MFI Wins Human Rights in Mental Health
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(Published: May 14, 2013 01:00 AM)
MindFreedom International, the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) and the California Client Action Workgroup are sponsoring a protest of the American Psychiatric Association’s 2013 annual conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco — an Occupy Psychiatry Eventread more ....
(Published: May 10, 2013 04:48 PM)
May 11, 2013...Join MindFreedom host, SOPHIE FAUGHT and activist filmmaker, LISE ZUMWALT to talk about forced drugging and her first feature film, "That's Crazy," which documents one man's decision to take his treatment into his own hands, defying a commitment order and an order to treat while searching for recovery. LIVE on Saturday, May 11th, at 2 pm ET, 11 am PT. We'll be taking your calls at (646) 595-2125 .read more ....
(Published: Apr 19, 2013 11:45 AM)
The proponents of expanded forced psychiatry have already lobbied for outpatient forced drugging laws in almost every state in the union. They’ve succeeded in bringing forced drugging into the homes of those targeted by such laws in most states. It is with great alarm that we have learned that the next domino to fall may be Texas.read more ....
(Published: Apr 04, 2013 11:22 AM)
MindFreedom releases a new guide to celebrating the inaugural Creative Maladjustment Week. Download it now!read more ....
(Published: Sep 12, 2012 02:55 PM)
Andre Dahl Jensen of Norway says his demands are simple: "Help me end this nightmare I am living. I demand human rights, mutual respect, freedom and an end to the persistent persecution of people by psychiatry."read more ....
(Published: Jun 25, 2012 01:20 PM)
Toronto was just one of the places that held Mad Pride 2012 events, but what an amazing collection of events over five days! This is inspiring for you to hold your own Mad Pride event. Any time is good, but think "July 2013," because that's mad Pride Month!read more ....
(Published: Dec 28, 2012 12:10 PM)
Paula J. Caplan, dissident psychologist and human rights activist, is working with a group of psychiatric survivors and allies to officially call upon the American Psychiatric Association [APA] to stop the harm that often results from psychiatric diagnosis.read more ....
(Published: Dec 05, 2012 08:20 PM)
The USA Senate has failed to ratify this important global disability treaty, created in the United Nations with advice from hundreds of advocates, including a MindFreedom International team. Let your senator know how you feel about their votes!read more ....
Recently published articles of interest
Researcher, former proponent of compulsory outpatient treatments says they “don’t work” and calls for moratorium.
(Published: Apr 19, 2013 11:53 AM)
Results from the largest randomized, double-blind trial of compulsory outpatient treatment yet conducted show that the intervention — while dramatically increasing the amount of time an individual is subjected to compulsory medical interventions (and deprived of essential liberties) — does not reduce hospital readmissions or improve social/clinical outcomes when compared to inpatient hospitalization.
(Published: Mar 14, 2013 04:44 PM)
Feminst icon Kate Millett, a long time Bowery resident and author of “Sexual Politics,” a seminal book on oppressive gender roles in literature, received word yesterday afternoon that she and eight other American women, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the late Republican First Lady Betty Ford, have been named as inductees into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca, N.Y., site of the first women’s rights convention in 1848.
(Published: Mar 14, 2013 02:35 PM)
In a statement to a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 4, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment called for a ban on forced psychiatric interventions including forced drugging, shock, psychosurgery, restraint and seclusion, and for repeal of laws that allow compulsory mental health treatment and deprivation of liberty based on disability, including when it is motivated by “protection of the person or others.”
(Published: Jan 10, 2013 01:23 PM)
Dr. Peter Breggin, author of "Medication Madness" and "Toxic Psychiatry" (among other books) was the medical expert in a successful suicide malpractice suit involving the antidepressants Paxil and Effexor.
(Published: Oct 24, 2012 08:15 PM)
A British newspaper reports about an Islamic family's "disgusted" allegations that a family member was given involuntary electroshock over her and her family's wishes.
(Published: Sep 12, 2012 01:30 PM)
The New York Times obituary on death of psychiatrist, author, academic and critic of his own mental health profession, Thomas Szasz, MD.
(Published: Aug 21, 2012 05:45 PM)
The editor of a prestigious mental health industry publication - the British Journal of Psychiatry - claims it is time to "call for an end" to the psychiatric drug "revolution" that he said began in 1952. He mentions problems with the neuroleptic drugs (also called 'antipsychotics') but note he leaves out the lobotomy effect of structural brain changes such as frontal lobe shrinkage, well known to be linked to long-term high-dosage neuroleptics.
(Published: Aug 03, 2012 03:20 PM)
Psychiatric survivor activist and author Mary Maddock, co-founder of MindFreedom Ireland, may get one of the last words in a debate in one of Ireland's main newspapers about the psychiatric industry. Mary had a letter published about her personal decision to successfully quit psychiatric drugs. Said Mary, "It is very difficult to get a letter published in the Irish Times. I couldn't believe they even included MindFreedom Ireland!"
(Published: Jul 25, 2012 12:07 PM)
Long-time national mental health peer leader, Laura Van Tosh, spoke in Eugene, Oregon about her quest for well-being, including quitting her psychiatric drugs. This reporter covered the event, which took place at the Lane County, Oregon's mental health consumer/survivor advisory council.
(Published: Jun 06, 2012 07:30 PM)
MindFreedom International director David Oaks gave a lecture at Oberlin College on May 2, 2012, calling for a revolution in mental health. He was also interviewed that morning by The Oberlin Review.