Free Tziona Ben Aharon From Northeast Florida State Hospital

MindFreedom International Human Rights Alert

Tziona Ben Aharon was Baker Acted five times by her son, and one of those detentions led to her civil commitment at Northeast Florida State Hospital in Macclenny near Jacksonville. Tziona, a 58 year old Miami resident, has been given a diagnosis of “dementia”. There are affidavits attesting that Tziona has been physically attacked by hospital staff. Tziona is currently malnourished, dehydrated and “asleep” most of the time. On one occasion, her sister, Jaffa Raviv, reports that she was found by hospital staff to be non-responsive, pale, and unconscious. She is under a regimen of six or more drugs, one of which is the powerful neuroleptic Haldol. She is also unable to communicate with the staff at the hospital because she doesn’t speak english, she only speaks Hebrew. There has been evidence of the use of restraints on Tziona by NEFSH, and she is also said to have been subjected to shock treatments.

Recently we staged a protest in support of Tziona in front of Northeast Florida State Hospital. The protest went very well, and was even covered by Channel4 News in Jacksonville. Although this protest went well, it has not lead to Tziona’s release. Neither of Tziona’s sisters, despite a court order, have been allowed by the hospital to visit their sister. Jaffa Raviv is afraid that continued treatment at NEFSH will result in her sister, Tziona’s, death.

Tziona has been put on a feeding tube she cannot swallow or eat on her own, yet the hospital refused to transfer her to VITAS Healthcare, Sunrise FAX: 1-877-848-2702, where she might receive the medical attention that she so desperately needs. The hospital has also refused to transfer her to North Beach Rehabilitation Center FAX: 305-945-8280. Members of her family have also spoken about the possibility of moving her to Israel ASAP.

MindFreedom International has issued a previous alert on Tziona, but her situation at NEFSH has changed little since that alert was issued. We are, therefore, issuing a second human rights alert on behalf of Tziona Ben Aharon. You can help Tziona by calling the following numbers and by asking for Tziona’s immediate release from Northeast Florida State Hospital, and her transfer to the care of her family and, through them, to a real medical facility.

Florida Governor Rick Scott
Office Phone: 850-921-8461
Email: http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/

Hayden Mathieson
Florida Mental Health Commissioner
Department of Children and Families
Phone: 850-921-8461
Fax: 850-487-2239
email: hayden_mathieson@dcf.state.fl.us

Disability Rights Florida
800-342-0823 Toll Free
850-488-8640 Fax

You may also want to call any of the numbers listed from our previous alert.

1. Joseph A. Infantino – Hospital Administrator (904)259-6211 Ext. 1104
2. Alice Oswald – Assistant Administrators Institutional Superintendent
(904)259-6211 Ext. 1107
3. Doug Shine – Head of Social Workers Administration (904)259-6211 Ext. 1505
4. Dr. Colleen Belle – Head of Psychiatry (904)259-6211 Ext. 1751
5. Dr. Garry Dopson – Head of Medical – Critical Services (904)259-6211 Ext. 1618
6. Dr. Stella Rodriguez Medical Services Tziona’s Doctor Building 3C
(904)259-6211 Ext. 1534
7. Bob Bark – Nurse Psychiatry (904)259-6211 Ext. 1985
8. Brian William Hurd Tziona’s Attorney 1(321)759-6719 CELL
1(321)453-5007 Office
9. Chaplain – Rabbi Mendy Levy (305)342-6665

For additional information call:

10. Yaffa Raviv (305)773-0717


Mental Health Treatment and Work: The Gateway To Corruption

Mental health treatment and work has become a gateway to corruption. The parenthetical existence that it supports and fosters are coming close to bursting the parentheses entirely. Certainly there is a limit to humanities inanity in this matter. If so, the species has yet to reach that limit.

The industry propaganda, driven as are all things in this industry, by pharmaceutical company profiteering, is obsessive. “Mental illness is real, it is real disease, and it is brain disease.” Given this profit making equation, if “mental illness” is in the genes, the drug industry booms. If “mental illness” is in anything else, it can be ignored, there’s less profit in going there. Cha-ching. Nuts is to the bone.

Blaming violence on “mental illness” has led to a great increase in the population of people claiming to have “illnesses” of the mind. Not by itself, mind you, there is also the great ‘anti-stigma campaigning’ going on north east west and south. It’s now okay to be nuts says the propaganda. Of course, if it’s okay to be nuts, it’s also okay to have fewer rights than other human beings, citizens even.

If I reach into this hat here, we will find out what the answer is. Ah ha! Hiring mental patients in mental health work. Now there is no need to leave the mental health treatment world whatsoever over the course of multiple lifetimes. Your children’s children can get diagnoses and employment in the mental health care, er, “mental illness” system, and nobody is any the wiser.

