Monday, 22, July, 2024

A catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care, scientific research
and social justice across Canada. 

Welcome to Mad in Canada!

Mad in Canada is one of a growing group of Mad in America’s Mad in the World Network.

We believe the current paradigm of mental health care has failed our society and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change.

Mad in Canada is dedicated to providing a forum for progressive writing which reconsiders the public discourse on mental health in Canada.

Part 1: Neurodiversity—What Exactly Does It Mean?

Mad in America and Mad in the UK are jointly publishing a four-part series on neurodiversity over the next four weeks. The series was edited by Mad in the UK editors, and authored by...

Electroconvulsive Therapy Survey | John Read | Madness Radio

First Aired by Madness Radio on July 11, 2024 Survey of people who have had electroshock (electroconvulsive Therapy/ECT) – for patients, family, and friends. John Read, survey researcher and professor at University of East London, is...

Liquids and Tapering Strips: Formulations in Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

On June 28th, The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW) is hosting a webinar. Liquids & Tapering Strips: Formulations in Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal The what, why and how of smaller-dose formulations in psychiatric drug withdrawal. Online,...

Research Study Opportunity – ECT

ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY (ECT) RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL ONLINE SURVEY If you are at least 18 years old and have had ECT, other than the last 4 weeks, you are invited to take part in an...

“Empire of Normality: neurodiversity and capitalism” a review: The Empire Has No Clothes

From Mad in the UK: In his book Empire of Normality, UK philosopher Robert Chapman, who identifies as “proudly neurodivergent and disabled”, linked today’s critics of psychiatry to an earlier “antipsychiatry” movement led by...

FROM CBC NEWS: Ont. doctors’ college orders Toronto pediatrician to undergo ‘further education’ on...

Woman who suffered severe withdrawal symptoms should not have been prescribed it, assessor finds Tara Carman, journalist with CBC news writes: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has expressed concern about the prescribing and...

Good-bye to Christy Huff, MD

On March 5th the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition announced the death of Dr. Christy Huff, MD.  Christy was a cardiologist and the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition's Medical Director. She was also a person who had lived experience...

Benzodiazepines in Canada: Is a Withdrawal Crisis Looming?

On February 15th, Radio-Canada’s Enquête aired ‘Cauchemar sur ordonnance’ (translation: Nightmare on prescription), a documentary about the dangers of benzodiazepines and z-hypnotics. Enquête’s description: Des pilules pour se calmer ou pour dormir, on en retrouve dans...

New Canadian Benzodiazepine Documentary – AIRS FEBRUARY 15th!

Radio-Canada's Enquête presents "Cauchemar Sur Ordonnance" (Season 17: Episode 17) The episode's title translates to 'prescription nightmare' in French, and it will focus on the problem of benzodiazepine overprescription and harm. Nicole Lamberson, Medicating Normal's Head...

ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY (ECT) STUDY

RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL ONLINE SURVEY If you are at least 18 years old and have had ECT, other than the last 4 weeks, you are invited to take part in an anonymous online...

Video Presentation – ‘The Science and Art of Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs’

Inner Compass Initiative is pleased to share a video recording of a recent live event.  ‘The Science and Art of Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs’. This video encapsulates what ICI is all about. In their presentations, Danish...

PETITION – World Tapering Org

World Tapering Org (www.worldtaperingday.org) is launching a global petition to make stopping antidepressants and other psych meds/drugs safer.  WTO is calling for: - better guidelines for tapering antidepressants and other psych meds/drugs, - providing physicians with practical...

BLOGS

Essays from a diverse selection of writers, which aim to change the professional and public discourse about emotional distress and unusual experiences.

FROM CBC NEWS: Ont. doctors’ college orders Toronto pediatrician to undergo ‘further education’ on breastfeeding drug

Woman who suffered severe withdrawal symptoms should not have been prescribed it, assessor finds Tara Carman,...

Good-bye to Christy Huff, MD

On March 5th the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition announced the death of Dr. Christy Huff, MD.  Christy...

Benzodiazepines in Canada: Is a Withdrawal Crisis Looming?

On February 15th, Radio-Canada’s Enquête aired ‘Cauchemar sur ordonnance’ (translation: Nightmare on prescription), a documentary...

New Canadian Benzodiazepine Documentary – AIRS FEBRUARY 15th!

Radio-Canada's Enquête presents "Cauchemar Sur Ordonnance" (Season 17: Episode 17) The episode's title translates to 'prescription...

ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY (ECT) STUDY

RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL ONLINE SURVEY If you are at least 18 years old and...

Video Presentation – ‘The Science and Art of Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs’

Inner Compass Initiative is pleased to share a video recording of a recent live event.  ‘The...

PETITION – World Tapering Org

World Tapering Org (www.worldtaperingday.org) is launching a global petition to make stopping antidepressants and other...

STAR*D UPDATES: Petition for Retraction of STAR*D Summary Article Submitted to AJP Editor Ned Kalin, M.D.

On September 9, 2023 (updated September 20, 2023) Mad in America published Robert Whitaker's MIA...

MAID and Mental Illness: An interview with Dr. Jeffrey Kirby

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) became legal in Canada in June 2016. In October 2020, Bill...

PETITION TO RETRACT FRAUDULENT STAR*D REPORT

Mad in America has set up a petition on change.org that calls for...

The STAR*D Scandal: Scientific Misconduct on a Grand Scale

The American Journal of Psychiatry Needs to Retract Study That Reported Fraudulent...

A Disorder for Everyone – Online Festival 2023

A Disorder for Everyone! - The Online Festival 2023 Friday September 22nd, 9am-8pm GMT https://youtu.be/2Mlw_GTN17o?si=pDrPmpcwORIU_8Xc   This is a...

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