May 2008 Protests of Electroshock

Info Electroshock — also known as electroconvulsive therapy — was protested by MindFreedom members in Cork, Ireland; Ottawa, Canada; Montreal, Canada. Here are brief reports from each. MindFreedom Ireland in Cork, Ireland on 3 May 2008 protesting electroshock. BELOW are reports from three May 2008 electroshock protests: Cork, Ireland (photo in upper right); Ottawa, Canada;…

NEWS: MindFreedom Launches All-New MadMarket

Info 1 May 2008: An all-new MadMarket is launched! The MadMarket has hard-to-get books, DVD’s and gear about changing the mental health system. Proceeds support the human rights campaigns of MindFreedom International. New DVD in all-new MadMarket: Little Brother, BIG PHARMA Announcing The Launch Of The ALL-NEW MadMarket!!!! by Martin Rafferty, Director, MadMarket Have you…

MindFreedom Journal #48 available

Info Issue includes news about Global, USA, Media, Choice and Mad Pride Campaigns. Available now in paper, PDF, and plain text versions. MindFreedom Youth Committee The spring 2008 issue of MindFreedom Journal features articles about MFI’s new collaboration with PsychRights, the Youth Voices For Choices campaign, a look back at 2007 Mad Pride events, and…

United Nations Disability Treaty in Effect

Info A United Nations treaty — or “convention” — on disability has been ratified by enough nations to go into effect on 3 May 2008. MindFreedom activists worked for years with hundreds of other advocates to achieve this victory. [11 May 2008 update] UN delegates Celia Brown, MFI Board President, and Janet Amegatcher, Executive Director…

Oregon Public Broadcasting Radio spotlights MindFreedom opposition to forced psychiatric drugs.

Info David Oaks, Director of MindFreedom, is interviewed on OPB radio about his experience of forced psychiatric drugging, and MindFreedom’s opposition to forced mental health procedures. Oregon Public Broadcasting included segment about MindFreedom’s opposition to forced psychiatry. 21 March 2008 News alert by David Oaks, Director, MindFreedom International Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) broadcast a radio…

New Zealand court “quashes” psychiatrist du Fresne attempt to silence survivor of her own forced electroshock

Info When New Zealand psychiatrist du Fresne tried to stop a TV station from interviewing a survivor of her own forced electroshock, the public was outraged. A court ruled that Dr. du Fresne had no legal leg to stand on. Psychiatrist Stephanie du Fresne forcibly electroshock clients, and then tries to silence them, in The…

New Task Force on Mental Health Legal Advocacy & Activism

Info NEWS RELEASE: PsychRights & MindFreedom have formed a joint effort to win battles against forced psychiatric drugging in both the court of law and court of public opinion. The effort targets human rights violations in California, Massachusetts and New York. The power of the pharmaceutical industry threatens the USA justice system. Download PDF of…

A Mental Health Alternative for Youth in Denmark May Be Shut Down: Save Gaderummet!

Info Gaderummet is an innovative psychosocial alternative for young homeless people in Copenhagen, Denmark that may be replaced by a more traditional mental health service. Here’s an easy e-mail action you can take to help show there is international support. Youth participants in front of Gaderummet with a banner that reads, “Right to Self-Determination and…