Harsh Treatment

Info Document Actions Print this The Wall St. Journal exposes the rise of crude versions of psychosurgery in China. Psychosurgery is defined as the intentional destruction of healthy brain tissue to change behavior. Lobotomy is an example of psychosurgery. Psychosurgery is actually quietly done throughout the world, but the type in China is especially crude,…

Al Galves Receives Humanitarian Award

Info MindFreedom sponsor group International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP) awarded Al Galves, PhD with a special award at their annual meeting in Arlington, Virginia. Al is a board member of MindFreedom International. ICSPP director Dominick Riccio, MD hands Al Galves the award at ICSPP 2007 annual conference in Arlington, Virginia.…

Asylum! Conference and Festival

Info From the organizers: “The conference will bring together organisations, activists, campaigners and academics working for radical challenge and change in mental health. It will showcase critical work on psychiatry and psychology (‘Big Psy’) and the pharmaceutical industry (‘Big Pharma’), and alternatives to diagnostic medical labels like ‘schizophrenia’ and ‘paranoia’.” This event is being held…

Mental Health System

Info Mental Health System Why is the mental health system so often harmful to those it seeks to help, and what can be done to change the situation? Comparing Mental Health Client and Mental Health System Ron Unger, coordinator for MindFreedom Lane County, compares a distressed client and a distressed mental health system. There are…

Shock and Awe

Info Document Actions Print this The Village Voice published this article about “The stunning comeback of electroshock and other harrowing treatments for the mentally ill.” The Voice also published a letter by director of MindFreedom International David W. Oaks in response to the article. Shock and Awe Date Published: Sep 18, 2007 01:00 AM Author:…

Review: “Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry” reviewed by Mary Maddock

Info Mary Maddock of Cork, Ireland reviews the new book “Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry” co-edited by Peter Lehmann and Peter Stastny. Mary is co-founder of MindFreedom Ireland. Mary Maddock is also co-author of the book Soul Survivor. ‘Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry’ is written by many authors, ex-users and survivors of psychiatry, therapists, psychiatrists, social scientists, lawyers and…

ACLU Lawsuit: “ICE Drugging Detainees Set for Deportation”

Info CNN covers the story that the American Civil Liberties Union is suing over forced psychiatric drugging of immigrants facing deportation. Raymond Seoth and wife. 12 October 2007 original article: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/10/12/doping.immigrants/index.html From Thelma Gutierrez  LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Former detainees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement accuse the agency in a lawsuit of forcibly injecting…

NY State New Guidelines on Forced Electroshock

Info Apparently in response to the state-wide outrage following MindFreedom human rights alerts about two individuals slated for forced electroshock, NY State has issued new “guidelines” about use of involuntary electroshock over the wishes of the subject. MindFreedom’s response: No Means No. MindFreedom Update    New York State Issues New “Guidelines” on Electroshock    Guidelines…