In September 2023 James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq.; Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD; David Cohen, PhD; Chuck Ruby, PhD; and Faith Myers issued a Report on Improving Mental Health Outcomes as an advocacy resource for use with policy-makers and funders.

It is substantiated by a 13-page-long bibliography and consists of the following sections:

The Current Mental Health System is Extremely Counterproductive and Harmful

  • The Overuse of Psychiatric Drugs
  • The Clinical Trial Literature on Psychiatric Drugs is Unreliable
  • Inpatient Hospitalizations Associated with Astronomically Higher Suicide Rates
  • Treatment Should Be Voluntary
  • Unwanted Psychiatric Interventions Violate International Law and Can Constitute Torture
  • Patients’ Rights Are Uniformly Violated
  • Children and Youth Should Not be Given Psychiatric Drugs

Voluntary, Effective, Safe and Humane Approaches

  • The Power of Peer Support
  • World Health Organization Recommendations
  • Peer Respites
  • Housing First
  • Employment
  • Soteria Houses
  • Drug-Free Hospitals
  • Open Dialogue
  • Hearing Voices Network
  • Warmlines
  • Emotional CPR (eCPR)
  • Non-Police Community Response Teams
  • Psychotherapy
  • Other Person-Centered and Rights-Based Approaches