SUPPORT A BAN ON ECT ON CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE.
Mental Patients Liberation Alliance
Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
The Opal Project
History is going to keep repeating on us until we do something about it.
Sign on to this ban
and help us build power!
Mental Health Empowerment Project,
The Empowerment Center
This is phenomenal! Finally something being done to end the atrocity of electricity being
purposefully shot through the human brain in an effort to subdue people. the fact that it is even allowed to be done on children
and the elderly is such an affront to the human experience as to be called Inhumane!
Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault
The Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault supports
this bill that will protect children, and in some cases the elderly, from this brain-damaging procedure. However, this is
an ineffective and dangerous procedure across the board, and NO individual should be subjected to it. ECT should be banned
for everybody. For more information about electroshock, please visit: http://capa.oise.utoronto.ca/
I hope that this bill goes through so that children in New York are protected from this procedure. I look forward to
the day when all people are spared the devastating effects of ECT. Let's continue to work together for a universal ban! In
Isaac S. Brown
stop this inhumane treatment
We need to get this ECT Ban Bill out of committee this time!
Electroshock causes much more harm than good therefore it should be abolished
as a form of 'therapy'. It is still forced on many people esp. women. This is torture. It is outrageous to use it on
I fully support a ban on ECT performed on minors and adults without
properly informed consent--a procedure that is not properly regulated by our already lax FDA by way of its being grandfathered
in, a procedure that causes brain damage without exception, a procedure that carries only risks long term and has only temporarily
ECT is the greatest form of human cruelty. Many a psychiatrist
will self prescribe "fun" medications but I don't know of one who willingly stuck a tongue in light socket.
Stop this travesty!
Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
Please end this practice now!
Parents in Action
ECT should definitely not be given to minors, and shouldonly
be given to adults with their full consent and total understanding.
John M. Donnelly Jr.
Felice Debra Eliscu
I can't believe
we are having to ban this harmful procedure in 2009. It is torture that causes permanent damage. Stop shocking kids!
Michael G. Spennato
Forced ECT should not be a legal option because, no matter what the experts
may claim, it will always be used for financial reasons as long as it is available. All the personal motivations of
mental health professionals will always be a factor in deciding whether or not someone is forced to have ECT treatments as
long as they are legally permitted. The mental health system should be required to use more humane, less drastic alternatives
- but it never will as long as the law allows it to force these more extreme procedures on people. This is especially
true of lucrative procedures like ECT.
Mary Ellen Copeland
I cannot attend. But I wish I could. It is horrific. ECT on kids under 16 disgusting.
You have my support from afar!
East Bay, CA
Wish I could be at another Bastile Day. Lead on!
Electroconvulsive therapy An electric current passes
through your brain to make you HAPPY. (just stand outside in a storm with some tinfoil wrapped around your head) Jimmy was
going to kill himself, instead he had ect, he's more fucked up than ever
UGH! I didn't even know they did ECT on kids. I doubt that I will be able to make
it in person, but I will be there in spirit.
Aubrey Ellen Shomo
I am with you in spirit rom Colorado
Dorothy W. Dundas
All ECT should be banned!
Shock treatment should not be given to adults, much less children. I support a ban on ECT for children.
leni magali whitehead
stop electroshocks on kids
ect on children is inhumane and animal torcher.
children are human beings. there not a cat
or dog or any animal that you can just hunt down to slaughter, a child is not some object
that you use an electric drill
to drill nails through.
they are human beings of human flesh the human that you are. children were brought in to this
world from GOD. the same GOD that brought your [sorry] [asses] here, not by some imaginary god but by the one and only GOD
that brought US ll here.
CHILDREN do not belong in mental health but rather in the home of there parents being a normal
child going to school and leading a fulfilled life.
STOP! THE UST OF SHOCK TREATMENT ON CHILDREN NOW!.
Alysa Solomon, PhD
I support a ban on ECT; there is no such thing as voluntary ECT,
no one who was fully informed of the risks and consequences of ECT would voluntarily consent. Research consistently
consludes inconsistent findings-no consistent empirical data suggests long-term positive effects, depressive symptoms are
evident within a year of ECT'treatment.' What is consistent is long-term declaritive, episodic, and semantic memory deficits
and short-term procedural memory deficits. We know better now!
