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Involuntary psych hospitalization increases suicide risk says new study

Even after controlling for factors leading to suicide



A recent academic study found that people who are involuntarily committed or temporarily detained in a psychiatric facility would be more safe if these forced measures were not employed. The study was published in the journal, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, and published by the American Association of Suicidology. The researchers were Jordan, J. T., & McNiel. The study controlled for factors that lead to suicide, suicidal history, base suicideality etc. This means the study cannot be dismissed by simply saying those hospitalized were already at risk of suicide, as this was controlled for in the study.

Prison/jails are similarly under recent scrutiny for failure to prevent suicide. Recently, Jeffrey Epstein, the notorious alleged child abuser, found it easy to commit suicide in a forced confinement facility that has even greater suicide preventative measures than your average psychiatric facility. The idea that suicide in forced confinement facilities was easy, led to mass public disbelief and conspiracy theories.

But back to psychiatric facilities. Similar studies highlighting the role of psychiatric hospitals in promoting suicide societally have been published in the past.

JAMA Psychiatry found that risk of suicide was 100 times greater than the average immediately after being released from a psychiatric hospital, and a 2016 report said that “adverse experiences associated with hospitalization” were responsible for the high number of post-discharge suicide attempts. Involuntary hospitalization was associated with increased risk of suicide both during the hospitalization itself and afterward.

The power-tripping pro-psychiatric movement has reacted by claiming involuntary commitments are only done for extreme cases or that other methods (threatening end of therapy, using family against the patient, shaming etc) are somehow not forced. Or by throwing out random references to the corrupt Scientology religion. The study however, concludes that involuntary hospitalization increases short and (most importantly) long term risk of suicide even among the most suicidal.

19% of psychiatric hospitalized patients committed suicide after release according to the study

and 63% of them felt they were forced into hospitalization according to the long term study, conducted in the span of four years. The patients were asked if they felt forced as near-forced methods are used by local governments and psychiatrists under the guise of actually forced methods. This was confirmed in a series of interviews we did with three self-identified, “psychiatric survivors”, who helped with the research for this news article. They highlighted how, for example a patient will be involuntarily committed or risk legal trouble if they do not, “voluntarily”, admit themselves via local community psychiatric boards. Another patient talked about a psychiatrist repeatedly violating HIPAA rules by contacting a parent by email for updates on the patient. The female ex-patient said they intend to sue their parents and the psychiatrist over the matter with the help of a free public defendant using legal contacts they obtained from the anti-psychiatric social justice blog Mad in America.

Suicide in psychiatric hospitals is easy and rampant

It is not at all hard to, for example, bleed or strangle oneself to death in a psychiatric or prison facility (do not take this as suicide advice, if you need help, please speak to a friend). Rates of suicide in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, where it is the job of practitioners to prevent suicide, is 106x higher than in non-psychiatric hospitalizations according to Clinical Leadership and Infection Control.

Recently President Trump has come out in favor of increased forced psychiatric hospitalization in an effort to curb murder-suicides. The subject of involuntary commitment and violent suicide apparently hits too close to home for the American Health and Human Services Department, who subsequently warned their employees not to defend or criticize Trumps comments on social media.

Assuming the conclusions of all these studies are true (and there is ample evidence available), one who acknowledges the role of forced psychiatry in suicide typically could easily arrive at the conclusion that forced psychiatry is not usually about protecting the individual or society. But only about containing an individual from those socially embarrassed by that individual.

(Featured photo: A large mental hospital in Lithuania)

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  1. AC Smith

    August 24, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you so much for telling the truth. I’m going to show people this link like every time I am explaining the harm of these “hospitals.”

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