Mental Illness

Circuit court casts doubt on mental illness, firearm prohibition

Wednesday, September 28, 2016Clifford Tyler was briefly involuntarily committed in 1985, following a bout of severe depression arising from an emotional divorce from a marriage of 23 years. In 2011, Tyler attempted to purchase a gun. Despite having no subsequent diagnosis or documented…

Lawsuit alleges cruel and unusual punishment at Montana State Hospital

Tuesday, September 27, 2016Ryan Bragg is a 21-year-old man with mental illness who is civilly committed at Montana State Hospital. Frustrated by the lack of running water in his room, Bragg broke off the fire sprinkler from the ceiling on June 16, partially…

Report cites progress combating use of solitary confinement on inmates with mental illness

Wednesday, September 21, 2016The Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Prison Project released an extensive new report, “Locked Up and Locked Down: Segregation of Inmates with Mental Illness,” on September 8, documenting the disproportionate and harmful impacts of the use…

SCORE jail, DRW collaboratively improve conditions and services for inmates with mental illness

Thursday, September 15, 2016South Correctional Entity (SCORE), a multi-jurisdictional jail located in Des Moines, WA, has worked collaboratively with the AVID Jail Project of Disability Rights Washington since January 2015 to make swift and significant changes to improve conditions for inmates with mental…

Frozen star Kristen Bell shares her experience with depression

Thursday, September 8, 2016Kristen Bell is known for her roles in hits including Frozen and Veronica Mars. And now, she is also becoming known for openly discussing her depression. In a letter published on Motto, an online magazine created by the editors…

Baltimore police report spotlights disability rights violations

Monday, September 5, 2016The Baltimore Police Department systematically violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the civil rights of people with disabilities, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declared in a 164-page report released August 11. Launched in response to the protests

DOJ files Olmstead lawsuit against Mississippi

Wednesday, August 31, 2016The Department of Justice sued the state of Mississippi on August 11, accusing it of “unnecessarily and illegally” institutionalizing hundreds of people with mental illness daily in its state hospitals. “When individuals with mental illness receive the services they…

(Video) Poet shares complex personal experience with eating disorders

Tuesday, August 23, 2016In Western societies, it’s hard for girls and women to avoid weight-related insecurity. Media, magazines, popular culture all idolize body images that are often unhealthy, and tell girls that their worth is linked to their appearance. It’s no wonder then,…

New Hampshire to begin reporting certain mental health records to national firearm database

Thursday, August 4, 2016An announcement from New Hampshire that the state will begin complying with federal mental health reporting requirements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is raising concerns from disability advocates. Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, people…

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