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Jan 22, 2011

After Tucson: Mainstream Media Pushes Forced Psychiatric Drugging, Ignores Consumer/Survivor Perspective

Since the Tucson catastrophe, the mass media have largely been ignoring the perspective of groups run by mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, despite many news articles and opinion pieces discussing mental health. Meanwhile, these same media have quoted extremist E. Fuller Torrey and supporters of his group Treatment Advocacy Center, the main organization promoting more forced psychiatric drugging as the main solution for mental and emotional problems in the USA. read more...

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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York State

First involuntarily institutionalized, at 15, Lauren Tenney is a survivor of psychiatry. She has been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. Her goal is to help stop forced psychiatric procedures, detainment, and confinement, human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern are the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages, but particularly children and senior citizens, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, behavioral interventions, and coercion of any kind. Lauren, a Mad-Activist/ Artist/ Author/ Academic/ Adjunct Professor is coordinating The Opal Project, an outcome of participatory action research she coordinated for field research in the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation topic is: "The Institutionalized "Community." She became involved with WE THE PEOPLE when the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights and MindFreedom International needed someone on the ground in Brooklyn, New York to coordinate a response where Esmin Green was murdered-by-neglect. She now lives in Albany, NY with her service dog-in-training and cat. For more info: www.TheOpalProject.org and www.etrash.tv
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