“Hawaii looks to allow psychologists to prescribe drugs”

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This April 28, 2016 AP article found on the Herald-Standard website talks about Hawaii’s interest in having Psychologists be able to prescribe medications to their clients.  This is something already done in the military, and in a few other states. It is hoped that this change could improve access to care, and maybe also help Hawaii decrease their suicide rate which according to the article is higher than the rate that people die from car accidents in Hawaii.

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“Schizophrenia Tied to Much Higher Risk of Suicide Attempts”

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This February 18, 2016 HealthDay article found on the Philly.com website talks about research on 101 Canadians who had been diagnosed with Schizophrenia in which it was found that there was an increased risk of suicide attempts within the group than seen elsewhere.

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“Mental health transport crises: Back of police car may not be best solution, experts say”

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This June 15, 2015 NewsOK article talks about the reality faced in Oklahoma because of a lack of mental health treatment facilities.  While this is trying to raise awareness of the issue they have, I felt that it also could be a word of warning to us here in Pennsylvania as a reminder that if we keep underfunding our mental health system, facilities could close leaving us in a situation similar to what folks in Oklahoma are facing.  The article also points out that being placed in handcuffs in the back of a police care when no crime has been committed is also very stigmatizing in itself, so could this also be viewed as something that we could learn from and maybe continue to work on decreasing the transporting of people with mental illnesses handcuffed in police cars.

“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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