Shield Update for Jim Flannery, Sunday, January 29, 2023
Jim Flannery is free! MFI learned today that he was discharged this morning, Sunday, January 29.
Jim expressed tremendous gratitude to Shield members who responded with hundreds of letters and calls to the hospital. He is filled with joy and relief to be back in his home state of Massachussetts, in the safety of his apartment, less than one week after he was first incarcerated and less then 48 hours after his Shield alert was activated.
His discharge was highly unusual in that he was given no advance notice, it happened on a weekend, and it was not accompanied by any formal discharge plan, explanation, or apology.
Regardless of the unusual circumstances of his discharge, one thing is crystal clear….your Shield involvement paid off! Thank you!
Please cease from calling or writing additional letters to Middlesex Hospital!
Shield volunteers who were a part of the roll-out of this Shield alert, including our partnering organization, Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, or Psychrights were pleased with the quick response rate, as well as the quality of the responses.
Some of the letters were so eloquent MFI obtained permission to publish them on our website and will do so, soon
The responses were from a diverse population of psychiatric survivors, mental health consumers, family members, researchers, scientists, and clinicians, all united in their fierce opposition to forced psychiatric treatment
Dr. Martin Luther King popularized the term ‘Beloved Community’ referring to a community in which everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger, and hate. Dr. King’s activism was fueled by his faith that such a community was, in fact, possible.
The Shield program relies primarily on volunteers who embrace the notion that together we make a difference. MFI embraces the principles of non-violence, mutual trust and cooperation. We are thankful to the many Shield members whose responses embodied these principles
Jim is putting together a formal thank-you to Shield volunteers and others who belong to the ‘beloved community’ We will publish that when it is ready.
If you wish to become more involved with MindFreedom’s Shield program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Shield Volunteer’ in the subject heading.