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SA Children can be Forcibly Drugged, Restrained, Secluded & Electroshocked

The SA Mental Health Act is under review. Now is the time to stop these psychiatric human rights abuses…

Restraint & Seclusion of Children and Electroshock of Children Over 14 Years are Legal in Western Australia

The WA Mental Health Act is under review. Now is the time to change this. The WA Mental Health Act allows…

Electroshock, Restraint & Seclusion of Children is Legal in Victoria

The Victorian law that allows psychiatrists to electroshock, restrain, seclude and forcibly drug children is under review. These torturous practices…

Electroshock is Torture

With the World Health Organization’s 10 June 2021 guidelines, comes a damning indictment of Psychiatry’s “coercive practices” including the administering…

Call for better consumer warnings

A WA Member of Parliament has called for stronger consumer…

Sertraline and microscopic colitis

Australia’s drug regulatory agency has issued a warning for the antidepressant sertraline…

CCHR Testifies at Govt Inquiry into Lake Alice Electroshock Torture of Hundreds of Children & Acknowledged as Heroes for Exposing This

300 NZ children were tortured with electroshock at Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital between 1972…

Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital: Shock therapy like 'state organs of terror', inquiry told

The electroshock of children and adolescents at Lake Alice psychiatric hospital…

Torturous Electroshock in Australia

With the World Health Organization’s 10 June 2021 guidelines, comes a damning indictment of Psychiatry’s “coercive practices” including the administering…

Psychiatric Abuse: To The Age

Psychiatric abuse is rife in Australia, but psychiatrists like Patrick McGorry and Ian Hickie are trying to silence their…

World Health Organization says restraint causes death

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released guidelines that lash out against coercive psychiatric practices including the use of restraint,…

Incorrect prescriptions linked to 91 per cent increase in hospitalisations for older Australians, research finds

An Australian review led by Deakin University warned that there were adverse outcomes for…

WA in the dark on ADHD drug use after government quietly stops reporting

West Australians are in the dark on the prevalence of amphetamines being prescribed by…

This is not an overdose

  The night before Isaac…

$340,000 fine over Victorian psychiatric patient’s suicide

Two days after Peter Nolan, aged 75, was admitted to a Broadmeadows mental…

CCHR Hails Australia’s Study of Antidepressant Link to Youth Suicide

Australia’s national drug regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the equivalent to the U.S. Food and…

Proposal that Headspace stop receiving $163 m without proving their worth

An Australian federal Inquiry into Mental Health’s Final Report correctly proposes that headspace…

Regulator Announces Antidepressants and Youth Suicide Investigation

Australia's national drug regulator has announced it will analyse hospital and…

CCHR Honours Co-founder Dr Thomas Szasz’s Legacy Against Coercive Psychiatry

Iconic professor of psychiatry and CCHR’s co-founder Dr Thomas Szasz’s work is recognised across the world…

Young distressed Australians put at ultra- high- risk of stigma by $33m pre-psychosis drug research

Psychiatrist Patrick McGorry’s Orygen youth mental health research organisation has been given…

CCHR: Drugs, Electroshock to 0-17 Year-Olds and Pregnant Women Needs Urgent Change

CCHR, concerned that children face motor skill failure, psychosis, suicide,…

New Study Finds Antipsychotics Don’t Prevent but Actually Cause Psychosis

A study published in the July 2020 edition of the Australian & New…

Group Warns Parents that Eugenics is Being Repackaged as "Mental Health Care"

Rev. Fred Shaw, a CCHR spokesman in the US, warns parents to be alert…

The Brave New World of Artificial Intelligence in Mental Health

Mental health screening and surveillance of apps, social media and phones are being…

Health Minister orders review after study links antidepressants and youth suicide

Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked his department to review the…

New study shows dexamphetamine misuse among WA teens ‘common’

The misuse of prescription amphetamine or ‘dexies’ is common among WA teens, according to…

Xanax still being overprescribed despite policy changes

Patients are still being prescribed hundreds of Xanax tablets a year…

A warning for 1.5 million Australians on benzodiazepines

The Australia Bureau of Statistics have reported that benzodiazepines used by more than…

