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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.

dresden-declaration-deutsch-wpa.pdf — PDF document, 271Kb

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Chuck Hughes is a psychiatric survivor activist from Santa Barbara, California.

"I find inspiration and mental support in MindFreedom," says Chuck. "I like associating with like-minded activists for human rights in mental health. When I go into a Board or Commission and say I am a member of MindFreedom International. It gives what I say a lot more validity and my voice carries a lot farther. My first of eight involuntarily institutionalizations was at age 23. I have witnessed much injustice in mental health. I have been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. My goal is to help stop forced outpatient psychiatric procedures, seclusion, restraints and other human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern is the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages."
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