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NAMI, KIND launch petition over medical boards’ intrusive psychiatric questions

It’s been seven months since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a global pandemic. And while many are getting tired of being in quarantine, those on the front lines are dealing with a different kind of fatigue.  

“There are very few physicians who won’t have taken care of people with COVID-19 or known someone who has died of COVID-19,” said Eileen Barrett, an associate professor of medicine at the University of New Mexico.

And although recent studies have shown that at least half of medical health experts are struggling with trauma and depression, a survey found that 40 percent of physicians –– who also report high rates of suicide –– are afraid to get help due to concern that it could affect their medical license.


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“Those risking their lives the front lines of this pandemic deserve our support, and that includes support for their mental health,” said Katrina Gay, National Director of Strategic Partnerships at NAMI, in a statement. 

Ahead of World Mental Health Day, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and KIND are petitioning five states – Florida, Wyoming, Alabama, Oklahoma and Idaho – to reconsider asking intrusive questions related to mental health on board license applications. 

“There are people who want to express their solidarity, compassion and support for healthcare workers,” said Barrett. “This is something that is tactical, tangible and achievable for people to make a difference in healthcare workers’ lives.”


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Historically, state medical license boards have required applicants to disclose any history of psychiatric difficulties or receiving treatment, through varying lines of questioning. But the American Psychiatric Association has said that having psychiatric history is not an accurate predictor of mental fitness, which makes such questions irrelevant –– and potentially a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prevents discrimination by public entities on the basis of disability, unless shown necessary.

“It’s hard enough to get to get the time off from work; it’s hard enough to access mental health care; it’s hard enough to navigate the health system; and then to worry about whether you will lose your license, that’s a legitimate fear,” said Barrett, who was one of several medical experts who worked with the New Mexico Medical Board to update their language to help destigmatize seeking mental health treatment. 

“If we have bias against health professionals getting mental health care, then we have bias towards people getting mental health care,” she said. 

Research shows that asking these questions has discouraged many who need it from seeking psychiatric treatment out of fear of losing

Paris Hilton calls for Utah boarding school’s closure following her abuse allegations, starts petition

Paris Hilton is calling for the Provo Canyon School (PCS) — where the socialite alleges she was abused while she was enrolled as a teen — to be shut down.

The former “Simple Life” star shared never-before-heard details of what she allegedly endured in her new documentary “This is Paris,” as well as in an interview with People magazine last month. Hilton claimed she was traumatized daily at the Provo Canyon School in Utah, where she was enrolled for 11 months at age 17.

Provo Canyon School previously responded to People magazine’s original report, telling Fox News in a statement at the time: “Originally opened in 1971, Provo Canyon School was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time.”

Provo Canyon School did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request seeking additional comment.

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Now, the hotel heiress and pop culture phenomenon is calling for the facility to be shut down in a new video shared on her YouTube Channel on Monday.

“I was abused at Provo Canyon School,” Hilton, dressed in a sharp white blazer, claimed in the video, which is titled: “SHUT DOWN PROVO CANYON SCHOOL.”

Paris Hilton previously alleged she was traumatized daily at the Provo Canyon School in Utah, where she was enrolled for 11 months at age 17. The boarding school has said that it was 'originally opened in 1971' and 'was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time.' (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)

Paris Hilton previously alleged she was traumatized daily at the Provo Canyon School in Utah, where she was enrolled for 11 months at age 17. The boarding school has said that it was ‘originally opened in 1971’ and ‘was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on the operations or patient experience prior to this time.’ (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)

Below the video, Hilton alleges that “Provo took away my childhood among thousands of other survivors, as early as 9 years old.” She added that “while this movement is so personal to me, it is much bigger than just my experience.”

The 39-year-old further maintained in the clip that she plans to “put all my effort into reforming the industry.”

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In addition, Hilton plugged a Change.org petition, which had over 40,000 signatures at the time of publishing. She has been pushing for reform on her Twitter account as well.

“This Is Paris,” a recent documentary centered on Hilton’s upbringing and wild teenage years which aired on YouTube earlier this month, put the Utah school on notice and shed light on the #BreakingCodeSilence initiative Hilton and her former Provo classmates launched to expose the industry.

Paris Hilton. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Paris Hilton. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

A memorandum has since been placed on the boarding school’s website just below the masthead, referencing the Hilton’s documentary.

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“We are aware of a new documentary referencing Provo Canyon School (PCS),” the note reads. “Please note that PCS was sold by its previous ownership in August 2000. We therefore cannot comment on