In Memoriam: David Romprey

David Romprey - advocate, friend, father

David Romprey - advocate, friend, father

A memorial service for David will be Thursday August 7, 3:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1444 Liberty St. SE, Salem 97301.

From MindFreedom, July 31 2008

David Romprey has died: Psychiatric survivor, mental health consumer, advocate, activist, friend, father

by David W. Oaks, Director, MindFreedom International

This morning I received the overwhelmingly sad news that my friend, long-time activist David Romprey of Salem, Oregon, died suddenly last night, on 30 July 2008.

We are all still reeling from the news. This is just a brief notice, of course more later. I especially think of David’s two young children at this time, as well as the many, many close friends and colleagues David worked with. If you know of any who may not have heard the news — or just to exchange support — please phone them.

Tragically, David Romprey was just about to start his job with the State of Oregon on 4 August 2008 in the new three-year “Peer Bridger” program to help those he was most passionate about — those locked in psychiatric institutions — to integrate into the community.

Last month I had written a letter of recommendation at his request about this job. A few points especially stand out now: “He especially emphasizes the importance of inclusion of extremely low income and marginalized people actually in the state psychiatric system. David has been a bridge builder between those who currently use the mental health system, and those who have been traumatized by human rights violations in the mental health system. I especially appreciate David’s work as a consultant in the groundwork for building the Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition on behalf of the National Empowerment Center.”

My fondest memories of David R. was when he attended a protest a few years ago on Bastille Day. We had created a cardboard replica of the Bastille, and dressed up for fun. When the Bastille was destroyed, David R. took great joy in continuing to jump up and down on it, and I will always remember his humor and power and dedication.

EXTRA – Mental-health activist dies at 42, Medical issue kills David Romprey before car crash – Statesman Journal, August 1 2008
EXTRA – Two remembrances of David by his friend Bill Long – David Romprey I and David Romprey II
EXTRA – District attorney needs community’s support, op ed in Statesman Journal by David from July 19 2008