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DHS adds stigma to mental health issues

30 Nov 2013, 23:22 UTC
DHS adds stigma to mental health issues
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Trigger Warning: Story discusses problems faced by woman with depression who sought to enter the USA.
When it comes to somethings, I still go old school, and one of those things includes getting a daily summary of SlashDot highlights. In one of these quick summaries of all that’s new, I stumbled across a story that broke me on many levels. Here is the summary from SlashDot:
Jah-Wren Ryel writes
In 2012, Canadian Ellen Richardson was hospitalized for clinical depression. This past Monday she tried to board a plane to New York for a $6,000 Caribbean cruise. DHS denied her entry, citing supposedly private medical records listing her hospitalization. From the story: ‘“I was turned away, I was told, because I had a hospitalization in the summer of 2012 for clinical depression,’’ said Richardson, who is a paraplegic and set up her cruise in collaboration with a March of Dimes group of about 12 others.
If you read through the linked article you’ll learn that Ms Richardson was denied access to the USA because in 2012 she was hospitalized and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would only clear her for entry into the USA if one of three specific doctors ...

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