Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs Cover

The Icarus Project and Freedom Center’s partnered up to create a 52-page illustrated guide with the best information available coming off psychiatric medication. Based in more than 10 years work in the peer support movement, this Guide is used internationally by individuals, families, professionals, and organizations, and is available a growing number of translations. Includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, psychiatric drug withdrawal, information for people staying on their medications, detailed Resource section, and much more. A ‘harm reduction’ approach means not being pro- or anti- medication, but supporting people where they are at to make their own decisions, balancing the risks and benefits involved. Written by Will Hall, with a 55-member health professional Advisory Board providing research assistance and more than 50 collaborators involved in developing and editing. The guide has photographs and art throughout, and a beautiful original cover painting by Jacks McNamara. Now in a revised and expanded Second Edition.

Note: the guide is Creative Commons copyright and you have advance permission to link, copy, print, and distribute for non-commercial purposes, as long as you don’t alter it and you credit the source.

Download and read the Guide in English.

Download a printer versionwith scrambled pages ready to fold into a booklet (print double sided on legal paper, or send to a shop; booklet assembly instructions here).

Download a European printer version in English, with scrambled pages ready to fold into a booklet (print double sided on A4 paper).

You can also order a bound, color cover copy through bookstores.

Read about the making of the first edition and second edition of the Guide.


The Guide is available in the following languages, some also with printer versions:

Spanish – Castellano/Espanol (printer version)

German – Verfügbar Deutsch (printer version)

Greek – Ελληνική

Bosnian – Bosanskom

Croatian – Hrvatski (printer version)

Japanese – 日本で利用可能 (printer version)

Italian – Italiano (printer version)

French – Français (printer version)

Norwegian – Norsk

Czech – Čeština


For more information on coming off psychiatric medication, please see the Icarus coming off forums herewww.BeyondMeds.com, the UK website www.ComingOff.com, and Will Hall’s webpage at www.willhall.net/comingoffmeds.