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Thursday, 23 February 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!

 

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.
 

Mad in America Interview with Sera Davidow

MIA Brain LogoMad in America published an interview with our own Sera Davidow in September of 2014.
 
The interview, called "The answer is that there is no (one) answer", covers topics including recent WMRLC film releases, the notion of recovery, and the necessity of moving beyond a medical model of emotional distress.
 
 

Article in the Times Union, November 2014

On November, the Times Union published an article called "Troy event explores alternative views of mental health; Filmmakers provide perspective of people with direct experience", about the RLC, our films, and our mission. It preceded a screening of "Beyond the Medical Model".

To read the full article, click below!

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Troy-event-explores-alternative-views-of-mental-5905144.php

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