Rethinking psychiatry: a conversation with Robert Whitaker about a more compassionate mental health system
Our treatment of those in emotional distress manifests itself everyday. Too many Oregonians struggling with mental health issues can be found heavily medicated and warehoused. Or, they are turned out onto the streets to become the victims of crime or institutional violence as in the case of James Chasse. This is an issue that goes beyond public policy reform. It is one that calls for a fundamental reexamination of the "broken brain" model of psychiatry upon which those policies are based.
My guests this morning on KBOO Talk Radio: Larry Collins,Fulton Burns, and Bruce Johnson from the People of Purpose and Associates, who are doorknocking in East County to chat with people about community violence as well as police accountability.
Tonight we bring you Crystal Cooper. Crystal is a recovery mentor with Bridges to Change. She spoke about her job as a mentor at the 2010 Out 4 Life Re-entry Conference. On tonight's show we share with you the presentation she gave at the conference.
Veteran journalist Reese Erlich discussed his experience by actually talking (imagine!) to some of the people vilified by our government as terrorists. His new book is Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire.