IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL – Forced psychiatry is expanding – at society’s peril


On June 19, 2023, The Globe and Mail published, his opinion piece, ‘Forced psychiatry is expanding – at society’s peril’.

From Rob’s piece in the Globe and Mail:
Promoters of forced treatment push a well-known tale: Most large asylums were closed down by the 1980s, laws for committing people became strictly rights-protective, and legions of mentally ill people consequently became homeless. Thus we must broaden laws and coercively medicate more people “for their own good.”

Rob Wipond is a freelance journalist. He writes frequently about the interfaces between psychiatry, civil rights, community issues, policing, surveillance and privacy, and social change.

Rob is the author of ‘Your Consent Is Not Required: The Rise in Psychiatric Detentions, Forced Treatment, and Abusive Guardianships’.