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Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles was my one & only Quixote & I was fortunate to be his Dulcinea. Goodbye, sweet Charles. You were a lovely, lovely man. So blessed to have known you, so sad that you are gone. Love always, Rita (Durbin) Thomas

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Posted by Rita Thomas on 09/21/2017 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Fighting the Stigma of Depression

If you want to end the stigma of mental illness, you will have to end the special HIPPA regulations that deny access of mental health patients to their own mental health records despite the fact that all other forms of protected health information are required by law to be granted upon request.

If a patient has AIDS, a highly stigmatized disease, they still have the right to request their own medical records.

If a patient has depression, they don't have the right to request their own medical records.

We treat people with mental illness worse than we treat people with AIDS, despite that mental illness can be cured in some cases, but there is no cure for AIDS.

Don't believe me?

"Providers Psychotherapy Notes

You do not have the right to access a providers psychotherapy notes.

Psychotherapy notes are notes that a mental health professional takes during a conversation with a patient. They are kept separate from the patients medical and billing records. HIPAA also does not allow the provider to make most disclosures about psychotherapy notes about you without your authorization."
https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/…

If you want to end stigma on mental illness, you will have to end the punishment of the mentally ill who choose to reveal their suicidal ideation to a professional with involuntary commitment. Considering even those convicted of crimes can generally avoid involuntary confinement, this treats the innocent mentally ill presenting for treatment for depression or suicidal ideation with a stigma worse than that attached to convicted criminals.

"The laws governing involuntary commitment vary from country to country and state to state, but, in general, laws restrict involuntary commitment to those who are mentally ill and/or under the influence of drugs or alcohol and are deemed to be in imminent danger of harming themselves or others. In the United States, the maximum initial time for involuntary commitment is usually 3 to 5 days."
http://www.suicide.org/involuntary-commitm…

If you want to end stigma on mental illness, you can not socially tolerate attempts by non-physicians to diagnose their enemies with spurious mental illnesses in order to discredit them. However, as the last year's election cycle shows, this isn't only common, but apparently acceptable by even major media outlets.

If you want to end stigma on mental illness, psychiatric evaluations would not be considerable evidence in child custody battles.

"psychiatrists can contribute to custody decisions in evidence-based fashion by assessing parents for mental illness"
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-h…

If there were no stigma on mental illnesses such as depression, admission of depressive symptoms such as suicidal ideation would not result in consequences such as loss of the right to informed treatment and medical records, involuntary confinement in a hospital, loss of perceived fitness for work, and loss of the most precious thing of all, custody of their own biological children.

However, if you deem the sources I've provided as credible, these consequences are exactly what those considering seeking help face.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 09/21/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Jessi Zazu: In Memoriam

Well said. We will love and remember Jessi forever.

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Posted by Eric Kolkey on 09/21/2017 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind ...

The school I used to work at had a small homeless camp develop, a couple and two single guys. The couple was very nice and organized and I would bring them doughnuts before having to open up and they had to move (I found them a place to stash their stuff) One of the guys was an utter ass and I accidentally hit him in the head with a door occasionally. The last guy was full blown nuts but always nice with me. But the landlord called the PD. So what you gots is personalities across the board defying instant judgement.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 09/21/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Fighting the Stigma of Depression

ditto

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Posted by CL Mullins on 09/21/2017 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Blowing in the Wind ...

I feel like I could've written this. It was straight from the heart and soul. As a lifelong Midtowner, with blinders and earplugs, it gave me hope and gives me reason to be be more receptive. You expressed my same sentiments and struggles and his.

Posted by MaryJo Weakes on 09/21/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Fighting the Stigma of Depression

Two thumbs up on this. Thanks, Maya.

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 09/21/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

all beautifully said, chris davis. 'the rivals' was one of the best times i've ever had in the theatre, and charles billings was a HUGE part of that. what a treat it was being around him and on stage with him.

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Posted by Ann Elizabeth Biz Lyon on 09/21/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Proposed Silos Could Obstruct Well-Known Mississippi Vista

I am sorry to hear this thing, I am a cement warehouse producer, for me, the cement warehouse is the lowest height.such as http://www.zzzhenheng.com/products/Bolted-Cement-Silo.html. 50T length 24ft.

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Posted by Sara Hou on 09/21/2017 at 3:25 AM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Thank you for this. "Charles Billings was fully human and he was entirely divine. He'll be missed. He already is. "

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Posted by Becky Kelly on 09/20/2017 at 11:35 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Good piece. Thanks for this.

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Posted by Mark Pergolizzi on 09/20/2017 at 10:00 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

Charles was a blessing. He was so generous and he always loved house sitting for me, becuase I discovered later he absolutely loved practice on my Baldwin piano that seemed to resonate perfectly in the room it was in. His gentle talking voice was a blanket of support and comfort every time I heard it. You will be missed big Daddy.

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Posted by Michael Guthrie on 09/20/2017 at 8:05 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

I was at WKNO TV in the early '80's and will always remember Charles running with bone phones draped around his neck in between FM on air moments. He was such an incredible, like-able, bigger than life character. He will be very missed.

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Posted by Mike B on 09/20/2017 at 6:45 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

I graduated with Charlie in 1973...i will never forget the times with Ms Hedgeman and all of the cotton carnivals and talent shows. Thanks for sharing my friend. May heaven be blessed by your arrival. PAUL Ferguson

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Posted by Michael Ferguson on 09/20/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “The Kitchen expands with Next Door; another Mama Gaia

Is it me, or does the food described in the article not match whats in the pictures? Pictures are yummy, but FRIED, fish/seafood, right? And the article seems to describe...not that. Yummy, but not that. Just askin'.

Posted by Dawn Strawder on 09/20/2017 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Loeb Wants $24M Hotel in Overton Square

And...parking? It's in short supply now. Where will hotel guests park, and what will replace the lot? Most times, it's full by early afternoon.
And if Hattiloo expands again...?

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Posted by Dawn Strawder on 09/20/2017 at 4:32 PM

Re: “What's In Store

I'm not telling anyone what to do with their money, I'm just explaining to someone who asked why what's being done sucks more than it used to.

Posted by FUNKbrs on 09/20/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

So well written, Chris. Thank you.

Shane

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Posted by Shane Beeson on 09/20/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

I recall many moons ago when Sue of P & H fame got married in that very establishment, Charles was on hand to sing "Somewhere There's a Place For Us." He made a special occasion that much more special.

RIP Charles, Sue & Wanda

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Posted by Carol Penn-Romine on 09/20/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “A Memory of Charles Billings

You are in that pic! There are so few production shots from that show, but many pictures of us in rehearsal practicing period-style bowing. Betty. Ruffin.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 09/20/2017 at 3:29 PM

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