Citizens Committee on Human Rights

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State of the art exhibit touring Australia and New Zealand

STATE-OF-THE-ART TOURING EXHIBIT TARGETS PSYCHIATRY AS AN “INDUSTRY OF DEATH”

With public distrust of psychiatry mounting—and government agency warnings about psychiatric drugs at an all-time high—a new exhibit in Sydney shows that it could get much worse.

Industry of Death Exhibit

From Left: Lloyd Wyles, Shelley Wilkins, Singer Kaye Gordon, Simon Harrison and Nazir Gul Dawaar

Denouncing the fact that internationally more than 100,000 patients die each year in psychiatric institutions and an estimated 15,000 prescriptions of antidepressants are written for children under 10 in Australia, the National Office for Australia and New Zealand of the international organisation, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)launched a “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” exhibition on Monday at Darling Harbour.

Simon Harrison, lawyer practicing pharmaceutical litigation, Lloyd Wyles Executive Director of the National Indigenous Human Rights Congress for Australia and Nazir Gul Dawaar, human rights lawyer and medical doctor helped open the exhibit which features 22 display panels that incorporate audio-visual presentations depicting human rights abuses by psychiatry and carry statements from health professionals, academics, legal and human rights experts, and victims of psychiatric brutalities.

The 56.4m (185 feet) long, state-of-the-art exhibit exposes psychiatry as an industry driven entirely by profit. It traces the origins of psychiatry, the role psychiatrists have played in the oppression of blacks and minorities, the roots of their eugenics programs and the pivotal part they played in the Holocaust. It also reveals how children in Australia on psychiatric drugs have suffered heart attacks, strokes, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts. People touring the exhibit today signed a Federal petition calling for black box warnings to be put onto all ADHD drugs warning of the risk of suicide and heart problems.

“The touring exhibit shows psychiatry’s deadly ‘treatments’ in graphic detail,” warns CCHR National Office spokesperson, Shelley Wilkins, who listed out psychosurgery, shock treatment, deadly restraint and the prevalent inhumane conditions of psychiatric facilities, and the forced drugging of children as young as 3 years old. “Most importantly, though, this exhibit provides practical guidance for lawmakers, educators, doctors, human rights advocates and private citizens so they can take action in their own spheres to bring psychiatry to account for their abuses.”

The touring “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” exhibit theme is patterned after a recently opened museum, by the same name, at the Los Angeles headquarters of Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, a psychiatric watchdog group with 300 chapters worldwide. Co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Centre in Syracuse, CCHR investigates and exposes psychiatric violations of human rights.

Shelley Wilkins said, “Our exhibit shows very clearly how, in the name of ‘help,’ psychiatry, in fact, destroys lives.

A sampling of current statistics and facts shown in the exhibit bears this out:

  • 20 million children worldwide are taking psychiatric drugs which can cause suicide, hostility, violence, mania, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and death.
  • In Australia 400 adverse reactions to Ritalin and Dexamphetamine have been reported including a 7 year old on Ritalin trying to run in front of cars and jump off a roof. Other reported side effects include a 5 year old having a stroke and a 7 year old suddenly dying while taking Ritalin.
  • Internationally, psychiatrists kill up to 10,000 people each year with their use of electroshock—up to 460 volts of electricity sent searing through the brain. Three-quarters of all electroshock victims are women. Nearly 16, 000 “treatments” of electroshock were given in Australia in 2004/05.
  • More than 100,000 patients die each year in psychiatric institutions around the world.
  • Psychiatrists are using electroshock, drugs and other barbaric means to torture political dissidents.

Public interested in touring the exhibit can contact The Citizens Committee on Human Rights by e-mail at enquiry@nsw.cchr.org.au or visit www.nsw.cchr.org.au

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The exhibit addresses the following issues and more… Exhibit contents…

Industry of Death Exhibit

No one should stop taking any psychiatric drug without the advice and assistance of a competent medical doctor.