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

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  • Cork Electroshock Protest May, 2017

    A public protest against the psychiatric procedure of electroshock took  place in Cork on Saturday.   A number of speakers referred to the fact that, following a decline in the 1980's  and 90's, electroshock is now on the increase again.  Apart from causing cellular brain injury it is also, in a ratio of 2 to 1, used more on women than men.  Many of the women are elderly including, recently, a woman of 92.   Grandmother and shock recipient Mary Maddock (69) spoke of a power imbalance faced by the victims of an outdated procedure which she described as a human rights violation.   Other speakers placed the procedure in the context of present day overall forced psychiatric practice which also sees people...

  • MINDFREEDOM IRELAND PRESS RELEASE MAY 6TH, 2017.

    PSYCHIATRIC SURVIVOR GROUP MARKS 10 YEARS OF PROTEST.   On Saturday May 13th, psychiatric survivor group MindFreedom Ireland will mark 10 years of protest against the controversial procedure of electroshock with a public demonstration on The Grand Parade, Cork.   Increasingly worldwide, shock recipients are speaking out against the outdated and brain damaging procedure in the face of concerted campaigns by psychiatry to say it is safe and effective.   In the welter of information and misinformation being circulated, certain facts need to be clearly stated.   Firstly, by their own admission doctors do not know how it is supposed to work.  Secondly, deliberately provoking a grand mal seizure is at...

  • MINDFREEDOM IRELAND PRESS RELEASE MAY 6TH, 2017.

    PSYCHIATRIC SURVIVOR GROUP MARKS 10 YEARS OF PROTEST.   On Saturday May 13th, psychiatric survivor group MindFreedom Ireland will mark 10 years of protest against the controversial procedure of electroshock with a public demonstration on The Grand Parade, Cork.   Increasingly worldwide, shock recipients are speaking out against the outdated and brain damaging procedure in the face of concerted campaigns by psychiatry to say it is safe and effective.   In the welter of information and misinformation being circulated, certain facts need to be clearly stated.   Firstly, by their own admission doctors do not know how it is supposed to work.  Secondly, deliberately provoking a grand mal seizure is at...

  • Psychiatric labels and their consequences

    In memory of my friend Carmel   The first time I met Carmel was before I spoke at a nutritional conference in Dublin.  She had been through the psychiatric system and like me she was drug free.  She had a profound spiritual sense.  She had read ’Soul Survivor - A Personal Encounter With Psychiatry.’  We immediately became friends.  Then I thought Carmel had a good life in front of her and that she would be able to remain drug free.  She was only in her  thirties.  But unfortunately because Carmel was labelled ’schizophrenic’ she did not have the freedom to chose her own path.  She was incarcerated many times after that and force treated with powerful, mind and body altering neuroleptics.   She was...

  • MindFreedom Ireland Submission

    Submission from MindFreedom Ireland      http://davidhealy.org/left-hanging-suicide-in-bridgend/   Survivors of psychiatry are very aware of the role prescription drugs play in people taking their own lives. Many have found that in the long term they can cause more harm than good and for some they can be harmful even for short time usage. We have found that those who are prescribing prescription drugs do so in ways which are not helpful e.g. people taking too many drugs at the same time - put on them too quickly and for too long - taken off one too quickly and put on another too quickly - withdrawing to quickly off most drugs - given in large dosages to children, women and old people are some of...