends and associates, can be questioned by CIT-trained police. If this makes you uncomfortable, execute a Living Will (Letter of Protection from Psychiatric Incarceration and/or Treatment) and then express your opinion to your local, state and federal officials, and email the St. Louis Area Crisis Intervention Team Coordinating Council.