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

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…

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Shield Update: Still No Independence for David Italiano

June 27, 2022

Update 6/27/2022 Independence Day is in a few days, but where is independence for David Italiano and thousands of other people who are institutionalized against their will? For those of you who are new, you can find more information about the Shield HERE or read up on all of the direct actions taken to find…

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Pennsylvania ADAPT Protests for David Italiano’s Freedom

June 12, 2022

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, our friends at PA ADAPT demanded Pennsylvania lawmakers find find and free David Italiano, a disabled person who was disappeared by his guardian for two years. They risked arrest to demand a meeting with Secretary Torres who heads the Department of Aging in PA to ask what are you going…

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Fundraising Drive for the Shield

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,…

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Shield Alert: Update on David Italiano

May 18, 2022

See our latest update 6/28/2022: Still no independence for David Italiano. Update 6/12/2022: Our allies at Pennsylvania ADAPT and Roads to Freedom recently held a major demonstration this past Wednesday, June 8, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol. A recording of a livestream from one activist is available on Facebook here. Update from 18 May 2022: Update…

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MindFreedom In Conjunction with Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living Center is Turning Up the Heat for Shield of David Italiano, in Pennsylvania. Sign the Petition to Find and Free David Today!

March 10, 2022

Updated 5/18/2022   Update for David Italiano Though it has been several months since MindFreedom International (MFI) in conjunction with Roads to Freedom Center for Independent Living (RTFCIL) issued a Shield update on behalf of David Italiano, we are not giving up – not by a long shot! See our Call To Action below. Work on…

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Siddhartha Fisher

Shield Member, Siddharta Fisher to be released from Western State Hospital! Thank you for your calls, emails, letters!

July 23, 2021

Updated January 5, 2022 Reintegrating at last!! MFI was informed that page was in need of an update! Siddhartha’s discharge and integration back into the community did not go as smoothly as we had hoped (due to discrimination against Sidd’s family members and lack of housing options for psychiatric survivors) but she is now safely…

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Shield Alert Update: The forced shocking of Brian Henley has been suspended! Hold off writing letters for now!

June 19, 2021

Update on 7/27/2021 Here is a recording of a voicemail left by Brian on the phone of Michele Diamond, when Brian learned that his Shield alert was successful and that he would be discharged   MFI has confirmed that Brian was discharged. You can listen to Update on 7/14/21. Great news! The forced shocking of…

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Help free Shield member Jill Kesti, who was taken by force from her home in Ontonogan County and driven ten hours to Grand Rapids by a sheriff where she is being forcibly drugged, deprived of her civil liberties.

May 7, 2021

This alert originally was posted on May 7, 2021 Updated on June 29, 2021 and June 21, 2021 Please help Shield member Jill Kesti obtain immediate release from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Facility Please call or write to the psychiatrist who is seeking to have Jill put on a long-term injectable ‘anti-psychiatric’ drug which…

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Jill Kesti, Shield Member, Founder of “Coalition to End Forced Psychiatric Drugging”, Is Being Held Against Her Will at Pine Rest ‘Christian’ Mental Health Services! Take Action Today to Demand Her Release!

April 19, 2021

MFI was disturbed to learn that Jill Kesti, a long-time Shield member and founder of Coalition to End Forced Psychiatric Drugging is being held against her will at Pine Rest ‘Christian’ Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there, she was forcibly injected three times with powerful sedatives. Her phone was taken away and…

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Alert Update: Forced Shock Torture of Charles Helmer Suspended Due to Your Actions. Now help him move to a less restricted living situation of his own choosing: Attend his upcoming Hearing

March 22, 2021

  Shield Alert Update for Charles Helmer Update 8/25/21 For those of you who took action on behalf of Charles helping to get his forced shock treatment to end, thank you! He is has still been living in a group home, however and he prefers to live at home with family. To help him get…

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Shield Alert for Patton State Hospital

February 16, 2021

MindFreedom is issuing a Shield alert for every individual locked into Patton Psychiatric hospital, located in San Bernadino County, California. Read more about this unfolding tragedy and take action today! Although it was many years ago, I still vividly remember being locked in seclusion, bound in restraints, and forcibly injected with a drug I believe was Thorazine. …

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Thank You for Your Help to Protect Shield Member Adrianne Stacey from Psychiatric Abuse; Held Against Her Will at Cowichan District Hospital in British Columbia and Forcibly Drugged

January 29, 2021

Shield Alert for Adrianne Stacey   This alert was originally posted on 1/29/2021. This alert was updated on 2/9/2021 and again on 3/12/2021 and 3/18/2021. 3/18/21 Great news! Adrianne Stacey has been discharged from Cowichan Hospital in British Columbia! Thank you to those of you who wrote letters, sent emails, and made phone calls on…

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August 19, 2019

UPDATE ON SHIELD ALERT FOR CHARLES HELMER Great news! Thanks in part to consistent and vigorous advocacy by Charles mother, with help from MindFreedom Shield members, Regions hospital has suspended Charles involuntary shock ‘treatment.’ at least for now. His mother says that there is no need for MFI Shield members and activists to send additional…

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ACTION ALERT to Free Alison Hymes!

July 22, 2013

Info Free Alison Hymes From Western State Hospital…We were asked to post the following updated alert for Alison by her friend, Frank. Please address any questions you may have directly to Frank at: nfla@mindfreedom.org.   Alison Hymes Updated 1/31/15 MindFreedom is saddened to learn about Alison’s continued problems and we hope she can overcome them.…

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VICTORY: Forced Electroshock of Glen K. in a New York Psychiatric Institution Halted!

April 16, 2012

Info Within 48 hours of the launch of a MindFreedom Alert Campaign, the Attorney General for New York announced that Glen K. will receive no more forced electroshock under his court order. Rockland Psychiatric Center was giving involuntary electroshock over and against Glen’s expressed wishes. Despite his psychiatrist’s pessimistic predictions, Glen K. did well without…

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Information about Shield Alert for Chris Busche

February 15, 2012

Up one level Chris Busche is a member of MindFreedom in New Jersey with a “MindFreedom Shield.” He activated this to get out an alert, because of his ongoing forced drugging, and the lack of humane alternatives and advocacy. all 2 items in this folder are selected. clear selection  title  size  modified  state Chris Busche, 29,…

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Chris Busche finally free of NJ psychiatric institution: Thanks MF Shield Campaign

February 14, 2012

Info Psychiatric survivor Chris Busche got a special Valentine’s Day gift today. He’s free of a psychiatric institution in New Jersey where he’s been locked up for about 19 months. Chris Busche attributes part of this victory in getting free to the MindFreedom Shield Campaign, which has put out a number of alerts on his…

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Christina Walko Alleges Forced Outpatient Psychiatric Drugging in Pennsylvania

January 23, 2012

Info This MindFreedom International member, Christina Walko of Pennsylvania, is being forced to take many psychiatric drugs on an outpatient basis, even though she is living peacefully in the community. She says, “People do not heal when they are bullied or forced!” Her hearing is this Friday, 27 January 2012. Please take action. Christina Walko…

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Wisconsin Woman Forced to Take Psychiatric Drugs for 17 years

September 19, 2011

Info Linda Eiden was 33 when she was diagnosed and involuntarily committed. At the time of this report Linda is 50 and lives in an assisted care facility, Care Partners, in Stevens Point Wisconsin. For the last 17 years, she has been involuntarily committed to live in a supervised facility and court ordered to take…

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