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A number of psychiatric survivor and mental health consumer organizations have united to speak out directly inside a special conference by the World Psychiatric Association on the topic of ending coercion and force in the mental health system.

Link Psychiatric Survivor Organization Dialogue at World Psychiatric Association Coercion Conference
At a special meeting of the World Psychiatric Association in Dresden about coercion in psychiatry, several dialogues were held between representatives of psychiatric survivor organizations and leaders of the WPA. This extensive web site contains the materials, documentation, photographs and links from the event.
File PDF of Declaration of Dresden Against Coerced Psychiatric Treatment
Several psychiatric survivor organizations, including MindFreedom International, helped develop and issue this call to end force and coercion in the mental health system. The timing of the statement is to coincide with a special conference by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) on the subject of coercion in psychiatry which is being held in Dresden in June 2007. Several representatives from these organizations will be inside the WPA conference speaking out, and distributing the statement.
File In German: Declaration of Dresden Against Coerced Psychiatric Treatment
This is the version in deutsch: Several psychiatric survivor organizations, including MindFreedom International, helped develop and issue this call to end force and coercion in the mental health system. The timing of the statement is to coincide with a special conference by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) on the subject of coercion in psychiatry which is being held in Dresden in June 2007. Several representatives from these organizations will be inside the WPA conference speaking out, and distributing the statement.
Page Declaration of Dresden Against Coerced Psychiatric Treatment
Here is the text of a united statement by a number of psychiatric survivor and mental health consumer/user groups that says, "We stand united in calling for an end to all forced and coerced psychiatric procedures and for the development of alternatives to psychiatry." It is to be released publicly in Dresden, Germany on 7 June 2007 during the World Psychiatric Association meeting on coercion in psychiatry.
File 70 Years of Coercion in German Psychiatric Institutions, Experienced and Witnessed
Keynote speech from June 7, 2007, by Dorothea Buck, Honorary Chair of the German Bundesver-band Psychiatrie-Erfahrener, at the congress “Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Review”, run by the World Psychiatric Organisation in Dresden, Germany, June 6 – 8, 2007. This is in PDF format.
Page WPA 2008 meetings
This is a list from the World Psychiatric Association web site about their meetings, or co-sponsored meetings, in 2008. Disclaimer: this is not necessarily an endorsement of any activity in these events. [As of 20 Sept. 2007].
News Item Australians leaflet World Psychiatric Association conference
When the World Psychiatric Association held a major meeting in Melbourne, Australia, psychiatric survivor activists representing three different groups were there to leaflet participants from all over the world on opening day, reports psychiatric survivor David Webb.
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