“When evening comes, and I go to bed. I am laid in belts and when I wake up and want to turn over, I must be unlocked”
Every day for two years a woman who is in her 30s have been chained to belts at Gaustad Hospital. Her only wish is to die.
SHE WRITING FROM THE INSIDE of Gaustad Hospital. The small room has gray-white walls. On the table in front of her is a few papers and an empty bottle of Pepsi Max. The only sound is the roar of an air conditioning system.
For three months, through over 250 emails to VG, she has portrayed her life on lockdown unit.
There is no other patient in Norway which is treated in a similar manner:
For nearly two years, the woman, who is in early 30s, have been restrained in belts all or part of a day. When she writes, the arms strapped into belts bolted to the desk.
Day and night she watched by nurses.
She can not take a shower or go to the bathroom alone. When the family visits her, they are always supervised. She weighs 40 kilograms and is chronically self-harmer.
TRONDHEIM / OSLO (VG) Every day, dozens of patients are tied down against their will by Norwegian hospitals. Every four cases are never reported to health authorities.
It happens every day in Norwegian hospitals: Psychiatric patients acting out in a way that enables healthcare professionals decide to use one of the most intrusive forced methods at their disposal – to tie the patient downby force.
VG can today reveal how Norwegian hospitals under report serious coercion. Hospitals tells of chaos and, information that disappears on the road to national health authorities – and patient information recorded with pen and paper.
Lacked nine out of ten decisions
Worst in the class is St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim. Where nine out of ten belt orders were never reported to health authorities.
VG has mapped all decisions on using “mechanical restraints” like belt restraints and straitjackets by the 115 institutions in Norway that are approved for treatment of psychiatric patients.
This type of coercion is regarded as one of the strongest types of coercion that the authorities can do to an individual and is therefore subject to a special control regime.
The institutions are required to report all use of coercion to the central health authorities, but every fourth belt laying does not exist in the official figures from the Directorate of Health :
– While Norwegian hospitals in 2014 reported in 2802 cases of this type of coercion, said they now that figure is 3768 – that is almost a thousand more.
– Directorate of Health believes that the use of mechanical coercion go down in Norway,but VG survey shows the opposite – the numbers are on the rise.
– Health Authorities are reporting lower figures than is real. Only one hospital managed to submit the correct number – Vestre Viken in Buskerud.
– St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim reported in 30 belt laying ( coercion ) to Norwegian Patient Register in 2014, but says now that the real number was almost nine times higher – 251.
Behold the eerie work of Brazilian street artist Herbert Baglione. These ghostly shadows painted in an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy are a part of an ongoing project titled “1000 Shadows.”
Baglione’s work isn’t just limited to abandoned psychiatric hospitals (although I truly dig this idea), his painted silhouettes have shown up all over the world in deserted buildings, foreclosed homes and empty offices. His ghostly shadows tell the stories of the souls who once inhabited the now abandoned spaces. Locations that once had life.
You can follow Baglione’s “1000 Shadows” project on his Facebook page.
Cheers, its been well over a year now since I was released from Hospital, so here is some of what has happened.
Up to October 2015, I think it was, I was still under forced psychiatric order, then I won a hearing at the control commission ( Kontroll kommisjonen ) and was released from forced psychiatric treatment, which meant the state could no longer inject me with their drugs on a regular basis ( which was all that they want to do).
The year has been good for most parts, spent most of my time hibernating in my apartment, getting my economy back on it’s feet and focusing on organizing the group I am working with, I am still taking sleeping medications ( Zopliclone ), well light ones, as I have some issues with keeping a regular routine.
Else from that it has not been a bad year, at all. Now its 2016 and I am considering my options on whether to remain put or start considering moving on, Denmark and the south sounds tempting still. However moving is expensive when you got shit to move.
I still have regular visits from the Hospital that checks up on me and gives me prescriptions as needed. They become most cooperative, else from that I live in splendid isolation, well except from the internet and all the comrades I meet online
here are some Spring photos to enjoy