Society Needs a Wake-up Call!
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A look at co-occurring problems: Mental illness, Drug abuse, Crime, Prison and Death...
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Inquest into Toronto police shooting deaths to highlight treatment of mentally ill

Inquest into Toronto police shooting deaths to highlight treatment of mentally ill | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
They lived entirely separate lives but the circumstances of their deaths were strikingly similar.
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People mistakenly believe that if police have Tasers they use them instead of firearms — they won't. They'll use them in addition to firearms," he said. "It's not weapons that are needed. It's approaching people in a reasonable way that's needed."      Peter Rosenthal - Michael Eligon's Lawyer

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sara erdman's comment, February 4, 2014 10:59 AM
Illness* can do the same amount of damage and there is no reason to kill them either! Having a weapon can make someone feel like they have all their power in the world and make it seem ok to kill.
Erin Madden's comment, February 4, 2014 4:04 PM
What a timely article! Glad you posted about mental illness, Daniel. There are some really good points in this discussion: 1) re-thinking the kinds of social control police should and should not use; and 2) How do we know when someone acting violently or breaking laws is mentally ill? How can cops better assess the people they are trying to stop and arrest? These are tough issues. On the one hand, we tend to have different ideas about people who are violent or break laws who have the label of "mentally ill." They aren't necessarily mean and terrible people, they are sick, so we want the police to treat them better and try to better assess and control situations involving mentally ill people. It seems like Daniel is saying we prefer the agents of social control for mentally ill people to be doctors and to treat them with interventions like therapy. And if, as in the case of one of the mentally ill people shot by Canadian police, that disordered person escapes a hospital/doctors, police should try to use the minimal amount of force necessary to diffuse problems with mentally ill persons. What could police forces do to better handle mentally ill people?
Suelynne Brown's comment, February 5, 2014 3:30 PM
I am so glad we're talking about this, thank you Daniel! Here is my view: The police in Michael Eligon's situation were alerted of his condition prior to being dispatched to the scene - which led to his death. The police force has a lot of responsibility – Agreed! My question is, “When are those higher on the food chain going to start funding projects - which educate officers in mental health awareness?” This training needs to be fairly extensive... The mentally ill deserve to be protected just like any other citizen. Eligon, was in crisis - which is when intervention by mental health specialists is crucial! Not officers untrained in MH, who seem far more worried about protecting themselves, than a vulnerable man. Eligon, died needlessly, and my entire point is this situation should act as a wakeup call for society, and the police force. It’s time to increase mental health awareness; so we can put some much needed initiatives to work. No more should die needlessly due to lack of awareness.
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Mental health staff to help police

Mental health staff to help police | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
Mental health nurses are to be based in police stations and courts in 10 areas of England as part of a pilot scheme aimed at cutting reoffending.
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Thank God someone is listening!

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Stigma and Discrimination | Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division

Stigma and Discrimination | Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
The lives of people with mental health conditions are often plagued by stigma as well as discrimination.  Stigma is a negative stereotype.  Stigma is a
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Federal Prison Sat By While Mentally Ill Inmate Ate His Own Feces - ThinkProgress

Federal Prison Sat By While Mentally Ill Inmate Ate His Own Feces - ThinkProgress | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
Federal Prison Sat By While Mentally Ill Inmate Ate His Own Feces
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As several news reports have recently highlighted, prisons are increasingly serving as de facto asylums for the mentally ill.
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"SACRAMENTO: ABOLISH THE SHU TODAY!" (CA legislative hearings Oct. 2013)

If you only have 5 seconds, skip to 2:29 For Public Comment, skip to 3:15 GET INVOLVED: http://prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com Hearings held Oct...

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Prison is where many of the mentally ill end up.... Some in today's society either have no idea how to help these people or, they just don't care enough! Mental illness if unchecked may lead to self medication, and drug abuse/addiction... Addictions often lead to criminal activity landing many in prison! Prisons like this one use tactics like solitary confinement as punishment for misbehavior etc... I call this form of punishment torture!

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Afghanistan, the drug addiction capital

Afghanistan, the drug addiction capital | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
Afghanistan produces 90% of all opiate drugs in the world, but was not a major consumer until recently - now, more than a million Afghans are addicted.

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This article shows not it's not only in the western world that consumes drugs, but also in different parts of the world. Aimed at the public to help them be aware of the world, drug addiction occurs anywhere else.

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Rich Hil - My Pain, My Addiction ( syldd ) HD

rich hil lost limos III (Rich Hil - My Pain, My Addiction HD: http://t.co/8U3j7lLKH3 via @RickyHil "Man rich hil's lyrics are so deep and meaningful, so rare.")...
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"My pain, my addiction is my pain",is heard throughout song.. The kid is good, he is down to earth and keeps it real. He shares via music what it feels like to, be an addict..

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BBC - Newsbeat - 'Not enough' done on mental health say charities

BBC - Newsbeat - 'Not enough' done on mental health say charities | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
Charities warn lives are being put at risk as not enough is being done to spot the early signs of mental health problems.
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This is the absolute truth! Not only is not enough being done to save the lives of millions; the stigma surrounding those with mental illness is actually getting worse! Stigma intensifies the pain many are in causing the ill to go undiagnosed which in turn causes isolation, self-medication and eventually death! It's time to wake up folks!

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Ian Matthews's death draws attention to police mental health

Ian Matthews's death draws attention to police mental health | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
In a time when police suicides outnumber deaths on duty, Ian Matthews’s death has once again cast a light on the stigma surrounding metal health in law enforcement.
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Condemned: The Award-Winning Work of Robin Hammond on Mental Illness in Africa

Condemned: The Award-Winning Work of Robin Hammond on Mental Illness in Africa | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
During a trip to Juba, South Sudan to cover the referendum for independence, photojournalist Robin Hammond came across a story he had never seen adequately depicted, when he saw, as he tells FotoEvidence, a mentally ill girl begging at the side of...
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New Dane County jail would serve mentally ill inmates - Isthmus | The Daily Page

New Dane County jail would serve mentally ill inmates - Isthmus | The Daily Page | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
Linda Ketcham is afraid that if we build it, the prisoners will come. The executive director of the Madison-Area Urban Ministry fears that a new Dane County jail
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A Night With “Eugene Levy”: Complicated Compassion for a Crackhead

A Night With “Eugene Levy”: Complicated Compassion for a Crackhead | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
My conversation companion and I are talking quite heatedly about nothing. The purpose of the discussion is to distract him from the Queen si
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Colony of losers is a fantastic blog! There are posts, on everything from drug addiction to depression it's all about mental health , it's dark and, twisted.

 

The posts are funny as hell while still being helpful. You know your not alone when it comes to self-destruction.

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Lasers used to turn off cocaine addiction in rat brains, may translate into human therapy

Lasers used to turn off cocaine addiction in rat brains, may translate into human therapy | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
Kicking a cocaine addiction may be as simple as beaming a laser straight into the brain — at least in rats. That's the result of a new study of cocaine-addicted lab rodents published today by US...
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» Heavy, Frequent Cannabis Use Linked to Mental Illness - Psych Central News

» Heavy, Frequent Cannabis Use Linked to Mental Illness - Psych Central News | Society Needs a Wake-up Call! | Scoop.it
A new study suggests people with mental illness are more than seven times as likely to use marijuana weekly than people without a mental illness.
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