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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advance directives can be one tool to assert your right to be free from coerced psychiatry, but they can sometimes be "superceded" or even misused as a tool against your human rights.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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Rae Unzicker & Justin Dart

Rae (1948-2001) was a psychiatric survivor activist who was a key bridge-builder between the entire disability movement and our movement to change the mentalh health system. Rae championed the National Council on Disability (NCD) report, From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities Speaking For Themselves. Rae is shown here with her beloved Justin Dart (1930 - 2002), widely considered one of the key disability activists of the last century, and also a bridge builder between our movements. Both Rae and Justin were MFI members. (Photo by Cookie Gant)
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