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Psychiatric Advance Directives

"Advance directives" on mental health topics can sometimes help prevent forced psychiatric treatment, but too often the psychiatric industry is allowed to override these documents.

Article Washington Post: "Va. Studies Directives Giving the Mentally Ill A Say in Their Care"
This Washington Post article about psychiatric advance directives quotes long-time mental health consumer advocate and MindFreedom member Yvonne Smith. Disclaimer: The article does not necessarily reflect MindFreedom position.
News Item Dialogue in law journal about value about psychiatric advanced directives.
Psychiatric advance directives can be one tool to assert your right to be free from coerced psychiatry, but they can sometimes be "superceded" or even misused as a tool against your human rights. The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry & Law had a dialogue featuring an article and replies, including from Robert Bernstein, director of Bazelon Center, an MFI Sponsor Group.
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Mary Ann Ebert - New York State Activist

Mary Ann Ebert of Mental Patients Liberation Alliance of Syracuse helped found MindFreedom International's Support Coalition and provided early technical assistance to get it off the ground. Mary Ann has worked for decades to support human rights and alternatives of people in the mental health system. (Photo by Tom Olin.)
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