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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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Lynne Salvi, psychiatric survivor

Lynne M. Salvi [1963 - 2011] was an activist with MindFreedom Lane County. She experienced 24 years of human rights violations in the mental health system. Lynne said, "Since finding MindFreedom and becoming a member, my life changed dramatically. I found many people who understand through experience without words. MindFreedom feels like a reunion of family I never knew before. This connection and encouragement give me the courage to speak out. I am grateful to find myself using those painful experiences to help others. Today I am medication-free and psychiatrist-free for the first time." See "Related Content" below for writing by Lynne.
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