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Ron Bassman, Executive Director of MindFreedom International addresses the United Nations this week on the Importance of De-Institutionalizing People in Distress!

Dear Friends and supporters, A few days ago, on June 8, 2021 MindFreedom International resumed its consultation status with the United Nations to promote human rights in the mental health system. Specically, MFI contributed oral and written statements to the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Caribbean and North America). Other well…

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Shield: What It Is and Its Potential to Empower Us

Judi’s Room – An Educational Series hosted by MindFreedom International in Collaboration with “I Love You, Lead On!” Wednesday, May 26, 2021 6:00 PM ET 5:00 CT 4:00 MT 3:00 PT Pre-registration is required In the spirit of Judi Chamberlin, our Fifth educational series offers a free, online presentation and discussion which continues the monthly…

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Help free Shield member Jill Kesti, who was taken by force from her home in Ontonogan County and driven ten hours to Grand Rapids by a sheriff where she is being forcibly drugged, deprived of her civil liberties.

This alert originally was posted on May 7, 2021 Updated on June 29, 2021 and June 21, 2021 Please help Shield member Jill Kesti obtain immediate release from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Facility Please call or write to the psychiatrist who is seeking to have Jill put on a long-term injectable ‘anti-psychiatric’ drug which…

Jill Kesti, Shield Member, Founder of “Coalition to End Forced Psychiatric Drugging”, Is Being Held Against Her Will at Pine Rest ‘Christian’ Mental Health Services! Take Action Today to Demand Her Release!

MFI was disturbed to learn that Jill Kesti, a long-time Shield member and founder of Coalition to End Forced Psychiatric Drugging is being held against her will at Pine Rest ‘Christian’ Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there, she was forcibly injected three times with powerful sedatives. Her phone was taken away and…

Surviving Race: The Intersection of Disability, Injustice & Human Rights Invites You to take part in a community conversation

Your voice is needed!  MindFreedom International (MFI) is proud to support the coalition Surviving Race: The Intersection of Disability, Injustice & Human Rights who is holding a number of community conversations on the intersection of police interactions, mental health, disability, structural racism, and human rights.If you are impacted by or interested in these topics you are invited to participate.…

Alert Update: Forced Shock Torture of Charles Helmer Suspended Due to Your Actions. Now help him move to a less restricted living situation of his own choosing: Attend his upcoming Hearing

  Shield Alert Update for Charles Helmer Update 8/25/21 For those of you who took action on behalf of Charles helping to get his forced shock treatment to end, thank you! He is has still been living in a group home, however and he prefers to live at home with family. To help him get…

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New Senate Bill Under Consideration by Oregon Legislature will create more choices for individuals receiving in-patient psychiatric care. Read about the bill and take action today to promote more choices in the mental health system!

Ann Kasper, MA, PSS, an activist with MindFreedom Oregon, sent us information about an important bill under consideration called Senate Bill 686 (SB686) for the 2021 State or Oregon legislative session. The bill states that anyone who is in a locked psychiatric facility in Oregon (such as a psychiatric hospital unit or secure psychiatric housing) has the…

Oregon

Help MindFreedom Oregon Prevent Lawmakers from making it easier to subject individuals to harmful treatments by force! Contact your Senator or Sign up to Testify at the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Monday, March 15, 2021

Earlier this month, thanks to Kevin Fitts, MindFreedom Oregon was alerted about two important pieces of mental health legislation. Two bills are under consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Floyd Prozanski. One of them, if passed, will make it easier for individuals to be subjected to harmful ‘treatment’ against their will. Another bill prioritizes…