News Release: Does your mental health agency promote myths? Here’s how you can bust those myths with a new free simple flyer that you can download online. Mental health advocates can give the mental health system an injection of truth! (Updated)
NEWS UPDATE – 15 August 2009
MindFreedom International Campaign Busts Myths in Mental Health System
Updated “Truth Injection” brochure is being downloaded, handed out, posted, for mental health advocacy
The flyers are appearing on library racks… in mental health centers… on bulletin boards….
Can a human rights coalition make a difference with a free flyer to “bust myths” in the mental health system?
You be the judge!
Examples of myths that are getting busting:
- “You have a ‘mental illness’ that is caused by a biochemical imbalance…
- “The medication we give you will correct your ‘biochemical imbalance’…
- “You will always have to take psychiatric medications…”
The brochure was researched by MindFreedom Lane County Affiliate, and can be used internationally.
Ron Unger, a mental health counselor who is affiliate coordinator, led the effort to create the flyer, working with psychiatric survivors.
Said Ron, “The brochure does a good job of conveying the kinds of deceptions that peoplein the mental health system are commonly exposed to, compared to thekind of information people would hear if they were told the truth.”
Links to citations and sources are also provided to back up the facts in the MindFreedom “Truth Injection” brochure.
The truth campaign launched 12 February 2009, AbrahamLincoln’s 200th birthday, in honor of his reputation as “Honest Abe.” In August 2009 the brochure was modified.
How to Download Your Truth Brochure:
For info on how to download the free MFI Truth Brochure, find the scientific sources behind the facts, and read an accessible plain text version of the brochure, click here:
Founded in 1986, MindFreedom International is a 100 percent independent non-profit coalition uniting members, Affiliates and Sponsors to win human rights and choice in mental health care. The UN accredits MFI as an NGO.
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