A MindFreedom member let us know through a volunteer that she is atrisk of forced psychiatric institutionalization. Below is based on her report to a volunteer. ~~~~~~~

Stop The Forced Treatment of Alison Hymes

A long time MindFreedom member, a resident of Charlottesville Virginia and a tireless advocate for human rights in mental health, Alison Hymes, for the last two weeks has been confined to the closed and locked psychiatric unit at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Rucker 3, in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has been given a psychiatric evaluation and this Monday, March 14, 2011, a civil commitment hearing has been scheduled for her. An area lawyer may be at the hearing on Monday, but it is feared that the decision has already been made, and that she will be sent to Western State Hospital in Staunton over any objections he may have. This would be a matter of the sheriff driving her, in handcuffs, over the mountain to a hospital 40 miles away in the Shenandoah Valley. ~~~~~~~ ACTION: Please help us save Alison from being sent to Western State Hospital, a fate she fears worse than death. A simple action you can take is to contact the Virginia state commissioner of mental health demanding that she be released from her confinement and firmly requesting that she not be sent to Western State Hospital. His contact information is below: Jim Stewart ph: 804-786-3921 e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sample message—use your own words… “Stop the forced treatment of Alison Hymes, allow her to return to her home, and keep her from being sent to Western State Hospital. She has been harmed by the treatment she has received in the past, and we'd like to make sure that she is spared any further harm.” ~~~~~~~ More information: Much of Alison's present problems started after she complained about the effects of the steroids she was taking for her kidney. For her complaints, hospital staff sent her to a psychiatric unit. She was taking this medicine because she had had a kidney transplant due to psychiatric malpractice, lithium poisoning, she had endured in the past. One of the concerns her friends have is that Alison will not receive the kind of attention inside Western State Hospital that she may need, and as a result she could again lose her kidney. Such an environment as exists at Western State Hospital would be needlessly placing her life and her health in further jeopardy and peril. She has been on a prescription of the benzodiazepine klonopin for a number of years. She had been doing moderately well, when due to complaints of anxiety and sleeplessness, a doctor this summer put her on a low dose of Seroquel. Soon afterwards she found herself unable to drive, cook, bathe properly, or even take care of herself. Her doctor’s response to her anxiety over her condition was to raise her dose of Seroquel. He has been raising her dose of Seroquel ever since. He recently ended her supply of klonopin cold turkey. She is presently unable to concentrate. She also reports having difficulty standing up and staying on her feet. She has always had bad physical reactions to neuroleptic drugs, and she wishes to be weaned off them. FORWARDED BY: MindFreedom International 454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284 Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA web: http://www.mindfreedom.org email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. office phone: 541-345-9106 fax: 480-287-8833 member services toll free in USA: 1-877-MAD-PRID[e] or 1-877-623-7743 Unite for a Nonviolent Revolution in Mental Health. Join now! http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate "Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." - Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.