Most of my writing is in Norwegian at the moment, so I’ll be posting links for a while.
Here is a blog that is described as
“A venn diagram of policing, mental health and criminal justice”
An excerpt from “About”:
I eventually found out that there are no simple answers: you have to triangulate a multitude of opinions and form your own. You must accept from the start that when you then start expressing them, you will meet just some people who are prepared todie in a ditch before they will ever agree with you; even though you are trying your best to understand laws or guidelines and representing back opinions from people who do their job. When you point this out – that other people who do their job disagree with them about the issue in hand – and that they are contradicted by their own guidance, you start to understand the kind of paradigm we’ve constructed. It’s when you then meet other quite amazing health and social care professionals who will tell you that you were quite correct in what you thought you’d read – you start to wonder what onearth has been going on?
In this article Bruce E. Levine writes:
Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously. Evaluating the legitimacy of authorities includes assessing whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and care about those people who are respecting their authority. And when anti-authoritarians assess an authority to be illegitimate, they challenge and resist that authority—sometimes aggressively and sometimes passive-aggressively, sometimes wisely and sometimes not.
I’ve never thought of myself as an anti-authoritarian – looks like a label to me, and I dislke labels.
I also prefer pro- to anti-, and consider myself to be pro-responsibility.
Therefore I …
- question whether an authority is legitimate before taking that authority seriously
- assess whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and respect people who are respecting their authority
- and when I assess an authority to be illegitimate, I challenge and resist that authority—sometimes calmly, sometimes aggressively, sometimes wisely and sometimes not.
Which has brought me a world of problems from mental health care authorities.
And, looking back over the past 25 years, I would have done the same, even if I knew what was going to happen and how I was going to be harmed by Authority for rejecting It.
Because I have been giving myself who I am all the time, even if authoritarian harm caused progress to be glacial at times.
If I had chosen instead to be compliant? A “good patient”?
I think I would have been long dead.
Mental health care seems to require unquestioning compliance.
Can unquestioning compliance be mentally healthy?