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

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  • 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...

  • Stand By Me

    Stand By Me ( a poem by one of our loyal regulars) Anne O Dwyer Your spoken suggestions about what went wrongThings I darn't say nowadays - let them offListening to me, listen to you in a gentle incision of angerYou become angry with one another often enough for me to pick up its alrightWhen nowadays something goes right, a celebration- I listenHow everyone I know a little or a lotcongratulates profusely for a poem in the paperfriends for lifeA springboard to the futureEveryone was there to talk withat my challengeLips held more against worry,shapes for you to see -

  • More Harm Than Good

    More Harm Than Good   I was baptised and brought up in the Catholic faith.  I joined the Ursuline order of nuns when I finished secondary school as I naively thought that I would become a better person and also help others.  At that time, the church was self critical and seemed to want to renew itself. This inspired me to stay within the church as a Catholic nun and be part of a system which I thought would do more good than harm.   Change happened very quickly because it was led from the top down.  I was very excited at first but as the years went on I became more and more disillusioned because changing external things was not changing the core of Christianity and the Catholic church in...

  • More Harm Than Good

    More Harm Than Good   I was baptised and brought up in the Catholic faith.  I joined the Ursuline order of nuns when I finished secondary school as I naively thought that I would become a better person and also help others.  At that time, the church was self critical and seemed to want to renew itself. This inspired me to stay within the church as a Catholic nun and be part of a system which I thought would do more good than harm.   Change happened very quickly because it was led from the top down.  I was very excited at first but as the years went on I became more and more disillusioned because changing external things was not changing the core of Christianity and the Catholic church in...