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When Tapering Antidepressants, is Going Slow Always the Best Strategy?

I start this blog with an apology. There may be people reading who, like myself, look back with frustration and despair that they cannot...

Bell Let’s Talk: Are These “New Conversations” Helpful?

January 26th is Bell Let’s Talk Day. From the Bell Let’s Talk website: "In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk began a new conversation about Canada’s...

Medical Assistance in Dying for ‘Mental disorders’: Fatally flawed without expertise of service users/survivors

Now that people suffering exclusively from mental distress will be eligible for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) from April, 2023, the debate has shifted...

There’s a Fundamental Flaw in Mental Health Care in Canada

Mad in Canada launched on June 1st. We’re just over a month old. Reflection on the mission we share with Mad in America and...

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,...

Will We Wake for Pity’s Sake

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. While antidepressants, and other psychotropic, mind altering medications, are designed to decrease...

BBC Panorama – The Antidepressant Story

On June 19 2023, the BBC's Panorama aired a new documentary: The Antidepressant Story. From the BBC website: In the UK, around one in seven now...

On “knowing,” activism and writing: Remembering Graeme Bacque

  We owe a debt of gratitude to activists who over the years have written, recorded, created art and cultural work that exemplifies how, when,...

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 expanding - at society's peril'. From Rob's piece in the...

The Ethics of Psychiatry

A government cannot legitimately own its citizens' bodies. Yet, under British Columbia’s (BC) Mental Health Act the BC government, not to mention governments around...

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, conversations, poetry etc challenging the culture of diagnosis and...

SAVE THE DATE! IIPDW Conference

Save the Date! On Friday October 20th and Saturday October 21st, the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal will hold its 3rd conference on withdrawal...

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...

NEW VIDEO: Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome & its Management

The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal has released a new video: 'Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome & its Management" From the IIPDW: Stevie Lewis is a campaigner and...

No evidence of a chemical imbalance in depression

The serotonin theory of depression: a systematic umbrella review of the evidence. Joanna Moncrieff and 5 colleagues undertook a systematic umbrella review of evidence aimed...

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...

Honoring Jane Whittington: 1950-2021

It’s with great sadness that I am writing of the sudden and unexpected passing of my former husband and best friend Jane. Many of...

The ERNI Declaration: Making Sense of Distress Without “Disease”

The ERNI (Emotions aRe Not Illnesses) declaration is based on the idea that distress does not equate to disease, dysfunction, dysregulation, or chemical imbalance....

23rd Annual ISEPP Conference October 9-10, 2021

Notice of the 23rd Annual ISEPP Conference "The Destructive Propaganda of the Mental Health Industry: How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going?" on...

Why We Need a National Organization

“We become aware of the void as we fill it.” ― Antonio Porchia I have been privileged! At the mere age of 22 with lots...

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...

Personality disorders? Please, tell us what you really think.

This week on Twitter, there was an uproar in response to a UK Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPUK) advertisement for a course on ‘personality...

Antipsychotics Often Prescribed Without Informed Consent

This article was written by Samantha Lilly and originally published by Mad in America, March 23, 2022 New research reveals that patients are often not...

Freedom To Be – Herstory Writing Workshop

Freedom To Be A 15-week Herstory Writing Workshop for those harmed by being labelled BPD, hosted by Rebecca Donaldson & The Herstory Writing Network. When: Sundays,...

Shamanic Approaches to Dis-Ease: Working with the Whole Person

The shamanic practitioner approaches illness, or “dis-ease” from a spiritual perspective. The focus is not on treating a condition, but on working with the...

“Global Psychiatry’s Crisis of Values”

American psychiatrist Awais Aftab, leads the series 'Conversations in Critical Psychiatry' for Psychiatric Times. His June 3rd installment, an interview with Dainius Pūras, MD,...

Mental Health Advocacy and Activism: Perspectives from Living Experience-Based Practices

From Mad in America Continuing Education Thursday, September 23rd, 2021. 1pm Eastern, 12pm Central, 11am Mountain, 10 am Pacific Participants will be introduced to highlights of...

Thomas Insel Makes A Case for Abolishing Psychiatry

Thomas Insel’s book Healing: Our Path From Mental Illness to Mental Health is getting a fair amount of media attention, which could be expected...

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

The American Journal of Psychiatry Needs to Retract Study That Reported Fraudulent Results By Robert Whitaker, published...

Rethinking Psychiatry …. Robert Whitaker Speaks in Montreal

Robert Whitaker, founder and president of Mad in America, gave a public lecture at Concordia University on November 10th. 'Rethinking Psychiatry: How the Failure to...