MindFreedom Ireland welcomes the publication of 'Selfhood - A Key to the Recovery of Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental Health Problems' by Dr.Terry Lynch, author of Beyond Prozac.

MindFreedom Ireland and Terry Lynch have had a mutual supportive relationship for many years.  He has inspired and encouraged many of us and wrote the foreword for 'Soul Survivor' published by Asylum in 2006.  You can hear him speaking at one of our events here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xohjamv-p4w

Terry has played a key role in the non violent revolution in the mental health system in Ireland.  He was one of the first to speak out boldly on how psychiatry has no scientific evidence and instead acts as a belief system.   The lack of a strong sense of self is the key cause of a troubled mind.

In his new book ‘Selfhood’ Terry explains how to discover oneself – to transform and thrive with true peace of mind, body and spirit.  It is a book you can read over and over again and actively apply to your life.

"A lot of what he writes about in his book I  have found out to be true from personal experience!   Since I became drug free, I have discovered so much about life and living that now everyday is really good and exciting to be alive."  Mary MaddockHis book is availabe on Amazon and other internet bookstores, directly from Terry Lynch, or by special order from bookshops.http://www.mindfreedomireland.com

Cover, Contents pages, Introduction and Index available free of charge on request. 

    Terry's websites: www.doctorterrylynch.com www.mentalhealthpublishing.com www.anew.ie These websites will befurther developed during the next 4-6 weeks.

Quick-fix drugs solution is destroying our children

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I WOULD like to add my voice to Riona Dunlea (Letters, Oct 18). As one who was given false unscientific labels I know they cause harm and discrimination.

Many people in emotional distress are diagnosed and remain on drugs that cause more damage than good, while the cause of their distress is not addressed. It is outrageous that children as young as two are being diagnosed today. They are prescribed powerful psychotropic drugs which can cause serious harm, even death for some. "Twenty years ago, our society began regularly prescribing drugs to children and adolescents, and now one out of every 15 Americans enter adulthood with a ‘serious mental illness’." (Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker). The quick-fix solution is profitable for some but how many lives have to be destroyed before better solutions are supported and applied? Our children deserve a better future. Let us provide it. Mary Maddock MindFreedom Ireland Thornbury Heights RochestownCork

This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Thursday, October 20, 2011





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Labelling youngsters is dangerous

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I CONGRATULATE your journalist, Jennifer Hough, on her insightful response to the recent study of adolescents which claimed that 15% of adolescents shown signs of "mental disorder".

As Ms Hough rightly points out "labelling people’s emotions as a mental disorder" is not only unhelpful but "serves to stigmatise". Such labelling can only add to any feelings of fear, panic, depression or helplessness, which the victims of such a study may already have been experiencing. The psychiatrist, Prof Cannon, who carried out the research, claims that the questionnaire gave "a broad outline of how many children may be possibly in the risk area for a later mental illness". An example of the questions put to the children was "have you ever felt sad, blue, down or empty?" I would challenge Prof Cannon to find any one person who has never experienced any of the above emotions; but to use such questions as a yardstick to determine whether a child is at risk of developing a "depressive disorder" is dangerous and frightening for parents and young people. Another question put to the children was in relation to "hearing voices" when nobody else was in the room. Now, everyone hears voices. Constant chatter goes on in the mind. In a crisis situation these "voices" may seem to come from outside oneself as the wisdom of the unconscious tries to alert one to find a resolution to a difficult situation. When the problem is addressed the symptoms very often disappear. Unfortunately , the approach taken in traditional psychiatry was to treat the symptoms through labelling and medication while the root cause was not investigated. In almost 20 years in private practice as a psychotherapist, I have never met anyone labelled with "depressive disorder", "anxiety disorder", "obsessive compulsive disorder", "schizophrenia", whose symptoms could not be traced to earlier problems in their personal or family background. These people experienced profound relief when it became clear to them that they were not victims of an "illness". Letting go of labels enabled them to be active participants in working towards their emotional and mental well-being. Reform of our mental health services is long overdue, but in its steps towards reform the Health Research Board would be well advised to engage with the progressive school of thinking embraced by psychiatrists such as Dr Sami Timimi who is endeavouring to abolish diagnostic classifications, or Dr Irwin Kirsch, who puts to rest the myth of chemical imbalance, to mention but a few. Otherwise, the labelling continues with drastic implications. Riona Dunlea, MIACP Natural Health Therapy Centre Douglas East Cork

Read more: http://www.examiner.ie/opinion/letters/labelling-youngsters-is-dangerous-170987.html#ixzz1b7z8iVLs

Lydia and Harry have helped to strengthen the survivor/thriver movement in Ireland and worldwide. They value and support their voices. I still remenber the first time Lydia connected with me in Tullamore many years ago. They are an example of true courageous educators. Hopefully they will inspire more people to follow their footsteps. Congrats Lydia and Harry!

Mary Maddock


UCC lecturers get exceptional citizen award

By Jennifer Hough

Friday, October 14, 2011

TWO lecturers at UCC have been awarded an exceptional citizen award for their work in highlighting issues around mental health and the establishment of Critical Voices Network Ireland.

Harry Gijbels, attached to the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Lydia Sapouna, from the School of Applied Social Studies, were given the award for their campaigning work and the establishment of the grassroots movement which puts patients and practitioners on a even footing. The judging panel felt that the CVNI offers an "exceptional service" to the citizens of the wider community and contributes to enhancing the quality of life of many people who have traditionally been silenced. "Such achievements are very admirable and worthy of an Exceptional Citizen Award," they said. Mr Gijbels and Ms Sapouna last year held a successful conference at UCC challenging the mental health system and calling for a new way forward. The conference saw the launch of the CVNI, a network of people interested in considering and developing responses to human distress which are creative, enabling, respectful and grounded in human rights. Next month, on November 16 and 17, the second CVNI conference will be held, and will address the use of medication as the dominant response to distress in mental health care. It will also look at medication withdrawal concerns, strategies and solutions. This free, two-day conference provides people from diverse backgrounds — self-experience, survivors, professionals, academics, carers — to present, discuss and debate critical and creative perspectives on and beyond the dominant bio-medical approach. The conference will include an open forum to discuss the on-going work of the CVNI. Keynote speakers are Peter Lehmann, author of Coming off Psychiatric Drugs and Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry, Dr Terry Lynch, medical doctor and psychotherapist, author of Beyond Prozac, Dr Sami Timimi, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, founder of the International Critical Psychiatry Network and of the ‘No More Psychiatric Labels’ Campaign. * To register for the event email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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