Mother Condemns NAMI and Reporter Robert Whitaker

Mother Condemns NAMI and Reporter Robert Whitaker
When Robert Whitaker, a reporter and writer, took the stage at the NAMI conference in San Antonio, Texas, he unwittingly unleashed the hounds of hell.  His intention was to share some recent research indicating that perhaps the medicine bipolar and schizophrenic people take isn’t necessary and then proceeded to give testimonies of many who had gotten off of their meds and were doing just fine.  He might as well have taken to the podium and set off a charge of dynamite so fierce has been the reaction.  There were many people in the audience who couldn’t believe he had chosen a conference of an organization devoted to advocating for better care for the mentally ill since there were many participants in the audience who with great effort were staying on their meds with the support and encouragement of their family.  These same participants were also wondering why NAMI had allowed him to make such a presentation.  As anyone who has ever been a support to a mentally ill person knows any excuse will do for them to discontinue taking their meds.  Proving once again that our words are powerful and can have far reaching and long lasting impact please read this letter sent to author and mental health advocate, Pete Earley, by a mother who was at the conference with her mentally ill son as she describes the heartbreaking repercussion of Mr. Whitaker’s words.