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How the Failure of Mental Illness Healthcare Led to Deadly Outcomes


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How the Failure of Mental Illness Healthcare Led to Deadly Outcomes

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Offering fresh evidence of the widespread institutional failures and public policies that forsake those in need of healthcare, adults with untreated mental illnesses are 16 times more likely than other civilians to be killed during a police encounter, according to a new report released Thursday by the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC).


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In my town two NAKED men have been killed by the police in the last ten years. They were obviously mentally disturbed, and sure didnt have any concealed weapons. They should have been receiving treatment, not shot down like dogs. Pathetic.


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What we truly have is a moral health crisis


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In Bisbee, AZ, the police have a well-earned reputation for abusing the mentally ill for fun. The local mental health facility, tired of having to deal with their patients' additional police-induced traumas, tried to offer training in dealing with the mentally ill. Police said, "No, things are fine as they are." I made the mistake of calling for help during an episode with my bi-polar son. The taser marks were directly over his heart. If he was not such a strong person, he would probably have died. He should have gone to the mental health facility, but was thrown in jail. Damn them all. That's BISBEE, ARIZONA WHERE THE COPS ARE AS SADISTIC AND CORRUPT AS ANYWHERE ELSE.


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How Our Mental Health Care Must Not Become A Deadly Gulag System for Scapegoats

Gulag:
The Gulag, system of forced-labor prison camps in the USSR, from the Russian acronym [GULag] for the Main Directorate of Corrective Labor Camps, a department of the Soviet secret police (originally the Cheka; subsequently the GPU, OGPU, NKVD, MVD, and finally the KGB).

The Gulag was first established under Vladimir Lenin during the early Bolshevik years (c.1920). The vast penal network, which ultimately included 476 camp complexes, functioned throughout Russia, many in the wastes of Siberia and the Soviet Far East. The system reached its peak after 1928 under Joseph Stalin, who used it to maintain the Soviet state by keeping its populace in a state of terror. Gulag deaths of both political prisoners and common criminals from overwork, starvation, and other forms of maltreatment are estimated to have been in the millions during Stalin's years in power.

Perhaps the best known of the Gulag camp complexes was Kolyma, an area in the Far East about six times the size of France that contained more than 100 camps. About three million are thought to have died there from its establishment in 1931 to 1953, the year of Stalin's death. The Gulag scheme was adapted into the infamous concentration camp system used during World War II, especially as Nazi death factories. The Soviet system was publicized in the writings of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, particularly in his book The Gulag Archipelago (1973, tr. 1974). Millions were released from the Gulag under Nikita Khrushchev, and the system was finally abolished by Mikhail Gorbachev.


A concentration camp is a large detention center created for political opponents, specific ethnic or religious groups, civilians of a critical war-zone, or other groups of people, usually during a war. Inmates are selected according to some specific criteria, rather than individuals who are incarcerated after due process of law fairly applied by a judiciary. The most notorious concentration camps were the Nazi death camps, which were utilized to implement the Holocaust.

Ever since the Nazi concentration camps were discovered, the term has been understood to refer to a place of mistreatment, starvation, forced labor, and murder. Today, this term is used only in this extremely pejorative sense; no government or organization ever describes its own facilities as such—using instead terms such as "internment camp," "resettlement camp," "detention facility," and so forth—regardless of the actual circumstances of the camp, which can vary a great deal. In many cases, concentration camps had poor living conditions and resulted in many deaths, regardless of whether the camp was intended to kill its inhabitants.

In such a "concentration camp," a government can "concentrate" a group of people who are in some way undesirable in one place where they can be watched—for example, in a time of insurgency, potential supporters of the insurgents could be placed in such a facility where they cannot provide them with supplies or information. Concentration camps single out specific portions of a population based on their race, culture, politics or religion. Usually, these populations are not the majority but are seen as causing the social, economic, and other problems of the majority. The function of concentration camps are to separate the perceived problem, this "scapegoat" population, from the majority population. The very call for a population division labels the interned population, stigmatizing them.

Concentration camps have been used for centuries, but none have ever yielded positive results: The structure is based on the domination and subordination of smaller groups who hold limited social power. This kind of imposed dominance results in an immediate illusory solution to larger social woes, but creates cultural conflicts and rifts that may take generations to repair.


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After the entry above, I went and downloaded the pdf to this article by the Treatment Advocacy Center. There is no contact, no description of the individuals who wrote the piece from TAC (Doris Fuller and John Snook), and 2 other individuals who wrote the piece: H. Richard Lamb, M.D.: Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Univ of Southern Cal, and Michael Biasotti, Chairman, Committee on Untreated Severe Mental Illness and Past President New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.

TAC appears to be a site to aggregate documentation on mental illness and provide copious amounts of backup info on studies that are like laws that pass things like experiments that legalize the nazi concentration camp activities.

Behavioral science was used in the MK Ultra projects from 1950's-1970's and beyond. It is all about behaviors and controling them, not about how you think and feel or what you want or need.

Where are Jungian psychologists in this discussion? I think they have lots of good things to say about how to help mentally ill people, that don't include expanding laws on being able to lock up innocent people.


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Yes, finally. Perhaps we can now begin to extricate this issue from the identity politics in which it's become entwined. Poverty and mental health have to be at least two of the main explanatory factors. In so far as skin color is a factor, it is probably so due to it's typical connection to poverty. Racist uglyness itself is always directed at those who can not defend themselves - the poor and uneducated.


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With Israel training US cops it's unlikely murderers with badges will continue killing more people. The social order of civilization itself is mired in the Dark Ages of brainless goons, in gangs, with weapons and psychopathic tendencies.

"Democratic" nations, in particular, feed their impoverished, homeless and mentally afflicted to police, which usually treat all interactions with the general public as threats to themselves. Police are the paramilitary forces of local governments and police "serve and protect" them.


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And of course it doesn't help that Social Security and Welfare pay most recipients LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE.
But that's not an issue that anyone wants to address. Lost among the other outrages. And it doesn't fit the neo-liberal agenda.
And then when disabled people and retirees try to work to supplement their insufficient income, the job market stinks, and "our" "liberal" president says "We just don't have the money."- (To reinstitute the WPA and CCC job programs of the 30's) (Of course we have Trillions for more false-flag wars for the MIC!)
So no wonder more disabled and retired people become homeless and/or kill themselves.
The system doesn't work -for us. It works for the 1%.
"But don't talk about revolution. That's going a little bit too far. So love me, love me, love me, I'm a liberal." -Phil Ochs