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Dr. Sanne Magnan is Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Dr. Sanne Magnan, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) ought to issue a public statement of opposition to the use of involuntary electroshock on dozens of Minnesota citizens wasting scarce taxpayer funding. [posted May 2009]

Sanne Magnan, director of Minnesota Department of Health. Name
: Dr. Sanne Magnan, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

City/State: Office is in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Connection to Ray's case: Commissioner Magnan oversees the largest health agency in Minnesota. City Pages revealed that dozens of Minnesotans, including Ray, are receiving involuntary electroshock. Commissioner Magnan should be aware of this controversy, and ought to issue a policy statement of concern about the human rights of these citizens.

Public position on Ray Sandford's forced outpatient electroshock: Unknown. 

Public position in general on outpatient involuntary electroshock over expressed wishes of subject: Unknown.

IMPORTANT NOTE: MindFreedom and Ray endorse nonviolence principles. Even if an individual or agency opposes Ray's human rights, MindFreedom and Ray ask that any communication be civil.


Contact Commissioner Dr. Sanne Magnan of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and inform Dr. Magnan of the atrocities Ray Sandford and others have had to endure and might continue to endure.

Since health care officials may not discuss a particular patient, you can ask about issuing a policy statement against  involuntary electroshock in general.

You can also point officials to MindFreedom's web site about the Ray Campaign.

By phone:

Here is a direct telephone to the voice mail for Commissioner Dr. Sanne Magnan (MDH):


By web form to reach MDH, go to the following Web address
Enter your name, email address.
For the field “The purpose of this feedback is for:”, select “The Commissioner of the Department of Health”
For the field “If commenting on a specific page, please submit the Web address at the top of the page:”, enter
"Involuntary Electroshock"
For the field “Your comments or suggestions:”, enter your comments.

By postal mail:

Commissioner Dr. Sanne Magnan
Minnesota Department of Health
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

Here is a sample message, your own words are best:

Please investigate the involuntary electroshock of dozens of citizens in Minnesota such as Ray Sandford. Ray is a resident of Minnesota who has received several treatments of involuntary electroshock, also known as electroconvulsive therapy. Ray is protesting the treatment and has been in the news internationally.

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(Thanks to Chris for helping to compile this alert.)

Disclaimer: The above is the opinion of the author, based on reports from Ray Sandford and allies, to the best of their knowledge. If there is any dispute of the facts, please let MindFreedom know.

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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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