Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American Muslim writer, activist, attorney and award-winning author. Her next book, a memoir about living with bipolar disorder entitled Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, is set for release August 1, 2013.
"As a mental health advocate and someone living with a serious mental illness who has been hospitalized for it on several occasions, I know the dangers of solitary confinement or "isolation" firsthand. There is no doubt in my mind that it is cruel, dehumanizing and counterproductive. The practice has been shown to induce mental health problems in those with no prior diagnoses. To use solitary confinement to treat mental illness or as a means of punishment in prisons is like using feathers to sharpen a sword. It can cause serious and permanent wounds, and it will never work. Join me in supporting 'Opening the Box' to help end this horrific practice wherever it exists!"