News related directly or indirectly to MindFreedom International.
Martin Luther King, Jr. called for an “International Association for Advancement of Creative Maladjustment” more than 10 times in his speeches and writing. What Time Magazine dismissed as a “half joke,” Mad Pride has made into a reality!
Mary Maddock Petitions Ireland About Forced Psychiatric Drugs
In Cork, Ireland, Mary Maddock, one of the founders of MindFreedom Ireland, submitted an official petition to the government of Ireland, and a copy of the text is here. Mary challenges the legality of Irish policy on forced psychiatric drugging. Mary presented the petition to the European Union Petitions Committee durings its tour of Ireland.
World Psychiatric Association Meets with Psychiatric Survivor Movement Groups
Representatives from several psychiatric survivor and mental health consumer/user organizations met with leaders of the World Psychiatric Association here in Dresden, Germany. Here is a news briefing by David Oaks, Director of MindFreedom International
Major Media Pound Psychiatric Drugging of USA Kids
In May 2007 both The New York Times and USA Today have run major investigations of the rapidly increasing prescriptions of powerful psychiatric drugs, such as the “neuroleptics,” to USA children. MindFreedom asks, “Then why is the State of New York still recommending neuroleptics for three-year-old children?”
VIRGINIA TECH MFI Info Center: MindFreedom files Freedom of Information Act Request about Cho.
MindFreedom Virginia has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about Cho. MF-Virginia filed this FOIA because of press reports that the Virginia Medical Examiner has said he will not release toxicology or autopsy reports about Cho. Such reports could shed light on whether or not Cho was on a psychiatric drug at the time of the shooting.
Media, mental health, and Virginia Tech tragedy
Selected media chronology related to news and analysis about the interaction of the mental health system with Seung-Hui Cho.
Electroshock in India: News Analysis
On 1 April 2007 — April Fools Day — in the city of Pune in India, a mental health center held a major event promoting electroshock. The organizers of the promotion covered up hazards about electroshock and gave false information. MindFreedom has a sponsor group in Pune, Center for Advocacy in Mental Health, a project of Bapu Trust. Advocates from Bapu Trust attended the shock promotion event, and here is their news analysis.
NY Times continues spotlight on Eli Lilly’s corruption involving Zyprexa
The New York Times ran a new story on 23 March 2007 that again exposes corruption by Eli Lilly in its promotion of its psychiatric drug Zyprexa. The Times has run quite a number of pieces ever since the formerly-secret Zyprexa files were exposed by PsychRights founder attorney Jim Gottstein, who leaked the documents to NY Times journalist Alex Berenson.
Oregon News to Change Mental Health System: Bills, Call to Governor
News about activities in Oregon for human rights, empowerment and alternatives in the mental health system. MindFreedom Oregon updates and alerts.
City of Eugene Mayor Meets with Mental Health Consumers & Psychiatric Survivors
Fifty mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, along with a few allies and media representatives, met with the City of Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy for two hours to address issues of concern.
Judges Delivers Mixed Decision on Formerly Secret Zyprexa Files
US District Court delivered a partial victory and a partial loss for the public right to know about Eli Lilly’s documents regarding their psychiatric drug Zyprexa. [Update 33: 13 Feb. 2007 – 5 PM EST]
Pacifica Radio Interview with David Oaks, Director of MindFreedom
On Friday, 16 February 2007 at 2:30 pm PST or 5:30 pm EST you may hear Pacifica Radio’s “Pushing Limits” show feature an interview with David Oaks, Director of MindFreedom International. Part two of the show airs 2 March 2007.
ADA Watch Sponsors “The Road to Freedom”
Follow the latest news from a one-year national bus tour to promote the strength of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). ADA Watch is a MFI Sponsor Group.
Bazelon Center: Court Asked to Release Controversial Eli Lilly Documents on Psychiatric Drug
The Washington, D.C.-based national mental health advocacy organization Bazelon Center annnounces in their news release that a major network of mental health professionals, researchers and consumer groups have asked a USA court to make Eli Lilly’s “secret” files about Zyprexa public.
MFI Ashley Alert: Nine-year-old given injections to stunt growth
MindFreedom joins other disability rights group in speaking out to oppose how nine-year-old Ashley, who has intellectual and physical disabilities, is being given drugs to minimize her height and weight.
Ex-Nun Vs. Psychiatry
Mary Maddock of MindFreedom Ireland has written a book with her husband Jim about her escape from psychiatry and activism to change it, called “Soul Survivor.”
MFI and United Nations
An announcement from MindFreedom about United Nations action regarding disability and human rights.
NARPA 2006 conference success
BALTIMORE, MD, USA: Report from 2006 National Association for Rights Protection & Advocacy 25th Annual Conference: Emphasis on Social Justice and youth activism. Next year: Los Angeles.
New Zealand psychiatric abuse
PRAWI is a sponsor group of MFI in New Zealand. Here is a letter by long-time human rights activist Anna de Jonge on behalf of PRAWI to the New Zealand government commenting on a draft of the Convention Against Torture-Draft Periodic Report. Anna encourages the inclusion of electroshock and other psychiatric procedures.
Announcing new MFI web site
MindFreedom has launched a new version of its popular web site MindFreedom.org using a “content management system” that should be easier for browsers, and for members who would like to add content.
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