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Humor vs. Mental Health Screening in Eugene, Oregon

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A short news article about using humor to challenge plans by President Bush to make "mental health screening" common throughout the USA for adults and children.

_Eugene Weekly_ Eugene, Oregon, USA 29 September 2005


Northwest of Normality

The Eugene-based nonprofit MindFreedom International will be screening people at the Eugene Celebration for "normality."

The street theater this weekend is inspired by President Bush's announced plans for nationwide mental health screenings for all adults and children.

"More than 1,000 people were screened at this year's Oregon Country Fair with no normality detected," says MindFreedom Director David Oaks. "Every rumor of normality has thankfully always been a false alarm."

Watch for clowns in white coats and red noses screening the public with rubber chicken wands to try to spot any normality, says Oaks, "which has still not been discovered."

Regarding the White House screening plan, Oaks says, "Watching for troubled people sounds good. But the public should know these plans are heavily influenced and promoted by the psychiatric drug industry. We want better advocacy and alternatives first, before mental health corporations use schools to recruit more customers for psychiatric drugs."

MindFreedom is a U.N.-recognized NGO promoting human rights for mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. For more information or to help, stop by booth #55 at the Celebration, call 345-9106, visit http://www.MindFreedom.org or e-mail oaks at MindFreedom.org.

http://www.eugeneweekly.com/2005/09/29/news.html#2

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Chuck Hughes is a psychiatric survivor activist from Santa Barbara, California.

"I find inspiration and mental support in MindFreedom," says Chuck. "I like associating with like-minded activists for human rights in mental health. When I go into a Board or Commission and say I am a member of MindFreedom International. It gives what I say a lot more validity and my voice carries a lot farther. My first of eight involuntarily institutionalizations was at age 23. I have witnessed much injustice in mental health. I have been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. My goal is to help stop forced outpatient psychiatric procedures, seclusion, restraints and other human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern is the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages."
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