Visit to MindFreedom Ghana has many lessons for us all

Info In April 2011, a delegation from MindFreedom International visited MindFreedom Ghana in Accra, Ghana, Africa. Celia Brown (MFI Board President) and David Oaks (MFI director) gave a workshop about how those using the mental health system, and those who have survived psychiatric abuse, can work more closely with the general cross-disability movement to amplify…

Visit to MindFreedom Ghana has many lessons for us all

Info In April 2011, a delegation from MindFreedom International visited MindFreedom Ghana in Accra, Ghana, Africa. Celia Brown (MFI Board President) and David Oaks (MFI director) gave a workshop about how those using the mental health system, and those who have survived psychiatric abuse, can work more closely with the general cross-disability movement to amplify…

Court order about Elizabeth Ellis and involuntary electroshock: 25 April 2011

Info You may download the full 25 April 2011 court order, signed by District Court Judge Lisa N. Borgen, about the issue of involuntary electroshock (electroconvulsive therapy or ECT) of Elizabeth K. Ellis of Minnesota. Bottom line: Judge says “no” to involuntary electroshock… unless Elizabeth is at some point diagnosed “catatonic.” [PDF file 3.9 megs.]…

In response to a tragedy: Shooting of Police Officer Chris Kilcullen and Mental Health

Info On 22 April 2011, City of Eugene police officer Chris Kilcullen was shot and killed by an individual who has confessed. The media identified the shooter as an individual with a long mental health history. “Officer Chris” as he liked to be called was a leader in including people diagnosed with mental health disabilities…

Elizabeth Ellis Legal Defense Fund Info

Info Latest news about supporting Legal Defense Fund for the right of Elizabeth Ellis to say “no” to forced electroshock.   How to support Elizabeth directly through her attorney’s Legal Defense Fund   Elizabeth’s husband Robert hired a highly-recommended lawyer, Ryan Magnus, though they lack the funds to pay the full costs.  If you are…

Archives of General Psychiatry: Neuroleptics Shrink Brain Volume

Info An article in the February 2011 Archives of General Psychiatry, “Long-term Antipsychotic Treatment and Brain Volumes” by Ho, Andreasen, et al. describes a study that points to antipsychotic drugs as a major cause of brain shrinkage. The study found that over 7 to 14 years, “More antipsychotic drug treatment, including duration and intensity, was…

Levi Chambers: Young adult leader

Info Levi Chambers is a sociology student, organizer, and psychiatric survivor working toward mental health justice in Olympia, Washington. He said: “I am a member of MFI because the organization fights for my rights more effectively than groups with funding from big pharma. My family and I stopped supporting those groups, and have been MFI…