Shield Alert: Stop David Russell from being forcibly electroshocked

By Jim Gottstein | April 30, 2024

May 8, 2024 Update: Success!!!–At Least for Now David just informed us he has been told they are no longer planning to electroshock him and going to work on discharge planning to a theoretically slightly less restrictive environment.  YOU HAVE DONE IT!!!   There is no doubt David would have been electroshocked against his will without your…

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Shield Alert: Free William Mahler from psychiatric imprisonment in Massachusetts

By Jim Gottstein | April 28, 2024

Update:  Hearing Put off Until May 29th We just heard from William’s lawyer that the hearing has been rescheduled for May 29th. Help Free William Mahler from Psychiatric Imprisonment in Massachusetts by Zooming in to Hearing May 1st A MindFreedom International member in New England who’s been detained needs support on Mayday (May 1st).  William…

Harmful legislation alert: Oppose Idaho bill allowing 12-year-olds to be electroshocked

By Jim Gottstein | March 25, 2024

Update: Revised Bill Passes April 8, 2024.  The amended bill passed both the House and the Senate on April 3rd and the Governor signed it on April 8th.  It is set to go into effect July 1st. Update:  Not Dead Yet? March 28, 2024. There was a series of procedural moves resulting in an amendment…

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Shield alert: And Steiner forced to endure assault at institution in Boston, MA, USA after reporting patient abuse and transgender discrimination

By Sarah Smith | March 21, 2024

Update: March 21st, 2024   Latest News   1. Positive developments In response to a series of emails addressed to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) and their Adult Clinical Community Services (ACCS), in which And Steiner (pronouns: it/its) and its many advocates expressed concern about DMH’s plans to forcibly and prematurely discharge And…

Shield alert: Dawn Dziuba indefinitely institutionalized against will for over 9 years in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

By Sarah Smith | September 21, 2023

Update: 10/22/2023 Latest news Dawn continues to receive monthly injections of Abilify against her will. Sean Rapp, her court-appointed guardian and the public administrator of the city of St. Louis, has made no effort to challenge this violation of her rights. Missouri’s Protection and Advocacy for People with Mental Illness (PAIMI) agency has received numerous…

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Anonymous disabled Black man in Lahaina, Hawaii, USA asks for Shield members’ help

By Sarah Smith | September 9, 2023

“D” is a visionary, community organizer and coach, living in Lahaina, Maui. He is also a MindFreedom International member and a disabled Black trauma survivor. In 2016, he was catastrophically injured in a car accident involving an Uber driver. The accident severed his spine, and despite several reconstructive surgeries, he was left with chronic pain,…

Shield alert: Lar L. forcibly drugged and institutionalized in Southampton, UK

By Sarah Smith | July 17, 2023

Lar L. is an enrolled Shield member who is being psychiatrically incarcerated. She wants to live independently in the community without the threat of being forcibly drugged. She has had horrible traumatizing past experiences of being over-medicated and sedated. Currently, she is in a restricted psychiatric facility called Antelope House and she is being subjected…

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Shield Alert: Defend Strawberry Hampton against abuse at Logan Correctional Center in Illinois

By Sarah Smith | March 21, 2023

Strawberry Hampton is a Black transgender woman incarcerated at Logan Correctional Center for “crimes of poverty.” She has faced severe retaliation from her jailers for filing PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) reports and standing up for both herself and other women. MFI volunteer Lily Naha has organized an emergency fundraiser to raise legal funds for…

Raise the Shield with People Power! Make a Donation Today and Help us Raise $10,000 to Sustain MFI’s Shield!

By Sarah Smith | July 12, 2022

Help Us Raise the Shield with People Power! MFI has launched a campaign to support the Shield, one of MFI’s signature programs. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to keep the Shield in operation until we can find a way of permanently endowing/sustaining it through people power. Without your help, we will not be able…

Fundraising Drive for the Shield

By Moofy | May 24, 2022

Support the MFI Shield: Stop Human Rights Abuses in Psychiatry! We are now raising funds for our Shield Campaign. MindFreedom International’s Shield advocates for people who have been deprived of their rights by the mental health system. These are rights to make the basic choices that many of us take for granted. With your help,…