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Sunday, 25, February, 2024

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

PETITION TO RETRACT FRAUDULENT STAR*D REPORT

Mad in America has set up a petition on change.org that calls for retraction of the STAR*D article published in the American...

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...

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 donation only event to ensure that it is as...

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...

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

Richard Bilkszto was a principal with the Toronto District School Board. He died by suicide on July 13th. He was just 60 years old. According...

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 in Canada: Karin Jervert, Arts Editor with Mad in America,...

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...

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...

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...

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 past decade, the call for radical change in psychiatry...

Announcing Oral History Collection on Mental Health Activists in Manitoba

Stories are us.  Finding ourselves in history, we figure out who we are and where we belong and how what we do fits with...

Kassi’s Mom

Thank you for having me. I walk around angry, jaded and bitter. I am not religious but I have begged bargained and negotiated with...

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,...

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...

Responses to the ‘No Chemical Imbalance Study’: A Long-awaited Watershed Moment?

Initial reactions to the 20 July publication of the Moncrieff et al. study have included widespread media coverage in some places, and the metaphorical...

Loss, Grief, and Betrayal: Psychiatric Survivors Reflect on the Impact of New Serotonin Study

Loss, grief, and a sense of betrayal are felt deeply by many who have been affected by the myth of the chemical imbalance—a myth...

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...

Queer and Trans Madness: Struggles for Social Justice

This book puts Mad Studies and activism in conversation with queer and trans activism and resistance. When I first came across what would eventually...

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...

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...

BC Government’s Quest to Halt Charter Challenge to BC’s Unconstitutional Mental Health Act Continues...

From the Community Legal Assistance Society of BC:  "Today, the government of British Columbia is continuing its five-year campaign to prevent the courts from...

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...

How are we doing?

We’re 21 months and counting into this global pandemic. And just when we think we’re getting close to the end, this wicked virus dumps...