Edith C. Scheie
it's a disgustingly barbaric prctice to administer a treatment that has been clearly shown to have enormously damaging and
LASTING effects on ANY brain.How we can sit by as a society and allow this "treatment",ECT(SHOCK TREAMENT) to be
given to our children is almost astonishing.How can we possibly sit by and allow this to happen-under ANY circumstances?!It's
essentially taking a young life-forever-WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT,because a child of that age doesn't obviously have the ability
to make a decision of that magnitude.They're not even legally allowed to make the decision to drink until they're 21.I think
that instead of damaging the brain to elicit "better behavior",we need to focus more on some of the treatments that
allow the brain to thrive & grow(oh,they're out there).Highly unlikely,or difficult at best,after having electricity surging
through your brain.I think we can do better.And to me,pharmaceuticals aren't the answer,either(especially in a develop!
ing mind&soul),but I guess that's another sad story.I pray we come to our senses about these very crucial issues and
learn,as individuals,to think for ourselves-maybe we would be smart enough to think twice about the B.S. we're being "fed"-on
a daily basis-and it would seem to be mostly for the almighty $$$.Sad.
many people think electroshock was banned long ago. let's make that belief a reality.
ECT is a barbaric form of mental "treatment"
and should be banned, it causes brain damage and it absolutely has no benefit,it is destructive and inhumane and it is something
you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy!!! Please ban this practice if you care for our children!!
JONES-REILLY & KENT REILLY
I HAVE KIDS AND I WOULD NEVER LET THEM
BE SUBJECTED TO ECT TREAMENTS BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THEIR BRAINS ARE NOT DEVELOPED COMPLETELY AND SO NO ONE YET KNOWS WHAT THEY
I wish there were no ECT, especially forced ECT. I TOTALLY support a BAN on ECT
on kids under 16!
this ban on ECT on children.
Thomas M. Morley
I support the ban on the use of ECT on people under 16.
New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
Margaret van Rhyn
anybody's brain is one of the worst crimes! Brain damage renders the poor victim LESS able to survive and enjoy life!
Please ban ECT on young, still developing brains & bodies. Let ALL people give
consent only & not EVER be forced to undergo ECT against their free will.
Please outlaw this savage and barbaric form of torture that has no therapeutic value
and rather cuases great harm
Timothy J Harris
America promotes basic human right in other countries then we must first have basic human rights in America. Every day we
do not is historic tragic shame.
End the use of electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) - shock treatment - on children in New York State
medieval and shouldn't be performed on *anyone*.
This is child abuse of the worst kind.
Dr. Jeffrey C. Danco
The time has come to protect children--and adults--from this "treatment" which is far worse
than any disease it is purported to treat.
I am a psychiatric drugged abused
survivor and I was drugged for 23 years and I want this stopped permanantly, I have a story of abuse and friends that have
been shocked against their will
I am totally against ECT for adults I
am damn set against the brain frying of children
Gerald L. "Moss" Bliss
Asheville Homeless Network, the nation's only membership organization
for homeless people, is solidly against all labeling and "treatment" involving electric or insulin shock "therapy"
or long-term use of dangerous psychiatric drugs (which includes all of them). All case studies show that these "therapies"
damage the individual much more than psychiatry will admit or wants known. We support the ban of these "therapies"
on children as well as adults. All people should have basic civil rights, which includes control over what is done to their
bodies, and we should be protecting, not harming, children.
I look forward to the day when this barbaric treatment
is banned for ever in all our countries
I was brain damaged by ECT
Ban ECT now!
Campaign to Ban Electroshock
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
I support the ban on ECT on
children under 16 years of age.
I believe that for some people ECT is an effective treatment. However, it
must never be used forcibly or in a coerced situation. It ought never be used on minors, who are by definition, unable to
give consent. I have seen the effects of ECT on people during the over 50 times I have been hospitalized for depression. Once
used, a person never recovers the full use of their memory and are changed. For some, the choice to try ECT is a last desperate
decision to reduce symptoms. However, I challenge you to provide an example in which use on a minor would be acceptable. Many
mental illnesses resolve or disappear entirely later in life. ECT in some situations is being used as a punitive or behavior
controlling measure for adolescents. ECT has only been shown to be effective for severe, long term treatment-resistant depression.
