Friday, October 8, 2010

A Brand New Blog Worth Reading

I've been writing about old psychiatric hospitals the last few entries, for the same reason that Santayana said to recall history. So it's not repeated.  So people when hospitalized won't suffer like our ancestors did.

With that in mind, I am pleased to announce that long time activist Jonathan Dosick has started a blog, Civil Rights in Psychiatric Hospitals.  

I am breaking one of my cardinal rules, I don;'t promote brand new blogs having been burned by brand new bloggers I start reading and they stop blogging after a month or so. If you are a blogger and you want on my blog roll, my requirements are 1. You gotta be blogging for three months, and 2, I have to like reading you. I don't have to agree with you but I have to enjoy reading you.

Jonathan has been an advocate in Massachusetts for a very long time. Here is Jonathan's mission: i snded in dis
We must address the continuing climate of disrespect, coercion and disempowerment that we see daily at inpatient facilities. This is carried out in the name of patient safety, but is grounded in discrimination, ignorance and the relentless pursuit of Profit.

The hospital lobbyists who furiously oppose our efforts claim that State authorities should not dictate clinical care - but their dismal record regarding basic patient rights shows that they need oversight.

In the mental health system, why is 'clinical care' so misunderstood? Why, in the name of 'proper clinical care,' are basic civil liberties and the dignity of so many violated so brazenly?

This is one not only do I enjoy but it's a must and should be on our blog rolls. To stay in the loop about what goes on and how to change it. Because Jonathan is an awesome activist. It's tough to read, but a little bit of knowledge goes a long way and might come in handy for a loved ones hospitalization. Not every hospital is bad. But so many ones are and with so many budget cuts, a little knowledge does go a long way.

12 comments:

D Bunker said...

Thanks for the heads up!

susan said...

you are welcome Bunker

Andrew said...

I agree he is an awesome activist. And it is kind of tough to read, but it is needed.

Jonathan Dosick said...

Wow. I am truly humbled and greatly appreciate your kind comments. To be mentioned on such an awesome blog as this is a great honor.

Kathy Garolsky said...

Awesome post you got here.Looking forward to see more of your great works..

D Bunker said...

Jonathan; All the very Best to you with your new endeavor.

How Many Citizens are run through these profit churning meat grinders to feed a Disability peddling Empire, every day? 1 in 5 people are Incurable in this Country? Bull Hockey!

Just tell the truth about them, and you Will effect change.

Edwin said...

sure i'm looking forward to it,.,,

Syd said...

I think that there are hospitals that need more oversight. I am glad that my mother went to a psychiatric hospital where she received excellent care.

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