By Julie Hyland - 11 March 2013
Plans for the wholesale privatization of the National Health Service (NHS) were laid bare in statutory regulations published by the Department of Health...Private sector encroachment into the NHS was already well established...but the last year has seen entire hospitals taken over by private companies. Under conditions in which the NHS is being subject to £20 billion of “efficiency savings”, everything has been set in place to transform the NHS wholly into a “for profit” entity.
A short documentary about the history of the Mental Patients' Association, founded in Vancouver in 1971, recounted by Lanny Beckman, one of the founders of the group.
By Dave Zirin - February 13, 2013
[Royce] White has been battling the [Houston] Rockets over how they would deal with issues surrounding his mental health. The first-round draft-pick has an anxiety disorder that affects how he handles everything from flying to practices. He has made it clear amidst an avalanche of criticism that his mental health is more important than his contract or career. Throughout this difficult fall, White has become a crusader for change...
It's a ripoff. It's a healthcare rationing scheme. It's a boon to predatory providers. It's a plan to enrich insurers, drug companies, and large hospital chains.
By Bruce E. Levine - February 8, 2013
The...fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders...will be released by the [American Psychiatric Association] in spring 2013...[Duke University Professor Emeritus Allen] Frances states, “My best advice...[is] be skeptical and don't follow DSM-5 blindly down a road likely to lead to massive over-diagnosis and harmful over-medication”...For mental health professionals, this advice from the former chair of the DSM-4 task-force is shocking — almost as if Colin Powell were to advise U.S. defense and state department employees not to blindly follow all administration orders.
These reports and similar ones reveal imperialism's dark side. War takes its toll. Civilians suffer most. So do many combatants and veterans after returning home.
By Martha Rosenberg - February 2, 2013
Why does the suicide rate among military personnel continue to climb--even among those who never saw combat?...One in six service members was on a psychoactive drug in 2010 and "many troops are taking more than one kind, mixing several pills in daily 'cocktails' for example, an anti-depressant with an anti-psychotic to prevent nightmares, plus an anti-epileptic to reduce headaches--despite minimal clinical research testing such combinations..."
By Laura Delano - January 29, 2013
My parents did what millions of American parents have been taught to do: they saw how much emotional pain I was in, and they sought “help” for me in the “mental health” system. They had no idea that my entrance into a psychiatrist’s office as a young teenager would end up stripping me of my health, my hope, and my sense of Self...[I]ndeed, as the result of being “shielded from harm” by the “mental health” system, I experienced more harm than I could have ever imagined for myself.
By Comrade Black
I am not suggesting that everyone everywhere in the world should be vegan, especially not in the case of Indigenous peoples living traditionally with a diet that ‘includes’ sustenance hunting...but it really pisses me off when white folks use indigenous cultures and their traditions as a scapegoat excuse to continue eating factory farmed meat and cheese bought from a grocery store. Last I checked no traditional communities (Indigenous to Turtle Island or elsewhere) ever had factory farms as part of their traditional ways of life.
By Thomas Scripps - 2 February 2013
The incapability of capitalism to provide everyone with the basic right to a job is now manifesting itself as an assault on the mental well-being of a generation. These figures damn any popular media or political claims seeking to show welfare payments as an excuse for “shirkers”. The joblessness imposed on young people by the capitalist system leads not to an easy life, but an unfulfilling existence.
By Bryan Dyne - 26 January 2013
The family of Junior Seau, the former professional football player, is suing the National Football League (NFL). The suit claims that Seau’s suicide in May 2012 was the result of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a disease of the brain — caused by the violent hits he took as a linebacker...They are accusing the NFL of concealing and ignoring the evidence that showed the relationship between the violence of the game and traumatic brain injuries.
By Peter Rugh - December 31st, 2012
There is a tendency in this country to regard mental illness — as if in deference to the antiquated notion of “possession” — as the personal property of those who exhibit the most alarming symptoms. But the circumstances of each of these shooters indicate the social character of mental illness, and the need for a social response to it...“Brain chemistry and neurotransmitters are semi-irrelevant. People are sick because of poverty. People are sick because we live in a traumatized environment where people are [on] the edge because of fear. That’s social.”
By DAVID MACARAY - Counterpunch
I once worked with two schizophrenic men. When I say “worked with,” I don’t simply mean I was employed by the same company as they, or that I vaguely knew them. I mean that I had occasion to work side-by-side with each of them for several weeks, as part of a five-man production crew in a manufacturing plant (a paper mill, actually).
Feb. 2: Michigan Journal of Race and Law Hosts Robert King, John Conyers, James Forman, Jr. and Others
On February 2, 2013, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law is hosting a symposium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. As described by the flyer posted below and the Journal's website, the all-day event will be held on campus in Room 1225, South Hall. The keynote address will be given by James Forman, Jr.
By Mary Ann Swissler - AlterNet
Women are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than men and are more likely to attempt suicide...“And those disorders are much more likely to persist in women”...[Film-maker Lucy] Winer['s]...experience was part of the massive “warehousing” of people living with mental illness which ended with deinstitutionalization in the 1970s — one massive failure replaced with a string of broken promises to provide community and family support. Instead, patients were unceremoniously discharged out into a society that was unprepared for their medical and social needs.