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Violence, Schizophrenia, & This Journal
By KEN STEELE, Publisher
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The fact that millions of people with schizophrenia live in the community today is good news, not bad. I know. I am one of them. ... The fact that most schizophrenics are not dangerous and would never hurt anyone isn't newsworthy and doesn't sell. But it's the truth!"

"Kendra's Law" Passed
By DAVID KELLOG
"The new IOC law could affect a significant number of persons living with mental illness who have a history of lack of compliance with treatment."

My Experiences Led Me to Be What I Am
By JENNIE AYALA
"When I am asked how I would encourage others in their recovery, I say: 'You have to learn to help yourself and you have to have the will to want to get where you want to go.'"

And S/He Was Said To Have A Long History of Mental Illness
By KISHA HAMILTON
"To remain silent, means society can pretend we do not exist."

Domestic Violence& Disabled Women
By HOLLY A. DEVINE, MSW,  and CAROL BRIGGS
"Women with disabilities stay in dangerous conditions significantly longer than their able-bodied counterparts"

Book Review: Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence-From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
By STEVEN D. HOMAN
"She says that when most people are faced with a life-threatening situation. they come out of it a different human being."

When Police Come for Consumers
By DANIEL FREY
"We asked these officers to look at the way we look now. [We look] just like them. [They must] see us as whole people, not just EDPs."

The Andrew Goldstein Verdict
By LAURIE FLYNN
"Although Andrew Goldstein was so sick that New York State passed a treatment law as a direct result of the case, a jury has found that he was not sick enough"

Violence and the Mentally Ill
By SALEEM A. SHAH, Ph.D.
"Rather consistently, studies prior to the Sixties found that mentally ill persons who had been hospitalized in public sector facilities tended to have post-release arrest rates that were lower than those for the general population."

Mental Illness is Not a Predictor of Violence
By LAURA YOUNG
"Many people with schizophrenia tend to be isolated and withdrawn and more often than not are the victims of violence rather than the perpetrators."

Rise in Crime of Mentally Ill Matches that of Society
By IAN MURRAY
"results of his close study of patients and crime statistics over the 20 years show that there have been no increases in offending if the rates are compared to the increase in offending in the general population"

Violence Stereotype Hurts People with Mental Health Needs
By OTTO F. WAHL, Ph.D
" individuals discharged from psychiatric hospitals who were not also substance abusers were no more violent than members of the communities in which they went to live"

Mental Health Violence Study
By JOHN MONAHAN, Ph.D
"In our study, nearly 1,000 male and female psychiatric patients between 18 and 40 years old were monitored for violence to others every 10 weeks during their first year after discharge."

School Violence Demands Look at Children's Mental Health
By PATRICK CODY
"We know that this nation does not pay sufficient attention to children's mental health. In all 50 states, far more children need mental health care than get it."

A Bellevue Perspective
By HENRY C. WEINSTEIN, M.D.
"For many years, New York tabloids have related some horrible crime, usually in the Times Square area, and then stated that the perpetrator "was taken to Bellevue." While this has provided Bellevue with considerable name recognition, it is an unfortunate bad rap."

"Dangerous to Self..."
By SUSAN HOEXTER
"wanting help, I went to see a psychiatrist and I  tried to be honest and tell all. I have regretted that decision ever since. What I learned was that the treatment for people who have what is called SIB, or self-injurious behavior, is often barbaric, to put it mildly."

Intervening with Potentially Violent People
By SHERRY L. SKIDMORE, Ph.D.
"When we arrived at his trailer home, he was sitting on the front steps barefoot, unshaven and with an empty gallon wine bottle at his side. As we got out of the car he leveled a 357 magnum at us, mumbling that he was going to die and so were we."

The ACT Team Treated Me with Disrespect
BY DEREK SENAPE

"[Thanks to the ACT team] I now have a much greater sense of insecurity especially when dealing with authority figures in a psychosocial or psychotherapeutic setting as well as dealing with people in the world."


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