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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.

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...


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...

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

On September 9, 2023 (updated September 20, 2023) Mad in America published Robert Whitaker's MIA Report on the STAR*D fraudulent data scandal. Since then there have been a few updates: September 9, 2023: a...

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 C-7: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying) was introduced in Parliament after it was...


Mad in America has set up a petition on change.org that calls for retraction of the STAR*D article published in the American Journal of Psychiatry that fraudulently reported a cumulative remission rate of 67%...


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

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...


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...


Save the Date! On Friday October 20th and Saturday October 21st, the International Institute for Psychiatric...

Richard Bilkszto: The man who finally wakes up employers to the dangers of workplace bullying?

Richard Bilkszto was a principal with the Toronto District School Board. He died by suicide...

Everyone’s Afraid of an Angry Woman: Honoring Sinéad O’Connor

This article was originally published On August 1, 2023 by Mad in America. Comment from Mad...

A Disorder for Everyone! – The Online Festival 2023

Part of the Workshops that offer non-pathologising approaches collection. A whole day of change-making talks, presentations,...

BBC Panorama – The Antidepressant Story

On June 19 2023, the BBC's Panorama aired a new documentary: The Antidepressant Story. From the...

IN THE GLOBE AND MAIL – Forced psychiatry is expanding – at society’s peril

On June 19, 2023, The Globe and Mail published, his opinion piece, 'Forced psychiatry is...

Fernando de Freitas: A “Dear Friend” Who Was a Warrior for Radical Change

Written by Robert Whitaker and posted to Mad in America on February 3, 2023 Over the...

Personal Narratives


Feb 12. Advance Choice Documents Empower Mental Healthcare Consumers 

“Advance choice documents are especially effective in reducing the significantly higher detention rates for black people with mental illnesses […] [they] can also speed up and improve recovery, and reduce the time spent in hospital […] Advance choice documents are similar to those used in palliative care. Patients work with a healthcare professional when they are well to outline the signs that they are experiencing a manic or psychotic episode, effective treatments, and their personal preferences […] Dr Tania Gergel, a researcher at UCL who is leading on the Advance Choice project, said this would represent a move away from the “paternalistic” model of psychiatry, reflecting that “people have a very good understanding of their illness”. Read more here


Feb 12. WHO Drops Coercive Psychiatry 
Hidden in joint guidelines issued by the WHO together with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, coercive psychiatry is being dropped. This is evident from the fact that all states are called upon to abolish the psychiatric penal system and its forecourt, the assessment of incapacity. Read pp. 111 & 116 here and also read this for context


Feb 8. Mobile Drug Unit Fights Opioid Crisis In Cherokee Nation
Led by Native people, an Oklahoma program provides life-saving supplies and addiction care to remote tribal areas. Read more here

Feb 7. New York Mental Hygiene Program Fails Audit
The city has poured funding into a program to aid severely mentally ill people while doing little to ensure it was getting results, an audit shows […] And it showed that the city agency overseeing the program, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, had not set clear standards to measure its effectiveness despite spending more than $37 million on the initiative last year alone. Read more here.

Feb 6. Reaching Success and Connection Webinar
[On Wed, Feb 21 at 2 – 3:30 ET] This training is designed to share practical strategies and perspectives to support a Peer Specialist to establish healthy boundaries, strengthen their soft skills, and identify proactive ways to engage with co-workers who don’t identify as people in recovery, as well as interact with peer staff that have different perspectives and opinions than oneself. Read more here and register here

Jan 26. Health & Public Interest Seminar
MindFreedom International will continue to host it’s monthly “Judi’s Room” in conjunction with partnering disability rights organization,  “I Love You, Lead On.”  […] The first scheduled Judi’s Room of 2024, put together by a small team of dedicated volunteers, will feature Lance Hicks and Amanda Hill. Read more here and register here

Jan 25. Cost-Effective Solution to The Disabled Question
Bristol council is proposing a “cost-effective” solution: if a disabled person’s in-home care is not considered “best value”, they could be told to live in a care home instead. It is the stuff of a domestic horror movie: a bureaucrat deems your life too expensive, and you’re forced to pack your bags and spend the rest of your days in an institution. Read more here

Other Resources

A list of groups and resources that you may find helpful. Let us know of other resources that we should consider adding. Contact us by email: info@madincanada.org. Thanks!

Mad in America – Mad in America’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care in the United States (and abroad).

The Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry – CEP exists to communicate evidence of the potentially harmful effects of psychiatric drugs to the people and institutions in the UK that can make a difference.

A Disorder 4 Everyone – Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis – creating change. Provides events, blogs and other resources.

Drop the Disorder (Facebook) –  a group for anyone who is interested in challenging traditional approaches to emotional distress.

Intervoice – The International Hearing Voices Network and HVN Canada & Quebec – If you hear voices, HVN can help and is committed to helping people who hear voices. HVN offers information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.

International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (UK) – ISPS UK is the United Kingdom network of the International organisation ISPS – International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis. ISPS works to promote greater knowledge of the different psychological approaches to psychosis and psychotic experiences – psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, arts-based, family and holistic approaches – and their better integration with each other and with pharmaceutical approaches.

The Inner Compass Initiative and Withdrawal Project – provides information, resources, tools, and connecting platforms to facilitate more informed choices regarding all things “mental health”.

International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal – Supports the process of reducing and withdrawing from psychiatric drugs through practice, research and training.

MindFreedom International – A not-for-profit human rights organization that unites sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with individual members.

The Power Threat Meaning Framework – Towards the identification of patterns in emotional distress, unusual experiences and troubled or troubling behaviour, as an alternative to functional psychiatric diagnosis.

A free-to-use guide to the healing of psychological trauma is available. It comprises information, approaches to healing and resources together with links to selected clinicians, organisations, projects and support groups. Download the pdf here: Healing Psychological Trauma