What to expect as Victoria's mental health royal commission wraps up

Was the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health…

Electroconvulsive therapy given without proper authorisation at Royal Darwin Hospital

A young Aboriginal women has been given electroshock involuntarily. Electroshock is…

READERS’ LETTERS: ADHD drugs regime is not helping children

Are children being treated for “ADHD” and given potentially dangerous “ADHD” drugs by psychiatrists for normal…

Letters from Generation Rx

  This powerful film explores the science behind antidepressants, their effects on the brain and…

Submission to the Productivity Commission

Australia’s Productivity Commission is currently doing an investigation into spending on mental health including how effective the money spent on…

Victorian Royal Commission on Mental Health

Take Action to Stop Psychiatric Abuse The Royal Commission has been given the task to inquire into and report on how…

Are Psychiatric Drugs Improving Australia’s Mental Health Care?

Should Asia follow Australia’s actions? On 21st to 24th Feb 2019, Sydney is hosting the 7th World Congress of Asian Psychiatry…

Spike in number of Australian children put on antipsychotic drugs

The number of Australian children on potentially dangerous antipsychotics is increasing. These drugs are…

Court rules forced 'shock therapy' a breach of human rights

ABC News, 1 Nov 2018 The Victorian Supreme Court has said that orders forcing 2 patients to undergo…

Sydney Exhibit Is No-holds Barred Look at Psychiatry’s Human Rights Abuses

Electroshock Still Legal for Use on NSW Children with Exhibit Amping Up Public Awareness Campaign On Thursday 13th September a chillingly…

Are Psychiatric Drugs, Documented to Cause Violence behind the Shooting of Six Members of the Same Family at Margaret River?

Are Psychiatric Drugs, Documented to Cause Violence behind the Shooting of Six Members…

Grandfather forced to undergo ECT before 'preventable' death

An Australian grandfather was given hundreds of electroshocks before he died. Victorian…

Sweeping mental health reforms in NSW announced after Miriam Merten's death

As a result of Miriam Merten’s death from brain injury after repeatedly…

Mentally Ill WA Kids Still Put in Solitude

WA children are still being put into seclusion and physically restrained in…

NSW Dad's Antidepressant Warning After Eight-year-old Son Tries to Take His Life

A father takes action to warn other parents about the potential dangers of…

Antipsychotic Drugs, Restraints and Seclusion: Mental Health Treatments Raising Concerns

A Melbourne woman describes what it is like to be on antipsychotics…

Are Psychiatric Drugs, Documented to Cause Violence Behind the Flinders Street Car Ramming?

As the details of the horrific Flinders Street ramming attack have unfolded, it seems that “random” acts of violence are…

Sexual Abuse in Victoria's Mental Health Wards Is Bad and Getting Worse

A victim of child abuse checked herself into a psychiatric unit at Melbourne’s…

Rhonda gets justice for state's "worst case of child abuse"

Rhonda Trivett finally receives the phone call regarding the apology she had…

Brutal Rise in Electroshock

Whilst most people are under the impression that electroshock therapy (ECT) is banned in Australia because the mere idea of…

Supreme Court Hears Arguments for Bendigo Woman Challenging Forced Electro-shock Therapy

A Victorian woman is challenging the order for her to be given electroshock…

Over 16,000 Australian Children Prescribed Antipsychotics

A total of 16,570 toddlers, children and teenagers under 17 were prescribed…

Release of Australian Documentary about Psychiatric Drugs

Due to skyrocketing numbers of children on antidepressants CCHR has released a documentary titled, Psychiatry Friend or Foe? The Untold…

Improvements in the Qld Mental Health Act?

The new Queensland Mental Health Act came into force on the 5th March 2017 after it had been under review…

Psychiatric Labelling and Drugging of Australian Children: The Facts

There has been a dramatic increase in the psychiatric labelling and prescription of antidepressants, antipsychotics and ADHD drugs to Australian…

Electroshock of Children in Victorian Mental Health Act

Below are areas of grave concern in the current Victorian Mental Health Act that need to be changed to protect…

Has Your Son or a Boy You Know Taken Risperdal®?

