please read this it’s so important i am so angry
I believe this story 100%, because I had a similar experience at RISD.
I went to RISD’s pre college program in the summer of 2012. I was doing fine, up until a point where I got pretty stressed. I was told to go to the health offices to talk to someone one day because I was having a mild panic attack. I went to the health services offices and at first they were nice. They said that I was fine and that everything would be ok. They asked me if I would like to be alone and I said no, because I was having a mild panic attack and I wanted people to be with me. This is when they started acting weird. One of the nurses left and was on the phone for a very long time. After about 20 minutes, she came back and said an ambulance was on it’s way and I had to go to the hospital.
I was so confused. Why the heck did I have to go to the hospital? Surely that would only freak me out more! I verbally resisted, and they said they were prepared to use physical force. That’s when I got really scared. I agreed, and when the ambulance came, I walked outside to meet it without resistance. I was grabbed by two paramedics and put on a stretcher. I was then STRAPPED DOWN to said stretcher. My entire body was velcroed down to the stretcher. Don’t believe me? I snagged a picture when no one was paying attention.
After that I was taken to the hospital. While in the ambulance, I was forced to give a small amount of blood for some reason. Once we got to the hospital I was NOT ALLOWED to get up from the stretcher. They told me I was not allowed to got off and these straps remained on until I was taken to a room. Once in the room, ALL of my belongings were taken from me. Phone, wallet, keys, even a doodle folded up in my pocket. I was then given clothes to change into and I was refused privacy while I did so. A nurse was ALWAYS present.
After I got changed they sent people in to take my vitals, etc. Then they sent I psychologist in. She asked me if I knew what was happening and I said I had no idea and I was scared. She said “you’re here because you tried to kill yourself and the school was worried you were a danger to yourself and you would also possibly hurt someone.”
Excuse me? I had a MILD PANIC ATTACK and this is what RISD told the hospital.
After about 30 minutes of talking and showing her that I had absolutely no lacerations (they told them I was slitting my wrists), they said “Then why are you here? You don’t need to be here.”
Overall, I was in the ER for 2 hours. I was released and then went straight to the offices. Since I had taken that picture, AND had a note from the hospital saying I didn’t need to go and was fine, I got a formal apology from the program. However, they NEVER paid the bills and I had to pay both the hospital and ambulance bills.
Moral of the story? FUCK YOU, RISD.
holy shit stella. re-reblogging for new info