A Letter From Mary Weiss, mother of “No. 13” in U. of Minnesota Schizophrenia Study

Hello Amy, 

My son Dan died as a result of akathisia caused by Seroquel.  Possibly you have read the account of his death under TwinCities.com, ‘Death of No. 13’.  
That these drugs cause violence and suicide is a fact and this information is available everywhere on the internet.  You mention ssristories.com.  That is only one place.  You probably know of the many more.
Amy, there is an answer and a way to heal those with mental problems other than neuroleptics, and that answer is Soteria.  I don’t know if you know of Dr. Loren Mosher and the Soteria Project in which those with serious mental illnesses got well without the debilitating effects of the neuroleptic drugs – but rather through compassion and caring.  Unfortunately, Dr. Mosher died a few years ago, but a Soteria House is opening in Anchorage, Alaska this year.  We, however, need Soteria residences in every state.  Google Loren Mosher’s letter of resignation to the APA (American Psychiatric Association.)  Also Google Lars Martensson, a Swedish physician who wrote a wonderful essay, ‘Should Neuroleptic Drugs Be Banned?’
I am asking everyone if they would write to Senator Charles Grassley and ask him to request funds form congress to build Soteria Houses, and also to prohibit anyone on a stay of civil commitment (as Dan was) from entering a psychiatric clinical study.   Please write to him in care of Angela Choy at 217 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C.  I have exchanged many e-mails with Angela, and she has called me and told me Senator Grassley is immensely interested in mental health issues and to keep information coming.  (I have sent her the book ‘Soteria’ and ‘Mad in America‘ by Robert Whitaker.)  The answer to mental illness is not drugs, but kindness, compassion and caring.  People can get well, as my son Dan certainly would have.  
We have power – and we can make a difference.  One person can make a difference – YOU!


I have attached a letter I wrote to Senator Grassley in April, a copy of the bill I am asking him to present (it refers to Minnesota only because I tried to get it heard hear first until two FDA Agents suggested I contact Grassley) and a copy of a sample support letter.  100 friends and relatives have sent letters of support to Senator Grassley.  Will you please do so also?  

We can be heard!

Mary Weiss


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