Surely no minor would meet these criteria!
As for forced ECT, the above applies as well. Use of threat or application
of ECT to control a person's behavior or other sypmtoms is unacceptable and a violation of the self. I would consider it worse
than my experience of being raped by a psychiatrist who was angry and frustrated by my multiple hospitalizations at the unit
he ran. The expereince was an extreme violation of my body
but my self and mind could recover. Forced ECT is a more severe
violation because it permanently affects the brain itself, the seat of consciousness and the self. Please pass this legislation
NOW, saving many people from the oppressive threat and reality of forced ECT.
Person with Lived Expereince
of Recovery from Severe Mental Illness who went through Hell and Came Back to Speak Truth to Power
Hans Jorgen Munch-Holbek
It is unbelievable that ECT is being forced on children under 16. There is no literature to support
effectiveness and plenty of evidence of the brain damage that is caused by ECT. Please stop in the name of humaneness.
Rick S. Hill
stop psychiatric child abuse now
I support a ban on ECT for children
This is an outrage!!!
Nick & Ety Willemse
barbaric treatment, should be outlawed.
I can't believe this is still happening.
I support a complete ban on
ECT let alone a ban on young people. Thanks Assemblyman Orits for sponsoring this bill. I hope it gets passed. http://fhabuse.org
this is an important issue and requires our full support... sign on now!
S. Silver, MD
I can think of no indication for ECT in someone
under 16 years of age. Anyone who is being considered for this should have intensive psychotherapy instead.
Pastor Willie D. Bacote
will stand with you and demand that they stop using this type of treatment on our kids, unless we stand firm for the rights
of our children this is just another ploy of the devil to rob our kids of thier hope, future and happiness, we will see you
on the 14th@ the Capitol!!!!!! Pastor Willie
Mark P. Radz
a history of three courses of "treatments" dating back to bi-lateral at high voltages in 1981, unheard
of today, i know the damaging after effects very well. power to the people! the civil rights movement has only just begun!..mark
Anna de Jonge
Electro Convulsive Shock
should be outlawed, it is a degrading inhumane practice to disable people. Doctors should not do that!
For the sake of human beings, lets treat our people well.
It is unacceptable that a code intended by Parliament to give effect to the humane principle of the 1992 Mental
Health Act, should allow humans to be forcefully contained and electrocuted through the brain, under the name of treatment
for months at a time.
The absurd state of the law on this issue is the result of, in effect, allowing the Mental
Health Industry itself to write the Welfare law for human beings, in the face of doubts and criticisms from the Patients Rights
Given the obvious public disgust and disbelief that resulted from the article in The Uncensored
Magazine: The Utter Travesty of Mental Health in New Zealand, March, 2009, it is hoped that the Minister of Health opts
for substantial changes to the Mental Health Act 1992, when its schedules review takes place as soon as possible.
We trust the minister will avoid being swayed by claims that Electro Convulsive Shock are good for peoples welfare and essential
to our mental health industrys viability.
No forced treatment such as barbaric Electro Convulsive Shock is beneficial
to human beings.
If the minister takes the sensible and humane step of banning electro convulsive shocks to human
beings, there will be an inevitable lapse of time before we are rid of it.
In the mean time the Mental Health
Industry needs to make considerable efforts to regain the publics confidence.
Consumers deserve some assurance
that they will be treated with respect and dignity. Unfortunately, labeling is beset with absurdities.
As an independent organization we need to stand up and demand informed consent, humane treatment for all our members.
Anna de Jonge
Patients Rights Advocate.
Non Government Organization (NGO)
65 Tawa Street
Ph: 07 8435 837
to end this practice now.
In solidarity and support.
Children's brains are still developing-even
in adolescence. This growth shouldn't be stunted by shock treatment or other means-especially since there are other modes
of treatment for psychiatric problems.
ban stealing kids to shock.
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