Unfortunately, with so much mystery in the world, surrounding the actually very simple subject of mental health, sometimes things go wrong. There is a lot out there that we never hear about, unless we have a friend or loved one going through it, because people don't like to talk about it. People can be seriously damaged by severe treatment, or harsh drugs that were never needed. Unbelievably, children and babies are put onto antidepressants, children and adults can be apprehended, committed and treated on an involuntary basis, as in the Baker Act. Electroshock is still done (ECT - think Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) on an involuntary basis on adults, children and the elderly, and even pregnant mothers. Ouch. If you or someone you know has been committed involuntarily, or harmed, or been the subject of what you consider to be mental health abuse or injury, and you need help or advice, help is here. We hear you. You are not alone, and you'll face no criticism. Just support, we promise.

Because sometimes we just need someone on our team.

One of the best services we have found for this, is CCHR, a brilliant non-profit organization that not only helps the victims of mental health cruelty, injury or abuse, but also helps bring to justice those who caused the injury or death, so they can't do it to others. See their film below.

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If you know what ECT is you'll know it's unpleasant. It's an old treatment that most people think is long gone. But it still happens. Astonishingly, approximately 1,000,000 people are electroshocked every year, although, a lot of doctors don't like it and won't use it. Many, prefer something less invasive. Some nurses refuse to be in the room while it's being done. Sometimes the patient doesn't want it and it's done anyway against their wishes. The results are scary. It can produce prolonged or delayed onset seizures, cardiovascular complications (including heart attacks), breathing complications, confusion, permanent memory loss, brain damage and even death. Damn. 

 It can be really damaging and sometimes kills. So why is it still happening? We don't know either. Many countries are trying to ban it. The US wants an immediate ban using it on children and the elderly. The State of Florida looks to be in good shape to put a stop to it, with a ban as early as next year. Yay. If you live in Florida and believe that you, or someone you know, has suffered ECT injury, or abuse, or you live outside Florida and want to help ban it in your area, you can help. Good for you!

Because sometimes your help is invaluable.