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Restraint Free World compiles news articles and current events resources to provide community members with reliable information about the issues that affect them. These articles relate to the elimination of restraint and seclusion within the mental health community and assist members with finding strategies for improving their lives.

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Seclusion & Restraint Articles

information icon Women in solitary confinement (HTML)
Jan 2015 | Truth Out
information icon Special education student 'caged' in class (HTML)
Nov 2014 | The Fresno Bee/MCT
information icon Facing up to restraint in mental health units (HTML)
Aug 2013 | The Lancet
information icon New policy won't end 'seclusion rooms' (HTML)
Aug 2012 | The Columbus Dispatch
information icon Isolation chambers (HTML)
Aug 2012 | The Columbus Dispatch
information icon Alleged abuses at Lynn schools (HTML)
Mar 2010 | CNN
information icon Children forced into cell-like school seclusion rooms (HTML)
Dec 2008 | The Daily Item
information icon ER rights for mentally ill people (HTML)
Apr 2008 | 90.9 WBUR Boston
information icon Death in the restraint chair (HTML)
Sept 2004 | Dayton City Paper
information icon Eliminating the use of seclusion and restraint (PDF)
Aug 2002 | National Technical Assistance Center

Mental Health News

information icon Bill Lichtenstein nominated for 2016 Gloria Huntley award (PDF)
Feb 2016 | NAMI
information icon Report: Wis. youths receive poor mental health care (HTML)
Jan 2015 | Wausau Daily Herald
information icon Mental wellness warriors: Fighting for those who need it most (HTML)
Jan 2015 | CNN
information icon Miliband pledge to end child mental health 'neglect' (HTML)
Jan 2015 | BBC
information icon Mental Health in R.I.: Police receive training, but some say more can be done (HTML)
Jan 2015 | Providence Journal
information icon CA strike highlights larger issues with mental health system (HTML)
Jan 2015 | NPR
information icon Study links suicide risk with insomnia, alcohol use (HTML)
Jan 2015 | Medical News Today
information icon The real connection between ambition and mental health (HTML)
Dec 2014 | Huffington Post