Electroshock protest in Clackamas

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Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:00am
Interview with survivor and activist Deborah Schwartzkopff
Despite a common public perception that it has largely gone away,  electroconvulsive  therapy (ECT), better  known as electroshock or shock therapy, is still a widespread practice.
 As we reported on Tuesday, this Saturday, May 16 is an international day of protest against electrock.
Survivors of ECT and their allies will gather in local communities around the world to protest the widespread use of a practice that they say has limited effectiveness and causes lasting damage.
In the Portland area, both Kaiser Permanente and the Oregon Health Sciences University utilize electroconvulsive therapy, and numerous other facilities in the region also engage in the controversial procedure.
MECTA Corporation in Tualatin is also one of the two major producers of ECT equipment.
Debra Schwartzkopff, a local survivor and patients’ rights activist, runs an informational and advocacy website, ectjustice.com.
She is also the organizer of one of two Oregon protests, at the Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, this Saturday from eleven a.m. to one.
KBOO reporter Paul Roland spoke with her by phone earlier this week.
Again, a local protest as part of an international day of action will take place this Saturday at the Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center from eleven to one.
The address is 10180 SE Sunnyside Road in Clackamas.
Anyone attending is asked not to park on Kaiser property.
The other Oregon protest is happening in Eugene at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza at 125 East Eighth Avenue at one-thirty in the afternoon.
For more information, go to www.ectjustice.com.
Schwartzkopff will present “A Critical Look at Electroshock Treatment” next Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45 in the evening at the National College of Natural Medicine,  49 Southwest Porter Street in Portland.
The event is sponsored by Rethinking Psychiatry.
          Also this Saturday there will be a conference on “Shattering Stigma with stories: Mental Health and Faith Communities,” from two to eight p.m. at the Montavilla United Methodist Church in Portland.
          The conference is aimed at helping to shatter the isolating stigma of mental health challenges, especially within communities of faith.
          The address is 232 Southeast 80th Avenue and for more information on the conference, including registration, contact Kris Moore at interfaith@folktime.org.
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