MINDFREEDOM IRELAND PRESS RELEASE

 

PUBLIC ELECTROSHOCK PROTEST.

 

 

A public protest against the controversial psychiatric practice of electroshock will take place in Cork on Saturday, May 7th.

 

It is being organised by MindFreedom Ireland, a Cork based psychiatric survivor group which campaigns against human rights abuse and forced ‘treatments’.

 

During electroshock, an electric current is passed through the brain inducing a grand mal seizure. It is an extremely controversial procedure with proponents claiming it as an essential last resort treatment.  Critics say it causes trauma, brain damage and enduring memory loss, is outdated and dehumanising and call for its total abolition.

 

The most recent figures from The Mental Health Commission show a national increase in the use of electroshock with a 70% increase in the number of programmes administered without consent.

 

A recent amendment to the Mental health Act 2001 removed the word ‘unwilling’ but in leaving the word ‘unable’ effectively left the power to forcefully administer it still in the hands of two psychiatrists.

 

This will be the 8th protest organised by MindFreedom Ireland and takes place between 2pm and 4pm outside Bishop Lucey Park on Grand Parade.  Testimonies on how it affected them will be given by survivors of electroshock.

 

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Jim Maddock,

MindFreedom Ireland,

16, Manor Close,

Thornbury Heights,

Rochestown,

Cork.