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Why is the mental health system so often harmful to those it seeks to help, and what can be done to change the situation?

Page Comparing Mental Health Client and Mental Health System
Ron Unger, coordinator for MindFreedom Lane County, compares a distressed client and a distressed mental health system. There are many similarities. Ron is a full time mental health counselor in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
File Affidavit of Robert Whitaker
An affidavit by Robert Whitaker, author of the book "Mad in America," that details his research.
Folder Sources for the Truth in Mental Health Flyer
This folder contains links to the supporting evidence behind the mental health myth-busting claims of the MindFreedom Truth Injection Mental Health Flyer. Thank you to Ron Unger for compiling these links. Ron is a mental health counselor who coordinates MindFreedom Lane County Affiliate.
Article "Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption"
An article in the New York Review of Books which, in the context of reviewing three new books, explores the impact of financial ties between drug companies and doctors.
Folder Monitoring the American Psychiatric Association
One of the most powerful and rich organizations representing the psychiatric industry in the world is the American Psychiatric Association. For instance, the APA members vote on the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual," which is considered the bible label of psychiatry, and which is influential internationally, such as through the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
Article 7 Reasons America's Mental Health Industry Is a Threat to Our Sanity
Bruce Levine is a courageous psychologist and author in Cincinnati, Ohio, who makes the connection between changing the mental health system and changing society itself. In this Alternet essay he gives seven reasons why he and many other dissident mental health professionals have chosen to rebel against their own industry. Bruce is a long-time supporter of MindFreedom International.
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Levi Chambers: Young adult leader

Levi Chambers is a sociology student, organizer, and psychiatric survivor working toward mental health justice in Olympia, Washington. He said: "I am a member of MFI because the organization fights for my rights more effectively than groups with funding from big pharma. My family and I stopped supporting those groups, and have been MFI fans ever since." Levi believes in community mental support, non-pathological and non-chemical treatment alternatives, and declines to use psychiatric labels. Currently a 22-year-old college student involved in the Icarus Project and a member of MindFreedom International, Levi hopes to become a researcher who works to gain scientific acknowledgment for alternative recovery models. If you would like to work with Levi to fight discrimination, build alternatives to conventional psychiatry, and demand a non-violent revolution in mental health in Washington State, please contact him.
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