Psychiatric Advance Directives
“Advance directives” on mental health topics can sometimes help prevent forced psychiatric treatment, but too often the psychiatric industry is allowed to override these documents.
- Washington Post: “Va. Studies Directives Giving the Mentally Ill A Say in Their Care”
- This Washington Post article about psychiatric advance directives quotes long-time mental health consumer advocate and MindFreedom member Yvonne Smith. Disclaimer: The article does not necessarily reflect MindFreedom position.
- Dialogue in law journal about value about psychiatric advanced directives.
- Psychiatric advance directives can be one tool to assert your right to be free from coerced psychiatry, but they can sometimes be “superceded” or even misused as a tool against your human rights. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry & Law had a dialogue featuring an article and replies, including from Robert Bernstein, director of Bazelon Center, an MFI Sponsor Group.