CCHR asks for parents to come forward about sons who may be suffering a serious, antipsychotic drug side effect: growth…

CCHR’s Submission on Child Suicide

There have been over 1,100 adverse reactions reported to Australia's drug regulatory agency for suicide, suicidal thoughts and behaviour and…

Is Victorian Psychiatry Planning To Use Children Under 16 as Guinea Pigs by Allowing Them to Consent To Experimental Psychosurgery in the New Mental Health Act ?

Illegal for mental illness in NSW and the NT, Victorian psychiatrists want to be able to cut into the brains…

New WA Mental Health Bill currently before parliament will erode children and parental rights

14 year olds can agree to electroshock and 16 year olds to psychosurgery, both without parental consent! The WA Mental Health…

New Vic Mental Health Act just lodged in Parliament will not Ban Electroshock or Psychosurgery on Children

Children will be able to agree to electroshock and psychosurgery without parental consent ! The Victorian Mental Health Act has been…

Torturous Electroshock in Children Set to Remain Legal in the Victorian Mental Health Act to go Before Victorian Parliament this Week

The controversial Victorian Mental Health Act is expected to go before Parliament this week with the torturous use of electroshock…

Back to the Dark Ages - Psychiatry’s Cutting and Inserting Electrodes into the Brain Legal in the New WA Mental Health Act for 16 Year Olds

Illegal for mental illness in NSW and the NT, Western Australian psychiatrists want to be able to barbarically cut 16…

Psychiatrys Use of Brutal Restraint in Children Set to Remain Legal in the WA Mental Health Act

With the call for the ban of physical restraint in young children this week by National Mental Health Commissioner, Ms…

New WA Mental Health Bill Just Lodged in Parliament Will Erode Children and Parental Rights

14 year olds can agree to electroshock and 16 year olds to psychosurgery, both without parental consent! The WA Mental Health…

United Nations Expresses Concern Regarding Australia's Over-Prescription of ADD and ADHD Drugs to Children

In June 2012, Australia was before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) regarding the…

Psychiatrist Lists DSM ten most potentially harmful changes

"This is the saddest moment in my 45 year career of studying, practicing, and teaching psychiatry. The Board of Trustees…

Read New Dawn Magazine review of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders :Psychiatry’s Deadliest Scam documentary

The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM) is an ever-growing manual used to diagnosis mental illness. It began with three entries…

DSM: Psychiatry’s Deadliest Scam From Bushranger to Shopper, We’re All “Ill”

If Australia's famous bushranger Ned Kelly was alive today, psychiatrists would most likely label him with "oppositional defiant disorder." In…

Exhibition in Melbourne on Modern Day Mental Health - What is the truth ?

With over 15,000 Mental Health Prescriptions Written Every Day in Victoria, a State of the Art Exhibit Exposes the Truth…

Children able to consent to sterilisation and 12 year olds to consent to psychosurgery and electroshock without any parental consent in W.A.

The W.A. Mental Health Act is under review and the above are included in proposals of the draft bill. Please…

Melbourne Symposium on Youth Mental Health - “Transition into Adulthood” Conflicts of Interest putting millions of children’s lives at risk?

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Inaugural Symposium on Youth Mental Health to be held in…

Australia’s “Draft Ten Year Roadmap for Mental Health Reform”

Rife with Conflicts of Interest and Could Lead to More Children Being "Pre-Drugged" Please take action and provide feedback to federal…

Alarming Federal Mental Health Commission Potential Conflicts of Interest Could lead to More Children on Mind Altering Drugs

The statistics are alarming - nearly 89,000 Australian children under 16 are on ADHD drugs, antidepressants and antipsychotics (4,429 aged…

New Australian Clinical Practice Points (CPPs) on ADHD could see Children Removed from their Parents if they Refuse to “Treat their Child’s ADHD”

An extremely concerning statement in the CPPs on ADHD indicates that Australia could now be following the US model where…

Urgent Call For Independent National Mental Health Investigation In Response To Victorian Abuses

With a government ordered investigation in progress to address horrific conditions exposed in Victorian psychiatric hospitals, CCHR is calling for…

Psychiatry: A Human Rights Abuse and Failure Exhibit

The exhibit addresses the following issues and more. Origins of Torture: The "Father of American Psychiatry" set the scene for the…

