MindFreedom Ireland advocates a no-force model of mental health care

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  • Jigsaw Lockdown 2020

      Reflections of a proud madwoman/MindFreedom   When I was a young child I loved to do jigsaws. Living in the west of Ireland in a small rural village, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to make some jigsaws with my family. Many years later after I got married and moved to Cork, I continued to do some jigsaws in my spare time. I was new to the community with time on my hands. A jigsaw can be a great challenge to create a lovely picture. It can be simple or difficult but it always demands your full attention. You can do it alone or with other people. It is always a thrill when you find a missing piece!   After my encounter with psychiatry, I remembered my past love of jigsaws. None was...

  • Peace of Mind

    Peace of Mind   Today on 10/10/2020, 20 years free from poisonous, prescription synthetic chemicals, I am MadProud to know the truth about coercive, oppressive, fraudulent, toxic psychiatry!   For more than 20 years I was a psychiatric prisoner because of all the propaganda which abounded around ‘mental health/mental illness’, especially the idea that I had a chemical brain imbalance.  In effect, I was the victim of the adverse effects of three psychiatric poisons, Largactil ( a neuroleptic), Surmontil (an antidepressant) and Lithium ( known as a mood stabilizer).   Fortunately, while I personally found out the truth and got my way through the chemical cosh I consumed, it is still difficult for...

  • Peace of Mind

    Peace of Mind   Today on 10/10/2020, 20 years free from poisonous, prescription synthetic chemicals, I am MadProud to know the truth about coercive, oppressive, fraudulent, toxic psychiatry!   For more than 20 years I was a psychiatric prisoner because of all the propaganda which abounded around ‘mental health/mental illness’, especially the idea that I had a chemical brain imbalance.  In effect, I was the victim of the adverse effects of three psychiatric poisons, Largactil ( a neuroleptic), Surmontil (an antidepressant) and Lithium ( known as a mood stabilizer).   Fortunately, while I personally found out the truth and got my way through the chemical cosh I consumed, it is still difficult for...

  • Coming Out Of The Darkness

                                                         In his poem The Forge, the Irish Nobel Prizewinner Seamus Heaney wrote:   "All I know is a door into the dark"   And it was into the dark, literally and metaphorically, that I was heading, on a stormy January night in 1976, as I was driven along winding country roads and through the gates of St. Stephen's psychiatric hospital, 10 miles north of Cork city, Ireland.   Just two days previously I had given birth to our daughter Claire, our first child.  She had been left behind in the maternity hospital but I was accompanied by my husband Jim.  I was in a distressed emotional state and following the speed of events, he too was in a confused state as papers were presented for his signature and we...

  • Prisoner of Beliefs.

    It has recently been brought to our attention that a member of MindFreedom Ireland, an involuntarily detained person in a Dublin institution, will appear before a Mental Health Tribunal in the coming days.  Despite claims that Mental Health Tribunals are "bound by the principles of natural justice and fairness", it is our considered opinion that the conventional psychiatric medical model of care is the one and only model of care that operates and that the three members of the Tribunal accept and abide by this model, which again in our opinion, is in effect a model of pseudo-scientific beliefs.  Not given any credence are the beliefs, to whatever extent valid, of any person who does not...