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NASW-NC Members Bebe Smith and Victor Armstrong featured in the New York Times!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
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New York Times


Now Mental Health Patients Can Specify Their Care Before Hallucinations and Voices Overwhelm Them


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Steve Singer, who has bipolar and borderline personality disorders, knows when he’s on the verge of a mental health crisis. The female voice he hears incessantly in his head suddenly shuts up, and the hula hoop he gyrates while walking to the grocery store stops easing his anxieties.


That’s when he gets to a hospital. Usually, talking briefly with a nurse or social worker calms him enough to return home. But this year a hospital placed him on a locked ward, took his phone, and had an armed guard watch him for 20 hours before a social worker spoke with him and released him.


“I get the heebie-jeebies thinking about it,” said Mr. Singer, 60. “They didn’t help me, they hurt me.”


Deeply upset, he turned to something he’d never known existed: He completed a psychiatric advance directive, a legal document declaring what treatment he does and doesn’t want.


Read the entire article, including details of Bebe and Victor's work and perspectives, here!

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