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mental health matters, mental health, mental health awareness, mental breakdown, schizophrenia, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, mental disorders, therapy, emdr, mental health awareness, mental health advocate, ted talk mental health, nami

MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT A CRIME

#SAVESARAYA

We demand justice for 14-year-old Saraya Rees in Myrtle Point, Oregon. Saraya is a child who battles with mental illness. She was abruptly and improperly taken off her antidepressants by a local pediatrician which triggered her to go into psychosis. In this delusional state, she poured a small amount of gasoline on the living room carpet during the early morning hours, as her parents and  younger sister slept in the next rooms.

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READ Saraya's entire story below.

We demand to have Saraya’s case reopened and charges reassessed.We demand to see Coos Health & Wellness take responsibility and ensure their thoughtless actions are never repeated. We demand to see the corrective steps taken from Coos County Deputy Spencer Bell and Myrtle Point Police Officer Aaron Gilbert to ensure this never happens to an innocent child again. We demand DAs Karen McClintock and Paul Frasier admit they were wrong to pressure Saraya into a false confession when she was 13 and ill, and drop the charges against her now. We demand the release of Saraya Rees from juvenile prison and that she receives the appropriate mental health treatment for her condition. Mental illness is not a crime. Being black is not a crime. We demand justice and accountability.

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Saraya’s parents contacted Coos Health & Wellness for assistance. Rather than sending trained mental health advisors, Coos Health & Wellness called the police. Saraya was then arrested, questioned without her parents or a lawyer present, charged with attempted murder and assault, and sentenced to 11 years in juvenile prison by Judge Megan Jacquot.

This is not justice. This is inhumane.

As part of our #standupforchange collection, we are donating all of the profits from BOTH candles to go directly to the JUSTICE4SARAYA GoFundMe.

Being Mentally Ill is not a crime,

being black is not a crime.

We demand justice.