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  • crazy person
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Mr. Jackson,

    i suggest you spend some time in a mental institution if you think these are desirable place to be.

    second, you point out that violence perpetrated by people diagnosed with mental illness is rare, so why the need for ensuring they are on the meds? with draconian legislation?

    What people primarily need is acceptance, housing, anti-discrimination legislation, employment, and meaningful social relationships. The question of meds is just one among many issues that need to be addressed.

    people diagnosed with mental illness have been advocating for improved services, and increased participation in service delivery, and policy making since the 1970s. It is the work of such groups that exposed and eventually put a stop to such practices as stripping women naked and throwing them in seclusion cells (otherwise known as Therapeutic Quiet) at the Waterford Hospital. This practice persisted until the 1990s.

    The Waterford Hospital is a dinosaur with inadequate rooms, lack of social opportunities, and not even a cafeteria that serves hot meals. This would be unacceptable in any other health care facility.

    It is time to stop focussing on violent acts, and to work together toward reforming the metnal health system by investing in supportive housing, social entreprises and peer support networks, all of which have been shown to reduce hospitalization and increase quality of life. And without the side effects.

    Finally, it is well documented that the new anti-psychotics can cause diabetes and cardiovascular problems and early death - these are not benign effects and place additional costs on individuals and health services.

    I wish the author had taken the time to talk to people living with mental illness before once again focussing on tragedy and reinforcing the stereotypes about violence,mental illness and medication.

  • Peter
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    ... off his meds.... belongs to the author's generation. the previous saying was ....what's he smoking???.... .

    Thanks to the RNC et. al. there will be a lot of residents ....off their meds.... this weekend(?).

    The article appears well researched, but tell us, was the suicide terrorist grinch intent on ruining Christmas in MoTown in his manic phase or his depressed phase?

    Then the case of the ex-pat Polish suspect recently on trial. I think of the Polish visitor's fatal encounter in BC several years ago. Airport rage? Even sane elected MP's have organized Airport Rage, asking for a bill of rights!!! What was he thinking when confronted by Four armed guards - flashback to Soviet era Poland?

    Those poor Soviet era Doctors, how could they distinquish between justified and unjustified paranoia - without offending The Party??

  • crazy person
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Mr. Jackson,

    i suggest you spend some time in a mental institution if you think these are desirable place to be.

    second, you point out that violence perpetrated by people diagnosed with mental illness is rare, so why the need for ensuring they are on the meds? with draconian legislation?

    What people primarily need is acceptance, housing, anti-discrimination legislation, employment, and meaningful social relationships. The question of meds is just one among many issues that need to be addressed.

    people diagnosed with mental illness have been advocating for improved services, and increased participation in service delivery, and policy making since the 1970s. It is the work of such groups that exposed and eventually put a stop to such practices as stripping women naked and throwing them in seclusion cells (otherwise known as Therapeutic Quiet) at the Waterford Hospital. This practice persisted until the 1990s.

    The Waterford Hospital is a dinosaur with inadequate rooms, lack of social opportunities, and not even a cafeteria that serves hot meals. This would be unacceptable in any other health care facility.

    It is time to stop focussing on violent acts, and to work together toward reforming the metnal health system by investing in supportive housing, social entreprises and peer support networks, all of which have been shown to reduce hospitalization and increase quality of life. And without the side effects.

    Finally, it is well documented that the new anti-psychotics can cause diabetes and cardiovascular problems and early death - these are not benign effects and place additional costs on individuals and health services.

    I wish the author had taken the time to talk to people living with mental illness before once again focussing on tragedy and reinforcing the stereotypes about violence,mental illness and medication.

  • Peter
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    ... off his meds.... belongs to the author's generation. the previous saying was ....what's he smoking???.... .

    Thanks to the RNC et. al. there will be a lot of residents ....off their meds.... this weekend(?).

    The article appears well researched, but tell us, was the suicide terrorist grinch intent on ruining Christmas in MoTown in his manic phase or his depressed phase?

    Then the case of the ex-pat Polish suspect recently on trial. I think of the Polish visitor's fatal encounter in BC several years ago. Airport rage? Even sane elected MP's have organized Airport Rage, asking for a bill of rights!!! What was he thinking when confronted by Four armed guards - flashback to Soviet era Poland?

    Those poor Soviet era Doctors, how could they distinquish between justified and unjustified paranoia - without offending The Party??