Activism in mental health

Info Activism in mental health Action campaigns to challenge and transform the mental health system. Candlelight vigil remembers Jim Chasse, Jr. James P. Chasse, Jr. was a resident of Portland, Oregon, USA diagnosed schizophrenic who died in police custody. Psychiatric survivors and mental health consumers marched from the Alternatives 2006 conference to a memorial on…

Globalization of psychiatry

Info Globalization of psychiatry Concern about expansion of the mental health industry to poor & developing countries. Q&A with Arthur Kleinman This interview by the Boston Globe of professor Arthur Kleinman — author, psychiatrist, anthropologist, and Director of Harvard’s Asia Center — touches on the medicalization of psychiatry, and cross-cultural mental health issues. Arthur Kleinman…

Global Issues

Info Global Issues International activist concerns on human rights and alternatives in the mental health system. Globalization of psychiatry Concern about expansion of the mental health industry to poor & developing countries. Report documents human rights violations in Turkey psychiatric facilities. Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) released a 2005 report about human rights abuses in…

Consumer-Driven Resources

Info Consumer-Driven Resources Directory of Consumer-Driven Services The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse hosts this federally funded online list of projects run by mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. PeopleWho … “People Who…”, a non-profit organization based in California, is an online community for people who experience mood swings, fear, visions, and/or hear voices.…

Non-Drug Alternatives for Label of Schizophrenia

Info Non-Drug Alternatives for Label of Schizophrenia Revisiting Schizophrenia: Are Drugs Always Needed? This NY Times article questions whether psychiatric drugs must always be given to people labeled “schizophrenic,” and quotes Will Hall from the Freedom Center of Massachusetts, a sponsor group in MindFreedom International. Football tackles schizophrenia and depression Illustrating the wide range of…

Alternatives to the Traditional Mental Health System

Info Alternatives to the Traditional Mental Health System Consumer-Driven Resources   Read More… Non-Drug Alternatives for Label of Schizophrenia   Read More… Mental health system due for radical reform A guest column by dissdent mental health worker and MindFreedom Lane County activist Ron Unger says that a range of real choices in mental health care…

Hazards

Info Hazards How to Report Adverse Psychiatric Drug Reactions in Several Nations Megan Short has prepared a brief description about how you can file an official report regarding adverse reactions to psychiatric drugs. A few nations are listed such as Canada, USA, etc. However, you may be able to find similar resources in your own…

Chemical Imbalance Fraud

Info Chemical Imbalance Fraud Advertisements for SSRIs May Be Misleading Medscape reviews an essay in a peer-reviewed medical journal that debunks the “chemical imbalance” myth promoted by psychiatric drug industry. Researchers Debunk Psychiatry’s ‘Chemical Imbalance’ Ads A peer-reviewed medical journal runs an essay showing that claims by psychiatric drug industry about a “chemical imbalance” are…