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MindFreedom's library of information about mental health, psychiatry, human rights & alternatives

These are items gathered by MindFreedom about mental health care, the psychiatric profession, advocacy, humane alternatives and more. This information is gathered for public education, and does not necessarily reflect the position of MindFreedom and its board. Nothing on MindFreedom.org or in our material should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a medical or legal opinion.

Folder Mental Health System
Why is the mental health system so often harmful to those it seeks to help, and what can be done to change the situation?
Folder Military and Mental Health
The intersection between the military and the mental health system has gained special attention because of veterans returning from war with a diagnosis of "post traumatic stress disorder" or PTSD.
Collection MindFreedom's library of information about mental health, psychiatry, human rights & alternatives
These are items gathered by MindFreedom about mental health care, the psychiatric profession, advocacy, humane alternatives and more. This information is gathered for public education, and does not necessarily reflect the position of MindFreedom and its board. Nothing on MindFreedom.org or in our material should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a medical or legal opinion.
Folder Personal accounts of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors
These are first person descriptions by MindFreedom members of human rights violations in the psychiatric system.
Folder Police and Mental Health
This material has information involving police and those impacted by the mental health system. This includes commentary about special training for the police on mental health issues.
Folder Prison and Mental Health
All people in the criminal justice system deserve a range of voluntary supports. Unfortunately, the motto 'help not prisons' is being used to promote more and more psychiatric drugging and restraints of prisoners, without that full variety of humane alternatives.
Folder Psychiatric Drug Industry
Investigations of the undue influence by huge and profitable corporations that manufacture psychiaric medications.
Folder Psychiatric Drugs
A variety of information about psychiatric prescribed medications, including neuroleptic brain damage, deaths and psychiatric drugs, and resources about quitting psychiatric drugs.
Folder Psychiatric Survivors
 
Folder Resources, books, publications, reviews
Here are reviews and listings of books, publications on human rights and alternatives in the mental health system.
Article Schizophrenia & Natural Remedies - Withdrawing Safely from Psychiatric Drugs
Maureen B. Roberts, PhD, a Jungian therapist who is the founder and co-ordinator of the Schizophrenia Crisis Centre & Drug-free Helpline, outlines safe, natural, healing remedies for safe withdrawal from psychiatric drugs for patients labeled as 'schizophrenics'. Dr. Roberts recommends gradual withdrawal techniques, using orthomolecular remedies that replace neurotoxic drugs with natural alternatives, while restoring a more normal pH balance.
Article Therapy Without Force: A Treatment Model for Severe Psychiatric Problems
This paper offers real-world examples of how therapists can avoid resorting to coercive interventions while attempting to respectfully help those in severe distress. (Author is responsible for content.)
Folder USA Campaign
 
Folder Youth & Mental Health System
 
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Laura Delano - Psychiatric survivor blogger activist

Laura works as a peer specialist in the traditional mental health system and writes a blog at madinamerica.com, where she is sharing her story of recovery from psychiatry. After living with psychiatric labels for 13 years and taking psychotropic medications for ten of them, Laura says she found liberation in 2010 from her psychiatric diagnoses, from her reliance upon the mental health system, and from the once deep-seated belief that she was sentenced to a life-long "mental illness." Laura says, "I am proud to be a member of the MindFreedom International community for all MFI does to promote equality, justice, and civil rights for people who have been labeled 'mentally ill.'" (See 'Related Content' links below for link to Mad In America web site where Laura's blogs.)
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