Monday, 26 June 2017

RLC in the News

As a community, we are always looking for opportunities to share the work we're doing, and sometimes we find success in print, on the radio or on television. In this section, we will share some of our successes and increasing awareness of the RLC and all we do!


Check Out April's "Sun Magazine!"

Check out Sun Magazine’s April 2017 issue, featuring an article, ’An Open Mind’
by Tracy Frisch, and featuring the Western Mass RLC’s Director, Sera Davidow.
Sun Magazine
It will be available in April (soon!) at www.thesunmagazine.org/ and at newsstands
where the magazine is sold - be sure to check out the whole issue, it's a great read!

RLC Hearing Voices Work in the News

HVNUSA LogoCheck out this new article in "Foreign Policy", featuring the RLC’s own Marty Hadge and Caroline White, and our Hearing Voices work. (We don’t love the title, but there’s lots of good information in the piece.)
"People with unquiet minds are locked up, medicated, and stigmatized. Now an international support network is telling them they might not be sick at all."
by Samantha M. Shapiro

Over 140 Gather to Protest the Boston Globe's Spotlight on Mental Health Series

Globe Protest 2016On Monday, August 1, more than 140 people from all around Massachusetts gathered at the Boston Globe’s offices in Dorchester to protest their ‘Spotlight on Mental Health’ series, and hold a vigil for the many lives lost to restraint, seclusion and police responses in situations with people who were in emotional distress. The main point of the protest was to speak out against the sensationalized series that painted people with psychiatric diagnoses as violent and dangerous.

Over 600 names of people lost were read aloud, and their laminated cards and flowers were left on Boston Globe property to represent each individual named. Several Boston Globe employees also came out to speak with protesters, and learn more about their perspective, including Globe Editor, Brian McGrory and Spotlight Editor, Scott Allen.

Protesters arrived with several demands, including an apology from the Boston Globe and a retraction of a recent pro-force editorial. When the Globe did not agree to these demands, about a dozen of the protesters carried out a plan to stand on the front steps of the Globe until they were heard or arrested. This plan was carried out between 5 and 6pm, and most of the protesters on the steps were arrested and released on their own recognizance later that night.

Overall, this was a very well attended and successful action, heavily supported by our own Western Mass community, and we look forward to next steps!

The Western Mass RLC in the Media!

Puzzle HeadWe’re excited to share that the Western Mass RLC has made some high-profile appearances in the mainstream media this past month. The first was in a New York Times article, 'An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold', by Benedict Carey. It appeared in print and on-line on Tuesday, August 8, and featured some of the great Hearing Voices work led by RLC team members, Caroline White, Marty Hadge and others in our community.

Then on Friday, August 12, an editorial called, 'How We’re Missing the Real Story on Mental Health In Massachusetts' appeared in the Boston Globe. It was written by the Sera Davidow, also of the Western Mass RLC. This article highlighted both the good and the bad that the mainstream news often overlooks.

Both articles appeared on the front of the science sections of their respective publications and can still be viewed on-line (click the links above!).

U.S. News Article on the Murphy Bill and the Right to Privacy

On August 12, 2015, the U.S. News published an article about the Murphy Bill. Sera Davidow of the RLC is quoted in the article several times speaking to how the bill will impact people's human rights. The article looks at various perspectives from organizations like the RLC and The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, as well as some organizations that support the bill.
To read the article in full, please click below.



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