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Next MFI Radio: Jim Gottstein vs. Psychiatric Drug Industry Power

Jim Gottstein is a hero, psychiatric survivor, attorney, and founder of the group PsychRights. Jim broke into the pages of The New York Times half a dozen times by uncovering secret documents that Eli Lilly tried to hide about their psychiatric drug Zyprexa. The documents are secrets no more, but Eli Lilly is still targeting Jim. You may listen and phone in to this Internet radio show LIVE this Wednesday, 16 May at 4 pm ET at Host David Oaks.

Next MFI Radio: Jim Gottstein vs. Psychiatric Drug Industry Power

Jim Gottstein, founder of PsychRights, is next guest on MindFreedom Internet Radio, 16 May 2007.

MindFreedom News Show This Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 4 pm ET.

Psychiatrically-labeled. Harvard-trained lawyer. Activist. Whistle blower.

Jim Gottstein of Alaska qualifies for all these labels and more, and he's the guest on the next MindFreedom News Hour.

Listen and phone in to the free LIVE MindFreedom News Internet Radio Show by clicking on  every Wednesday at 4 pm ET.

This is radio for a nonviolent revolution in the mental health system, hosted by psychiatric rights activist David Oaks, director of MindFreedom. David also experienced the mental health system as a youth when he was institutionalized five times and diagnosed "schizophrenic." For a brief bio about David click here.

If you listen LIVE to the MindFreedom News Hour jot down the toll free call-in number for the USA or the special call-in number for outside the USA as it is given during the show. Please keep trying, sometimes it takes more than once to get through.

You may e-mail at any time before or during the show to and your comment or question may be read on the air.

Brief bio about Jim Gottstein:

Jim Gottstein grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and went to college at the University of Oregon. He then went to Harvard Law School. After law school, Jim went back to Alaska and has practiced law there for over 25 years. He is a psychiatric survivor and for over 20 years has devoted a portion of his time advocating for and representing people labeled with mental illness.

Jim won national attention by taking on Eli Lilly over their attempt to suppress thousands of documents revealing fraud and corruption in the marketing and sale of their psychiatric drug Zyprexa. For links to background information on this battle click here. For links to some of The New York Times articles click here.

One of these cases, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Lands litigation resulted in a settlement valued at over One Billion Dollars and created the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority which has had a dramatic, positive impact on Alaska's Mental Health program. In, 2002, after reading the book _Mad in America_ by Bob Whitaker, Jim founded the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights, known as PsychRights, to mount a serious, strategic, coordinated legal campaign in the United States against forced drugging and electroshock.

Since then Jim has addressed public misconceptions about what is called mental illness and the very limited effectiveness and great harm caused by what is called psychiatric "treatment." Because of legal and practical reasons and because it is the right thing to do, Jim also works on creating humane, non-coercive alternatives to current psychiatric practices.

In Alaska Jim has had some considerable success in these efforts. In June of 2006, the Alaska Supreme Court decided the landmark Myers case which held Alaska's forced drugging statute unconstitutional.

In September of 2006, another project he has been working on -- a non-coercive alternative to hospitalization that allows non-drug choices, called Soteria-Alaska -- received formal support by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and a commitment of funds to help get it going.

Another program, called CHOICES, Inc., which is a non-coercive community program run by peers, received a grant in 2006 to provide Independent Case Management and Flexible Support Services. This grant is designed to allow CHOICES to receive sustainable revenues into the future, including under Medicaid.

Jim is also president of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA).


The MindFreedom News Hour is part of a diverse array of shows on Progressive Radio Network.

On each MindFreedom News Hour you'll hear hear news, resources, and an interview. Shows have covered the history of the psychiatric survivor movement, how psychiatric survivors and concerned mental health professionals are working together on human rights campaigns, and more.

Regular features include networking announcements about successful activism and alternatives.

It's your mind! It's your freedom! Free your mind with the MindFreedom News Hour hosted by David Oaks every Wednesday at 4 pm eastern time.

Just click on at that time and day!


If you have show suggestions, comments, ideas, please e-mail it to E-mail is checked during the show, and your comments may be read live on "the air."

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Peter Lehmann, editor, author, psychiatric survivor activist

Peter Lehmann of Berlin, Germany serves as one of the MindFreedom International representatives with the United Nations, and is a long-term supporter of MindFreedom campaigns and activities. Peter is a psychiatric survivor who has worked passionately for decades in Germany, Europe and internationally with a variety of groups for significant change in the mental health system. Peter is editor and publisher of a variety of books challenging human rights violations in the mental health system and promoting alternatives. His most recent book (co-edited with Peter Stastny, MD) is called "Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry." This book provides chapters from 61 leaders in changing the mental health system, and is available in the MindFreedom Mad Market.
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