We’ve got job security. We’ve got market expansion. We’ve got an illusion to foster and maintain as long as is humanly possible. I guess that means until extinction then. The artificial crutch business is booming. They say 1 in 4 people in the USA has a diagnosable “mental illness”, and if you buy that garbage, brother, sister, I’ve got a few bridges to show you.

The serious “mental illness” business is something for us to get serious about indeed. That’s where the money is, and that’s also where the greatest failure rate resides. Failure here is the reason for so many human success stories. Somebody has to look after all the failures. Where, in fact, would we be without them. Slumming it, of course. Instead we have the negative prognosis, the downward spiral, and the deteriorating outcome.

The needy people business needs needy people in order to prosper and grow. Without needy people, social service people are out of a job, therefore, the more needy people the better. We’ve got a bureaucracy to maintain after all. Housing, feeding, therapy, the works, we’ve got it all covered. You can get work working with the jobless. No need to get nostalgic over the dwindling GNP. That’s why we have developing countries.

Pop Goes The Mental Health Industry


Mental health, on the part of mental health workers and mental health consumers, constitutes an obsession, a fixation to the exclusion of other, if not more, equally important matters. Self-absorption, let me stress, need not consume the major portion of any one person’s time, and taking the matter a little further, it need not consume the major portion of a person’s life either.

This fixation, this obsession, has resulted in a staggering population boom in the numbers of people receiving taxpayer monies for what are suggested to be psychiatric disabilities. One book I chanced upon recently made the claim that the mental patient population has increased 3-fold since the 1990s. Mental health (i.e. mental illness treatment) literature increasingly puts the figure of people in need of mental health services at somewhere approaching 20 % of the population, and even, in many instances, nearer 1/4 of the population.

Biological psychiatry, the other equally obsessed side of this equation, ever strives to be blind to its own connection with the discredited eugenic theories of the past. If self-absorption is biological in nature rather than the result of conscious decision making, job security is assured. The mad doctoring profession must equally be the result of some sort of magical archetypical throw of the dice. Fortunate indeed, in other words, is he or she who can forge a career out of “caring” for the less fortunate.

The failures of psychiatry are glaring. Not that long ago there was talk about a war on “mental illness”. At the present juncture in time, it appears as if that war against “mental illness” has been won by the “disease”, or the “disorder”, if you prefer, rather than by the mental health profession. The “mentally ill archetype”, at least for the present, is with us to stay. This war on “illness” has degenerated into a war on “stigma’. Funny thing, as in the war on “mental illness”, “stigma” seems to be winning.

The struggle against “stigma”, in point of fact, flies in the face of the struggle against “mental disorder”. As this “stigma” is seen as being directed against people possessed by a “mental disorder”, asking them to forsake their precious “mental disorders” is seen as a more precarious task than asking others to give up their “stigmas”. If state subsidies are to be seen as entitlements, these subsidies entitle people to their “mental disorders”, and their respective faiths in those “mental disorders” as well, gay sera sera. To suggest otherwise is to “stigmatize” people blessed, or damned as the case may be, with psychiatric difficulties.

In actuality, the “mental disorder” gene is still proving to be as elusive as the purple cow of legend. Mental health treatment, on the other hand, is big, big, big business. You are not going to have a small amount of “mental illness” when “mental health”, its treatment, is such big business. Desperate people, I suppose the theory goes, require desperate measures. Of course, the one thing desperate measures don’t do is to alleviate peoples’ desperation. On the other hand, if we throw more money on the fire, the fire will grow, we can pass the buck, and blame, of course, the disorder for being so pervasive.

The real problem here is that the industry itself needs treatment because, if unreason is a disease, it constitutes a disease. Perhaps you’ve heard the old adage: “A fool and his money are easily parted.” Well, this adage is especially true when mental health treatment is doing the parting. That said, the fool here is not so much the mental patient as it is the taxpayer who is footing the bill for the patient, the mental health worker, and all mental health industry fellow travelers. I won’t say the cure is within sight. At this point in time, the solution remains a hoot owl on the branch of a tree in the depths of the night.

Outside of the System Is Not Expanding the System

In the 1970s, we had a mental patients liberation movement. In the 2010s, we have a mental health services consumer movement. I’m one of those who does not think this development an improvement. One could say that, given this directional change, as far as the war on “mental illness” goes, “mental health” lost. Liberating a person from the mental patient role is one thing, consuming mental health services into perpetuity is another. Liberation from the mental patient role was also liberation from the mental health system. Consumption of mental health services, on the other hand, requires an investment in the mental health system, and with it, an investment in “ill health”.

