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.
Single Payer Health Care in -- The Affordable Health Care for All Oregon Act
Isn't it time we acknowledge health care as a right? What could possibly make it alright for there to be a profit motive in health care? Why should we endlessly capitulate to the private insurance industry? Why do people go without essential preventative care, while the executives take home millions of dollars? And why have we put up with this for so long?
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.