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Free Alison Hymes From Western State Hospital... We were asked to post the following updated alert for Alison by her friend, Frank. Please address any questions you may have directly to Frank at: nfla@mindfreedom.org.

ACTION ALERT to Free Alison Hymes!

Alison Hymes

Updated 1/31/15

MindFreedom is saddened to learn about Alison's continued problems and we hope she can overcome them. We note the Washington Post story about her, a biased article that chose to include the "food stains" on Alison's shirt and the sensational crimes of a few people with psychiatric labels, to the exclusion of any real detail about the true nature of involuntary psychiatry. MindFreedom's campaign against human rights abuses in psychiatry remains ongoing, you can read a little about it here : http://www.mindfreedom.org/mfi-faq/go/now

For those that believe Alison's continued troubles justify passing laws that will round up and forcibly drug hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens on the basis of them having a psychiatric label, we really do recommend you read the above link.

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Original alert:

Resident and longtime MindFreedom member Alison Hymes, on Wednesday, 7/3/13, had a re-commitment hearing. This hearing marked the 6 month, 1/2 year point, in her imprisonment at Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia.

The result of this hearing is that she was given another 45 days in the hospital after which she will be given another hearing. The result could have been worse as potentially she could have had to wait another 6 months for a hearing.
 
The bad news, according to Alison, is that the staff at the hospital are not talking about releasing her. She wishes to return to her condominium, her community, and the life she was living before imprisonment at Western State Hospital.
 
Talking to her over the phone it is not always easy to understand what she is saying. Her words are slurred and garbled. She claims that this is so because the hospital staff won't return  her dentures to her. Dentures they took from her.
 
In a previous alert we claimed she was taking lamictal rather than a neuroleptic. Following a previous hearing with her treatment team this is no longer true. Apparently her doctor thought it necessary to put her back on the drug prolixin. She is receiving shots of prolixin, a long acting injectable, every two weeks. She is also still receiving a daily dose of anti-convulsion drug lamictal.
 
She had gained much weight since being put on seroquel, the atypical neuroleptic she was receiving during her last hospitalization, and she is very sensitive, as you can well imagine anybody would be, about this issue. She doesn't like the effects of the prolixin, she understands it is a harmful substance, with a potential for doing her a great deal of damage, and she wishes to be taken off it.
 
Alison was the recipient of a kidney following lithium poisoning after a previous incident of psychiatric malpractice. Her friends and allies worry that keeping her at Western State Hospital
for any length of time will only further endanger her health. She says the medical staff at Western say she needs an operation, on an ulcer, but that the hospital is slow to get around to operating.
 
Asked what she would tell other members of MindFreedom she said, "I need to get out as soon as possible. I need to get out."
 
Direct Actions
 
Please, contact the following state officials, and urge them to free Alison Hymes from her confinement and maltreatment at Western State Hospital.
 
James M. Martinez
Director, Office of Mental Health
VirginiaDepartment
of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
(804) 371-0091
Jim.Martinez@dbhds.virginia.gov
 
Senator Tim Kaine
(202) 224-4024
http://www.kaine.senate.gov/contact
 
Senator Mark R. Warner
(202) 224-2023
http://www.warner.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?p=ContactPage
 
Delegate David Toscano
(434) 220-1660
DelDToscano@house.virginia.gov
 
Delegate Rob Bell
(434) 975-0902
DelRBell@house.virginia.gov
 
Sample message. (In your own words.)

I am writing (or calling) to complain about the forced drugging and false imprisonment of Charlottesville resident Alison Hymes at Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia. She is a danger to no one. She has been detained at the hospital for over 6 months now, and her continued detention serves no purpose. She is also being given periodic injections of prolixin, a powerful  neuroleptic drug, that is affecting her health in negative ways. Please, stop the abuse, release her from her confinement to WesternStateHospital, and allow her to return home to her community, her life, and her friends.
 
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We were asked to post the following updated alert for Alison by her friend, Frank. Please address any questions you may have directly to Frank at nfla@mindfreedom.org.

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