MARTIN HYNES is a founder member of MindFreedom Ireland, a former member of Cork Advocacy Network and as one who was subjected to it, an outspoken critic of electroshock. He is also a lead co-ordinator for MFI’s weekly support group Stand by  Me.

 

KATHY SINNOTT is a mother or nine children and the founder of HOPE.  In 2006, she took a court case to force the Irish government to provide primary school education for her son Jamie who has multiple disabilities.  In 2001, the High Court ruled that every person in Ireland had a constitutional right to primary education and it was based on need not age.  The government subsequently successfully appealed the case to the Supreme Court.  She served as an MEP from 2004 to 2009 and continues to be active in the area of human rights

 

ROBERT WHITAKER is the author of four books, two of which tell the history of psychiatry.  His first, Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill was named by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 2002.  His latest book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, investigates the astonishing rise in the number of disabled mentally ill in the United States.  Prior to writing books, Robert Whitaker worked as the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper in New York for a number of years.  His journalism articles won several national awards, including a George Polk award for medical writing and a National Association of Science Writers’ award for best magazine article.  A series he co-wrote for The Boston Globe was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

 

TERRY LYNCH qualified as medical doctor in 1982.  For over 10 years he worked as a GP.  During this time he became increasingly concerned about fundamental issues such as the quality of medical training in mental health, the excessive reliance on medication to treat mental health problems and the persuasive influence of the pharmaceutical industry on medical practice.  In 2002 he completed an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at the University of Limerick.  He is author of Beyond Prozac-Healing Mental Distress and currently practices as a psychotherapist in Limerick.

 

TED CHABASINSKI is a 73 year old lawyer from Berkeley, California.  Fostered as baby, he was placed in New York’s Bellevue psychiatric hospital where, at the age of 6, he was subjected to electroshock, forced treatment and solitary confinement.  Eventually discharged 10 years later, he became active in the psychiatric survivor movement.  He is currently directing attorney for Mental Health Consumer Concerns specialising in cases involving the harmful effects of psychiatric drugs.

 

MARY MADDOCK is a former Ursuline nun who was admitted to Sarsfield Court psychiatric hospital following the birth of her first daughter in 1976.  She was subjected to forced injections, many sessions of electroshock and eventually put on a cocktail of drugs for nearly 20 years.  Now completely drug-free for over 10 years, she is a founder member of MindFreedom Ireland and co-author with her husband Jim of Soul Survivor-A Personal Encounter with Psychiatry.

MINDFREEDOM IRELAND

 

EPIDEMIC EXPOSED – ARE ‘MAGIC BULLETS’ AN ILLUSION?

 

CARRIGALINE COURT HOTEL – 28TH FEBRUARY, 2011.

 

 

WELCOME

 

MindFreedom Ireland would like to welcome you to our public event this evening.  We are delighted to present all our speakers to you and we are sure our native ones will not mind if we extend a special Cead Mile Failte to our keynote speaker Robert Whitaker and also to Ted Chabasinski on what, for both of them, is their first visit to Ireland.  The message of every one of our speakers, each giving his and her time and effort for free, is one of great importance for us all.  The current bible of psychiatry, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV led to a 40x increase in child bipolar diagnoses in the US and an epidemic of dangerous anti-psychotic prescriptions for children.  With 25% more mental disorders than DSM III, DSM IV has been a goldmine for drug companies here in Ireland too.  It is up to public pressure to stop what has been called this “wholesale imperial medicalisation of normality.”

 

MindFreedom Ireland would like to thank all our members and friends, all who donated to and supported our swimathon, the Irish Network of Critical Voices in Mental Health, our guest speakers and finally, you our audience, for contributing to the success of this evening’s event.

 

PROGRAMME

 

7.30   Chairman Martin Hynes – Opening remarks

7.45 Kathy Sinnott

8.00 Robert Whitaker

8.45 Dr.Terry Lynch

9.15 Ted Chabasinski

9.30 Mary Maddock

9.45 Open Forum

10.15       Chairman’s closing remarks & remembrance ceremony

 

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Founded in 2003, MindFreedom Ireland campaigns for human rights in the area of mental health, specifically in relation to the over-prescription of drugs, forced injections, involuntary detention and the use of electro-shock ‘therapy’.  For more information, visit our website at

 

www.mindfreedomireland.com

http://www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/letters/victims-of-human-rights-abuses-in-ireland-145248.html Dear sir,

In her article in the Irish Examiner of February 10th, Jennifer Hough states that "so-called voluntary" patients are in reality being deprived of their liberty and if staff considered it necessary these patients could also be subjected to seclusion and could be administered medication for prolonged periods against their wish" in Ireland in 2011.

I speak on behalf of a group of people who are mostly psychiatric survivors. Many of us have been tortured with powerful psychotropic drugs which have changed our personalities and made it very difficult for us to do simple tasks. We are forced to take psychiatric drugs which causes us to have severe adverse effects to our wellbeing. When some of us object to harmful medical intervention, because of the label of being ' mentally ill ' we are not taken seriously. We are even seen as violent when we try to defend ourselves. We are not offered any helpful way if we have a life or spiritual problem.

These human rights abuses have to stop. How can we complain about other human rights abuses when we have so many in our own backyard? Yours sincerely, Mary Maddock.

MINDFREEDOM IRELAND

 

 PRESENTS

 

 EPIDEMIC EXPOSED – ARE

 

‘MAGIC BULLETS’

 

 AN ILLUSION?

 

  ROBERT WHITAKER

 

AUTHOR OF

 

‘MAD IN AMERICA’ AND ‘ANATOMY OF AN EPIDEMIC’

 

  OTHER SPEAKERS:           DR. TERRY LYNCH, ‘BEYOND PROZAC’

 

KATHY SINNOTT, FORMER MEP

 

MARY MADDOCK, ‘SOUL SURVIVOR’

 

TED CHABASINSKI, US ATTORNEY & PSYCHIATRIC SURVIVOR

 

CHAIR: MARTIN HYNES

 

 

TIME/VENUE: 7.30pm MONDAY FEBRUARY 28TH

CARRIGALINE COURT HOTEL

 

 

ADMISSION:                        FREE – DONATIONS AT DOOR.

 

 

ENQUIRIES:             021- 4894303.

www.mindfreedomireland.com

(In association with The Irish Network of Critical Voices in Mental Health)

 

 

Chorus:  Sing, sing it from the mountainsSing it from the rooftops,Sing it through the cloudsThey say we have an imbalanceA chemical imbalanceBroken brainsThey force us to be normalWith toxic poisonsWe must obeyChorusThey say they're scientificConcocting trialsResults they frameBacked up by Big PharmaThey line their pocketsTo achieve their powerChorusBrains zaped with electroshockNamed ECTDamages our brainsECT machines are not examinedThey line their pocketsAnd destroy our brainsChorusOur children have no futureWhile toxic poisonsDestroy their brainsLove should be their futureTons of encouragementInstead of pain