The next question you have to ask is what is it that is being consumed. Activity in the mental health industry is driven by the pharmaceutical industry. Certainly, there is an outlay for the time of mental health professionals, but psychotherapy is now the province of lesser professionals than those with medical degrees. The thing being consumed, that costs, in most instances, are psychiatric drugs. Following the psychiatric drug taking regimen that comes with this panacea of modern psychiatry are a slew of physical health complications. People who listen to their doctors, and consume psychiatric drugs, die at an age on average 25 years younger than their contemporaries. Consuming mental health treatment, in other words, is hell on the body. Liberation still embodies many more years of lived experience on the planet.

The self-injurious behavior of cutters and burners is one thing, the self-injurious behavior of people who consume mental health services is another. Sometimes this self-injurious behavior is the result of misinformation and, at other times, this self-injurious behavior is the result of folly. When you have the facts, and you continue to ignore them, you have only yourself to blame. Although there has been talk of a “recovery movement”, this “recovery movement” has degenerated into the idea of being an “in recovery” for life movement. The mental health movement, in other words, took it’s cue from the addiction/substance abuse ruse with similar results. Insanity has become incurable in the public mind again. You’ve got people entering the mental health treatment world at one point who never emerge at another.

Part of the problem with this consumer recovery model movement is implicit in the idea of employing an elite to guide, from among the consuming crowd, the afflicted minions. Corruption, by any other name, would smell as rank. “Recovery” here would be achieved by hiring from among the consuming population a paraprofessional elite of helpful staff. The mental health systems in many places are now hiring, due in part to the prejudice in communities, and in particular of potential employers, against former mental patients, what they are calling Peer Support Specialists, and there are also former mental patients that go on, through academic advancement, into careers in the mental health system. The corollary to this additional staff is often forgotten, and that corollary is additional patients.

When mental health patients get into the business of mental health treatment, the mental health treatment industry expands. When the mental health treatment industry expands, the “mental illness” rate increases. This business expands because the “health providers” would convince the potential consumer, that he or she is “sick”, and in need of their services. Convincing people that they are “well” is certainly not good for business, unless that “wellness” is only rhetorical, as in the “wellness” of a reeducation camp. The “wellness” of the reeducation camp is like the recovery of the “in recovery” movement method, always partial, never complete.

There can be no proof that any “mental illness” exists without it ceasing to be a “mental illness”, for evidentiary proof has to be physical. This is the standard dilemma of the psychiatric brain washing facility, the state mental hospital, and of psychiatry in general, given its medical pretensions. Elsewhere people are not imprisoned for their impugned infirmities, compounding misfortune on misfortune. Sure, there is the search for the “sick” gene, and I read where “schizophrenia” was referred to as a trait recently, but strictly speaking, a trait isn’t an illness. Of course, we could always lock people up on the basis of their eye color, hair color, or physical build, too.

The point I’m trying to make here is that if you want to simplify the matter you work in the other direction, that is, in the direction of decreasing the numbers of people in treatment. More mental health treatment means more people characterized as “sick”. The answer, as I’ve always tried to indicate, resides outside of the mental health system, not within it. One way to do this is to get people decent work outside of the mental health system. Not having viable employment, for an extended length of time, in fact, can get you admitted into that system. Outside of that system, there is health, economic health, too; inside of that system, there is mostly, if not only, quicksand, metaphorically speaking, as far as humanity goes.

Mental health comes of sabotaging mental illness factories

“Mental illness” is big business. Designing apps for mental health screening off PDAs, and positioning mental health screening devices in supermarket kiosks, are among the novel ways the “mental illness” industry has found of late for drumming up business. The idea is that if 1 in 4 people are nutzo, but only 30 % of that 25 % are ‘in treatment’, you’ve still got another 70 % of these loonies out there shy of your butterfly nets. If you want to make that 25 %, either you need a bigger butterfly net, or you need an additional stock of Looney birds.

Selling “mental illness”, in mental health ghetto lingo, is referred to as combating or countering “stigma”. It works like this, were one to suggest that there is something wrong with the government subsidizing people claiming psychiatric disability, then one is “stigmatizing” people with “serious mental illnesses”. He or she went to a doctor, he or she “won” the diagnosis lottery “fair and square”, he or she is entitled, and entitled to the lifetime pay offs, and the permanent vacation that goes along with such a scam. He or she who thinks otherwise is a bigot who “stigmatizes” people with “mental illnesses”.

Mental health professionals have their part to play in these “anti-stigma” scams, too, because it means more business, and more business means job security, and job security means status and power. You can’t be a quack, in other words, if you’ve got a legitimate college degree, and a steady stream of clients. You must be important and necessary as well. Yeah, right. The patient who invests in your services reinforces this sense of worth and purpose, and at the present time, patients are investing right and left. Mental health professionals are now claiming that those reluctant to use their services are guilty of a “stigma” against that profession. Of course, these claims are not made in the interests of downsizing (i.e. “mental health”).

