City of Eugene Police and Mental Health

The City of Eugene, like many cities, is re-examining the role of police in responding to individuals who are considered to be in a mental health crisis. Depending on whether or not principles of empowerment and self-determination and humane alternatives are included, such re-examinations could be beneficial or harmful.  Mental Health Crisis Response Committee Testimony…

Lab Rat

A poem about the abuse of patients in mental hospitals.  Lab Rat*    Locked in a psych ward. A gainst . . . her will. Forced daily to take . . .  a little . . . white pill. ’Tween two rows of healthy . . . pearly-white . . . teeth. With perfectly good . . . gums . . . underneath.   Then entered the ward . . . a nasty . . . distraction.  Dental students. To practice . . . extraction.  Before treating patients . . .  on the outside.  Again my…

Trauma Healing is Theme of Next Opal Network Meeting: Support voice and empowerment of mental health clients

This is a quarterly meeting of a coalition here in Lane County, Oregon to support the voice and empowerment of Lane County mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. what Meeting when Sep 29, 2009 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM where Eugene Public Library, Eugene, Oregon contact name David W. Oaks contact phone 541-345-9106 attendees All are welcome. add event…

The International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR) 2009 Annual Meeting

INTAR is holding an all-day gathering on the topic of “Rethinking Psychiatric Crisis: Alternatives Responses to ‘First Breaks.’” INTAR is a sponsor group in MindFreedom Internationals’ Support Coalition, and Celia Brown, MFI Board President, is on the planning committee. what Conference when Nov 23, 2009 from 08:00 AM to 07:30 PM where New York City contact name Nazlim…

Mental Health Consumer Festival

A festival for people using the mental health system arranged by MindFreedom sponsor We Shall Overcome. what kb_mad pride Social Event mad-pride when Aug 22, 2009 12:00 AM to Aug 28, 2009 12:00 AM where Amalidays, Norway contact name post@wso.no add event to calendar  vCal  iCal A mental health care consumer festival arranged by We Shall…

Roberta Opheim, Ombudsman

The State of Minnesota has an “ombudsman” program charged with supporting and protecting the human rights of citizens. Ms. Opheim is Name: Roberta Opheim, Ombudsman, Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, State of Minnesota City/State: Minneapolis, MN Connection to Ray’s case: Ms. Opheim has been informed as an ombudsman in Minnesota about the human…

General reply by Richard Harris to “stakeholders” about Oregon budget.

This 4 August 2009 letter by Richard Harris is in reply to the people who also asked “why zero” is in budget for the state-wide voice of Oregon’s mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. August 4, 2009 Dear stakeholders: My letter regarding the Department of Human Services (DHS) budget and the legislative session sparked a series of e-mails regarding funding for an…