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“Coping with Pet Loss”

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This undated article on the Help-Guide website talks about the loss of a pet and the process people may go through with the loss.

“If Physical Health Problems Were Treated Like Mental Health Problems” [Video]

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This video offers a good demonstration on how it sounds when someone who is depressed is asked “Are you even trying to get better?” or other similar advice often given to people with mental illnesses it also hits on the idea that saying you’ll “get better on your own” isn’t always helpful either.

“Taking a ‘mental health day’: Your rights in the workplace”

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This May 20, 2015 Fox News piece talks about what an employee may or may not be allowed to do with regards to taking a “mental health day”.

“Why no outrage for other victims of police brutality?”

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This May 22, 2015 article on The Hill website talks about the lack of media attention that people with disabilities get when they are victims of police brutality.

“Nearly 10 years since Harrisburg State Hospital closed, state officials tout success”

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This May 21, 2015 article on The Patriot-News site is the beginning of a series where The Patriot-News hopes to explore what the result of state hospital closures has been, with a particular focus on the impact of the closure of Harrisburg State Hospital.

“Pa. Department of Corrections names new mental health advocate for offenders”

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This May 21, 2015 article on The Patriot-News talks about the experience that Lynn Patrone brings with her as she takes on the role of mental health advocate ensuring that inmates get proper mental health care while they are incarcerated and upon release.

“Can Separate Be Equal? Ending the Segregation of Mental Health”

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This May 2015 Managed Care article talks about the segregation of mental and physical health care, the impact this model has, and why it needs to be integrated as opposed to being segregated.

“Andreatta: Digger of 1,500 graves gets his due”

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This May 15, 2015 article on the Democrat & Chronicle site talks about a memorial service to be held to honor Lawrence Mocha who had dug 1500 graves by hand during his time as a patient at Willard State Hospital where he eventually died and was also buried.  I feel like this is a victory of sorts that gives some dignity back to people with mental illnesses who have lived and died in state hospitals.  Every human deserves to be buried with dignity and be recognize as more than a number, which is what will be happening for Lawrence Mocha.  Hats off to all who worked to give Lawrence a bit of dignity back to him.

“United States: Force Against Prisoners With Mental Illness”

English: Human Rights Watch logo Русский: Лого...

English: Human Rights Watch logo Русский: Логотип Хьюман Райтс Вотч (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This May 12, 2015 article on the Human Rights Watch website talks about the abuse of power often used in handling mentally ill inmate that leads to injuries and even death because of what amounts to minor infractions of the rules or orders given to them.  One example in the article is about a woman who was not given her medication while she was incarcerated and at one point refused to change her jumpsuit and ended up being tasered multiple times within a matter of a few short minutes.

United Nations Human Rights

United Nations Human Rights

This review was made public on May 11, 2015 by the United Nations Human Rights Commission.  At first glance, it looks very dull, but pay close attention to the questions being asked by other countries (“Questions submitted in advance” and the addendum) as it pertains to Human Rights violations in the United States.

 

My question is this ….

When do we the people stand up and say enough is enough with regards to things like the brutal mistreatment of the mentally ill in jails and prisons, or racial issues or whatever other example of a human rights issue you may have in mind?  How many lives need to be lost?

United Nations Human Rights Council logo.

United Nations Human Rights Council logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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