Thing is, “mental illness” “exists” cough cough in this murky region between crime and medicine. Between the person with the large estate and the yachts, and the person who can’t get by working three or more jobs at once, you’ve a large crowd of people playing the diagnosis lottery. If they win they’re set for life, and if they lose, they’re set for life because they will win later. When the industry is after 25 % of the population, you’re chances of getting in are pretty good. An additional plus is that you’d be fueling industrial growth in the process by keeping the pharmaceutical industry afloat, pharmaceuticals that cause other “mental health” problems so-called, and pharmaceuticals that cause physical conditions on top of those psychiatric, sometimes neurological, complications.

“Mental health”, on the other hand, is not big business because the way to “mental health” is through non-consumption of “mental health” services. Another way of putting it is to say that either disease is physical, or it isn’t disease. Should you focus on physical health, “mental health” will follow, despite the fact that doctors have developed a health obsession disorder of their own for the sake of increasing business. Should you fixate on “mental disorder”, you can kiss your “mental health” goodbye, together with your physical health. Metaphysical ill health is like a black hole on the daily health record, the more you dwell on it, the more you get caught in the quicksand.

This is not to say that there isn’t a lot of money to be made by inferring that psychiatric problems are physical problems. We’ve now got a gene search for the source of personal difficulties going full tilt. Disappointed in their efforts to find the crazy gene, researchers are now pursuing gene clusters as the possible source of all sorts of socially unacceptable behaviors and negative personality traits. Brain research, too, is fueled by this industry. If we can find the regions of the brain involved, we can develop the drugs to pacify the afflicted. Patsies are not in short supply either, as with an economy out of sorts, on a periodic basis, you can expect from this industry only more and more expansion.

I, for one, don’t think “mental illness” should be a growth industry. Where physical illness is concerned, such growth would be characterized in negative terms as epidemic, or even pandemic. Of course, 1. “mental illness” has a little ways to go to catch up with the black death, and 2. it is not fatal. Encouraging “mental illness” to catch up with the black death is, in my book, not a great idea. Much mental health treatment IS potentially fatal. Until people start to realize that epidemic reports today are intended to increase the numbers of patients receiving treatment, you can’t reliably do anything about the problem. “Mental illness”, as such, is a growth industry and, thus, before you can do anything about slowing, halting, and reversing that growth, you need to recognize it for what it is.

A Few Words About The Church Of Psychiatry

“Mental illness” is the cardinal belief of the Church of Psychiatry. Converts to the Psychiatry faith are expected to believe in it the way Christians believe in Jesus Christ, son of God and miracle worker. Skeptics and disbelievers have been fully discredited for rashly stigmatizing both clergy and laity, doctors and patients, of this religion.

Although Jesus Christ has been credited with doing good, “Mental Illness” has been credited with doing much harm. It is seen as a negative and unstoppable force. What’s more, it adds coins to the Psychiatry Churches coffers. You’ve got a church built upon a fervently held confidence in human self-destructiveness.

The idea of “Mental Illness” presupposes its opposite, the idea of “Mental Health”. This concept of “Mental Health” is not really a consolation to people of the faith. “Mental Health”, for people in the Psychiatry religion, is rather like the idea of the Anti-Christ in Christianity. When people “get better”, the church is in jeopardy.

Fortunately, where faith is strong, “Mental Health” is on hiatus, perhaps permanently. There are no shortage of converts among the laity. It helps when you have a Eucharist of the sort that the Psychiatry Church possesses. The body of “Mental Illness” is the toxic drug regimen that so many among the converted find themselves so readily consuming, not just on Good Friday, but on periodic occasions everyday of the week throughout the year.

Psychiatry is an Evangelical faith and, as such, it has experienced enormous success converting heathen in recent years. Fully one fourth of people throughout the civilized world are said to be devotees of this religion, and it is spreading at breakneck speed. Low level Evangelicals are recruited from among the laity to serve a quasi-clerical missionary function in promoting the faith to good effect.

Although the enemies of “Mental Illness” are rumored to be many, the Psychiatry religion has been triumphant in keeping them at bay. When “Mental Illness” is “serious”, “Mental Health” keeps his distance, and all sorts of rituals, including the partaking of the Eucharist, mentioned above, ensure that this arrangement is held to be sacrosanct. “Mental Illness” keeps converts coming and coffers filled.

It is hoped, among the faithful, that someday soon every state in the advanced world will get around to officially recognizing Psychiatry as the state religion that it already is off record. Official recognition will help converts dispense with the archaic notion of freedom, and the rationalism that goes along with it, that has been such an impediment to the advancement and spread of this Church and its catechism.