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60 Minutes: Let Psychiatric Survivors Speak for Themselves!

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Activist Alert from MindFreedom International...Write or call CBS' "60 Minutes" Exec. Producer, Jeffrey Fager: The September 29th edition of 60 Minutes "Untreated Mental Illness an Imminent Danger" was shameful and portrayed people with psychiatric histories as violent, inhuman, unworthy of compassion and incapable of making their own decisions.

60 Minutes: Let Psychiatric Survivors Speak for Themselves!

Untreated mental illness an imminent danger? aired on 60 Minutes on September 29, 2013

Activist Alert from MindFreedom International

60 Minutes: Let Psychiatric Survivors Speak for Themselves! Stop Deceiving the Public! 

The CBS TV news show, "60 Minutes" segment "Untreated Mental Illness an Imminent Danger" (aired on September 29th) was shameful and portrayed people with psychiatric histories as violent, inhuman, unworthy of compassion and incapable of making their own decisions. They offered one point of view from E.Fuller Torrey, whose solution is more forced treatment and a life sentence of psychiatric institutionalization and incarceration.

The segment deceived the viewing public with irresponsible journalism because CBS did not offer another viewpoint. Viewers could have learned that psychiatric survivors can and do speak about their own experiences.

Mindfreedom is fighting for human rights and alternatives to mental health treatment and non-violence in the mental health system. We join with our supporters, allies, and psychiatric survivor organizations in requesting CBS' 60 Minutes to air a future segment with accurate information and alternative perspectives.

Please join us in calling upon the CBS TV show, "60 Minutes" to interview psychiatric survivors who are surviving from the harmful effects of psychiatric drugs and forced electroshock, who are using non-medical model approaches for healing.

Please Write or Email:

Jeffrey Fager, 60 Minutes Executive Producer 
CBS Corporation
524 West 57th St
New York, NY 10019
or...

EMAIL: 60m@cbsnews.com - Suggested subject line: ATTN: Jeffrey Fager: Let Psychiatric Survivors Speak For Themselves!

You can also sign our change.org online petition.

Thank you for your continued interest and involvement in speaking up for psychiatric survivors!
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If you have yet to see it and wish to see this segment yourself:

Untreated mental illness an imminent danger? (aired on 60 Minutes on September 29, 2013): http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50156091n

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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York State

First involuntarily institutionalized, at 15, Lauren Tenney is a survivor of psychiatry. She has been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. Her goal is to help stop forced psychiatric procedures, detainment, and confinement, human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern are the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages, but particularly children and senior citizens, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, behavioral interventions, and coercion of any kind. Lauren, a Mad-Activist/ Artist/ Author/ Academic/ Adjunct Professor is coordinating The Opal Project, an outcome of participatory action research she coordinated for field research in the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation topic is: "The Institutionalized "Community." She became involved with WE THE PEOPLE when the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights and MindFreedom International needed someone on the ground in Brooklyn, New York to coordinate a response where Esmin Green was murdered-by-neglect. She now lives in Albany, NY with her service dog-in-training and cat. For more info: www.TheOpalProject.org and www.etrash.tv
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