Correspondence about Psychiatric Medication, and Related Developments
 
August 2013
 

Please submit your contributions to:  leonardthomas70@googlemail.com.  They may be lightly edited.

 
 
Ist. August 2013: CAPS adopt Psychiatric Medication Campaign

James Carter reports that CAPS, the Consultancy Advocacy Promotion Service for mental health patients in East Lothian have, at his suggestion, adopted a public health campaign similar to our own. Well done, James!
 
James also reports that two female volunteers at Advocard of Midlothian strongly support the tenets of our campaign, much more so than the highly political Advocard administrators. Good for you, ladies! We should protect our own.
 
 
5th August 2013:  Correspondence with Andrew Muir of Psychiatric Rights Scotland, and with the Scottish Human Rights Commission
 

Dear Dr Leonard,

 
Christine MacVicar sent me your details. I looked at your website with interest.
 
Would you like to join our group ? (6 members currently campaigning for human rights in Scotland including Christine & Hunter Watson). I enclose my cv + a paper from Hunter (he has now written 15 of these) . Alternatively you can join my blind mailing list (24 people, most of whom campaign anonymously).
 
Andrew Muir
 
Some interesting links:
 

FURTHER NEWS FROM PSYCHIATRIC RIGHTS SCOTLAND WILL BE REPORTED ON FUTURE MONTHLY WEBPAGES
(see for example our e-mails of 1st September to the Scottish Mental Health Care Commission)

 

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
I have read your report with interest.

Psychiatric Rights Scotland would like to apply to become a `co-production group`, as described on the SHRC website, for the purpose of contributing to the further work on the SHRC's Scottish National Action Plan (SNAP) on Human Rights.

This new organisation has been formed to ensure that human rights are followed in mental health. Two of our group, Hunter Watson and myself contributed to the production of your report and we are also both members of  the Cross-Party Working Groups on Mental Health and Human Rights.
 
I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Muir (secretary)

http://scottishhumanrights.com/actionplan/activity


 

Co-production

The Commission is working in partnership with a range of civil society organisations with membership or participation networks to establish a series of co-production groups. These meetings help to ensure that the lived experiences of people whose rights SNAP aims to uphold directly inform its development and implementation. Groups have so far been established with the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, the Glasgow Disability Alliance, the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability, Voices of Experience, Scottish Gypsy Traveller Law Reform Coalition, the Poverty Truth Commission. Meetings have also been held with a range of women’s rights organizations, coordinated by SHRC and Engender.

 
 
6th August 2013:

After accepting a couple of e-mail invitations, Tom Leonard is now a member of Psychiatric Rights Scotland and Accountability Scotland. He will be attending Accountability Scotland's conference in the Scottish Parliament building on 16th September 2013, and plans to wear a tie.

 
 
6th August 2013:  PSYCHIATRIC RIGHTS UPDATE

 

All
 

Psychiatric Rights Scotland now has 7 members. We have applied to the Scottish Human Rights Commission to be a co-production group as part of their Scottish National Action Plan.

 

Andrew currently has a petition on solicitors http://scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/Solicitors  PE1479

and Hunter is creating a petition on the Mental Health Act (no number yet).

 

Andrew is currently speaking to MSP Stewart McMillan about the actions of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Hunter is speaking to MSP Alison McInnes about the actions of the Scottish Social Services Council & the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman .

 

Dates:

August 20th 9.30am  Gartnavel, NHS GG&C Board meeting

September 9th VOX AGM, Glasgow

September 10th  5.30 pm , CPWG Human Rights, Holyrood

September 11th  5.30 pm , CPWG Mental Health, Holyrood

September 16th  Accountability Scotland, Holyrood

October 18-21, SNP Conference, Perth

 

more news when available

 

Andrew

 
 
8th August 2013:  PSYCHIATRISTS: THE DRUG PUSHERS

Dear Tom,

You should read this amazingly revealing and insightful article by Will Self:

Love,  Dolores
 
 
12th August 2013:  SPEAKING OUT AGAINST PSYCHIATRY

I have recently joined this Facebook group. There are currently 450 members with many a tale to tell. For example, several further quite brutal Dr. Yes's have just been reported, elsewhere in Scotland, and in Lincolnshire. There are several other reports of patients' psychiatric files being doctored, and a female patient in Scotland was reported badly jagged in her arms, with serious side effects, and sexually abused after being falsely diagnosed as psychotic when she was just suffering from post-natal depression. The Sheriff quite amazingly asserted that this was all quite justifiable under Scottish Law. More collusion with a corrupt police force is reported, this time in Australia, and Chrys Muirhead and others discuss the evils of ECT. I feel as if I've come into my own element!
 
 
13th August 2013:  THE PINEAL GLAND AND THE MODE OF SCHIZOPHRENIA

According to Tarquin, a scientific researcher called R. Sandyk reported in the 1992 volume of the International Journal of Neuroscience that, according to his clinical trials, abnormal melatonin functions may be implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. There is evidence that the presence of pineal calcification may related, among other factors, to disturbances in melatonin secretion. The author's detailed findings suggest that the onset of schizophrenia may be influenced by the activity of the pineal gland.
 
Gee folk! Why are the silly shrinkheads still ignoring this key scientific finding? Instead, they're crucifying everybody with anti-psychotics, burning lots of peoples skins with Largactil, and causing far too many huge prolonged painful erections. Your answer is as good as mine.
 
 
14th August 2013:  HOW THE DRUG COMPANIES ARE CONTROLLING OUR LIVES

Dear Tom,

This story is a bit creepy!

http://m.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201105/how-the-drug-companies-are-controlling-our-lives-part-1

Love, Ophelia

 
 
16th August 1983:  The Facebook page Mental health/psychiatric watchdog & reform activity has a timeline containing many corroborative reports e.g. relating to the physical nature of schizophrenia and so-called bipolar disorder. It is organised by Dr. Jim Keiser of Illinois.

Meanwhile, Dr. Fred Coleman, the celebrated erstwhile University of Wisconsin psychiatrist, who helped put my academic career on a listless downtown by misdiagnosing my sleep disorder as unipolar depression in 1981 but branded me as suffering from bipolar disorder and had me dosed up and brain-deaded with lithium when I reacted by going on a high in 1983, is now advertising himself internationally as a friend and supporter of the mentally disabled. I am sure that he genuinely believes that he is.
 
 
24th August 2013:  SCHIZOPHRENIA LINKED TO FAULTY SWITCH IN BRAIN

Dear Tom,

Faulty switch in brain possible link to schizophrenia:  http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3790601?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Yes, I'll see you in Mather's tonight. But do stop blethering so much. You're getting on my wick

Yours,  Tarquin
 
 
 
 
 
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