Open Letter to The Washington Post’s Robert Costa

Dear Mr. Costa:

IT’S relatively EASY TO MAKE A BUCK from hospitals who employ “white coats” (psychiatrists) who involuntarily force drugs that can kill or disable hapless people tagged with mental disorders from a nosology deemed invalid 7 years ago by the former director of the NIMH, Thomas Insel.

IT’S HARDER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE for the unfortunates tyrannically imprisoned, in the name of medicine, ostensibly because they pose a safety risk to themselves or others.

Please don’t believe me, rather compare the patient experiences and financial fortunes amassed by me and my Zahm Hall section mate from the class of ’93, Michael O’Neil, Founder and CEO of the GetWellNetwork.  

The differences you will find are dramatic and important.

Your colleague, Mr. Tom Brokaw, closed his commencement address with the capitalized lines above back in 1993, and this scoop of a story clearly demonstrates Mr. Brokaw was and remains correct.

It’s time to dismantle the tyranny of “coercion” in mental healthcare in this country.

Thank you for your time and consideration. 


Francesco Bellafante

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