On Saturday, 9 October 2010, MFI held a live, free Internet show with special guest author Robert Whitaker, and you can hear the archive. The US government has funded an annual meeting of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors for the past 25 years. But when their conference organizers decided to address controversies involving psychiatric drugs, the federal funders stepped in to intervene. Here’s your gateway to the debate. [Updated 11 Oct. 2010]

More than 1,000 mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors registered for Alternatives 2010, and heard Whitaker speak.

updated 11 Oct. 2010


    On MindFreedom Live Free Web Radio


    Robert Whitaker was special guest:

    Saturday, 9 October 2010 — 2 pm to 3 pm ET USA

    Live Call-in Show on “Psychiatric Drugs, Silence and Free Speech.”

Listen to archive of this and other MFI web radio shows here:

This was an open call-in show about psychiatric drugs, and how too many agencies want to SILENCE discussion about their hazards and controversies.

Host David Oaks, director of MindFreedom International, just returned from the Alternatives 2010 conference of 1,000 mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. Hear his report about free speech and the mental health system.

Find out the latest about how the federal government tried to control the message of author Robert Whitaker at the conference.

You can listen to the archive, by clicking here:


Background info on the topic of psychiatric drugs, silence and free speech:

Author Robert Whitaker blogs on Psychology Today about whether or not US federal pressure to silence discussions on psychiatric drugs, you can join the discussion:

Report on MindFreedom successful campaign to support Whitaker speaking:

MFI director David Oaks blogs about Alternatives 2010:

Psychologist/Author Bruce Levine blogs on Huffington Post defending Alternatives 2010… you can still comment:

Levine was responding to another HuffPost blogger, D. J. Jaffe, who attacked funding for Alternatives 2010, you can read about that here:

MindFreedom’s Facebook page also has a discussion on controversy:

Mental health consumer and psychiatric survivor leaders called it back in July, when they issued a statement at a SAMHSA summit, warning about “undue influence of the pharamceutical industry” in mental health care. Your group is encouraged to endorse the urgent call:


Don’t wait for corporate media to change the mental health system.


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