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…

Rising Rate of ADHD Drugs for Kids Like Ritalin

Children as young as two are increasingly being prescribed powerful stimulant drugs like Ritalin for "ADHD." 2,406 Australian children younger…

Alarm as More Kids on Antidepressants

"Alarm as more kids on anti-depressants" Herald Sun, 30 May 2011, read the full article on the Herald Sun website. Download…

Vic Psychiatric Deaths, Cover-up Warrant Royal Commission

Chief Psychiatrist's Investigation a Red Herring A national mental health watchdog says that with $1 billion spent on Victoria's mental health…

Psychiatrist Patrick McGorry Aborts Controversial Drug Trial on Kids Amid Protests

The Age newspaper reported: "FORMER Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry has…

World Congress of Asian Psychiatry: A Psycho-Pharmaceutical Feeding Frenzy

Twenty drug companies are helping sponsor the 3rd World Congress of Asian Psychiatry held in Melbourne this week, as Asia…

Does Successful Child Rearing Include A Cocktail Of Mind-Altering Stimulants, Antidepressants & Antipsychotics?

Transparency and conflicts of interest in the May 2011 Mental Health in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescent Conference, Perth. The theme of…

CCHR Calls For Full Transparency and Accountability in the Budget Call for $3.5 Billion for Mental Health

Citizens Committee on Human Rights (CCHR) Australia have called for full accountability of government funding as calls for increased mental…

Conflicts of interest not revealed in call for $3.5 billion more for mental health funding

While "The Independent Mental Health Reform Group" called for an extra $3.5 billion to be spent on mental health in…

Psychiatric Drugs Harm Minds & Potential

While the Mind and its Potential Conference being held in Sydney is discussing the "extraordinary capacity of the brain to…

Australasian Schizophrenia Conference

With Australia's Toddlers and Children Already Exposed to Antipsychotic Drug Risks, How Informed are Parents? Download this article as a PDF There…

Psychiatrists Admit They Created The Euthanasia Program

Psychiatrists Admit They Created the Euthanasia Program and Ideology That Fueled Hitler's Holocaust It is cold, hard documented fact that German…

ADHD drugs can Permanently Increase Blood Pressure

CCHR Calls for Australian Draft ADHD Guidelines to be Scrapped: Landmark Study Shows ADHD drugs can Permanently Increase Blood Pressure The release…

Call for Accountability of Funds Given for Mental Health

Mental Health Group Wants Funding Directed to Non-invasive Methods and Parents Informed of Alternatives Mental Health watchdog the Citizens Committee on…

Full Transparency of Conflicts of Interest Needed at Youth Mental Health Conference

While British experts condemn "Psychosis Risk" labelling of youths as dangerous Mental Health watchdog Citizens Committee on Human Rights called for…

The Brave New World of Pre-Drugging Kids: Patrick McGorry & Psychosis Risk Syndrome

Imagine being a parent taking your 10-year-old daughter to the doctor where she gasps for air and suddenly dies in…

CCHR Documentary Warning About Psychiatric Drug Risks Wins Two Telly Awards

The Marketing of Madness: Are We All Insane? recognised for "social responsibility." The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) documentary, The…

Antipsychotic Drugs Cause Life-Threatening Condition & Death

CCHR obtained Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) regarding antipsychotics from the Therapeutic Goods Administration that shows of the 477 deaths linked…

First Long Term Antidepressant Study Shows Fivefold Risk of Youth Suicide Compared to General Population

Latest TGA Reports Reveal 18 Youth Suicides and Attempted Suicides The first long-term study of antidepressants causing suicide in youths confirms…

New ADHD Guidelines Selling Australian Children Down The Drug Drain

Documentary Exposes the Truth about the Psychotropic Drugs. The new federal ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) guidelines warning doctors not to…

New Federal ADHD Guidelines Halted due to Undisclosed Drug Company Connections of US Psychiatrist

Call for Full Disclosure of Australian Committee Members Vested Interests. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Draft ADHD Guidelines have been…

Psychiatric Drugs and Violence Report

CCHR Australia’s National Office has released a report titled, Psychiatric Drugs and Violence. The report recommends: That the Therapeutic Goods Administration must…

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