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Big Pharma Funding Biases Drug Trials in Favour of a Sponsor's Product: Review

Drug and device trial studies that are sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry…

Perth mental health experts call for closure of seclusion rooms

Mental health experts are calling for an end to the use of seclusion rooms at WA…

Big Spike in Children on ADHD Drugs as Argument Rages Over Whether They Are Over-prescribed

The number of young West Australian children on ADHD medication has rebounded…

Study Finds Drugs Commonly Used to Treat Delirium Unhelpful, May Hasten Death in Patients

Strong drugs used to treat elderly patients with a common condition called delirium…

Feral Psychiatry: More on the Garth Daniels Case

It stated "40-year-old Daniels has spent about fourteen of the…

Stigma Will Stay Until Mental Health Is No Longer a Disease

As Chris Tanti of headspace states (Letters, June 26), stigma for those experiencing problems in…

Ritalin Linked Higher Heart Disease Risk

Ritalin linked higher heart disease risk The controversial hyperactivity drug Ritalin has…

The Great ADHD Debate

A special Weekend Sunrise forum discuss the ongoing controversy surrounding ADHD. Click here to read the full…

Antidepressants Not as Effective as Previously Thought, Say Doctors

Australian doctors are being urged to scale back their…

Improvements in the Qld Mental Health Act

The new Qld Mental Health bill has been passed in Parliament. There have been many different draft mental health acts/white-papers…

Doctor Warns of ADHD Medication Misuse From Over Diagnosis

A Newcastle researcher says the overuse of psycho-stimulants to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),…

Kids on Antidepressants May Self-harm

Children who are prescribed a common antidepressant could be at a higher risk of suicide and…

Shocking Statistics Reveal Children as Young as Two Are Using Antidepressants

More than 26,000 under the age of 16 are being prescribed…

Mental Health Experts Call for Greater Monitoring of Restraint Techniques

Mental health experts are calling for greater monitoring of the use of restraints, both…

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…

The New Queensland Mental Health Draft Bills Will Allow For Children Of Any Age To Consent To Electroshock & Psychosurgery Without Parental Consent

Forced drugging, restraints & seclusion of children without the need for parental consent is set to remain legal. Please Urgently Take…

No Parental Consent Needed for Electroshock of NSW Children

Please take action to protect children and parental rights. ELECTROSHOCK OF NSW CHILDREN:  It is appalling that the current Mental Health…

Antidepressants and Suicide Risk

An Australian team of lawyers is preparing a compensation claim against antidepressant drugs. Click here to read the…

British Medical Journal Study Into Paroxetine, Aropax, Reveals Suicide Risk

Thousands of prescriptions of a dangerous depression drug that may cause…

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…

New Royal Adelaide Hospital Mental Health Unit Promises End to Shackling in Sa Emergency Departments

Mental health patients might no longer be shackled in emergency departments in South…

The Queensland Mental Health Act Is Under Review & New Proposals Will Allow For Children Of Any Age To Consent To Electroshock & Psychosurgery Without Parental Consent

Forced drugging, restraint & seclusion of children without the need for any parental consent is set to remain legal. Please urgently…

Shock Therapy Figures Spiking

The use of shock therapy to treat…

What Really Goes on at Headspace

But headspace has failed me, and I know it has failed others. At my first…

Fears of Long-term Effects of Anti-psychotic Drugs Being Prescribed to Preschoolers

The number of NSW preschoolers being prescribed antipsychotic drugs has…

ACCC Authorises Medicines Australia Code Subject to Strengthening Individual Reporting

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is requiring Medicines Australia to strengthen its public reporting as a…

Headspace: 'mcdonaldisation' of Youth Mental Healthcare a Ticking Time Bomb

Leading mental health experts have called on the Prime…

More Kids on Anti-psychotics

The number of WA children on anti-psychotic medication has risen…

Brain Damaging Effects of Electroshock: The Facts

Electroshock (ECT) is the application of up to hundreds of volts of electricity sent searing through the brain to induce…

Risks of Sleeping With Seroquel and Other Psychiatric Drugs

A worrying trend has emerged in the treatment of regular sleep…

Psychiatrist Can’t Practise in Australia Until 2017 After NZ Sex Case

An ex-Queensland hospital psychiatrist, who was struck off in New Zealand for having…

Increase in Number of ADHD Children Prescribed Drugs That Do ‘more Harm Than Good’

A surge in the number of children aged six and under on ADHD medications…

The New Queensland Mental Health Act is Now Currently Before Parliament. It Allows for Children of Any Age to be Given Electroshock

Forced drugging, restraint & seclusion of children without the need for any parental consent remains legal. Please take action before 5pm…

New NSW Mental Health Act Just Passed in Parliament Violates the UN Convention on Torture

The new NSW Mental Health Act was passed on 19th November 2014. While the ban on psychosurgery for all ages…

Anti-psychotic Medication Overprescribed to Australian Children, Experts Say

New figures have revealed the scale of how many Australian children are being given…

Electroshock Set To Remain Legal For Children In New NSW Mental Health Act Which Could Be Passed Into Law As Early as the Third Week of November 2014

The NSW Mental Health Act has been under review and despite the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this year reporting that…

Rise in Abuse of Disabled, Elderly and Mentally Ill

Hundreds of elderly, disabled and mentally ill Victorians are believed to…

Psychiatric Care May Up Suicide Risk

The more psychiatric care an adult receives, the more likely they are to…

Why Are Our Toddlers Being Prescribed Antipsychotic Drugs?

Children under the age of four are being prescribed antipsychotic drugs in…

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…

Ong Ming Tan Jailed for Abusing Trust of Psychiatric Patients

A psychiatrist who abused the trust of four young women with eating disorders…

Mental Health Watchdogs Fear Power May Be Diluted

The state's volunteer watchdogs who investigate abuses of…

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…

Why Are Mentally-ill Children Tied Up and Tormented?

A new report is warning Aussie kids in psychiatric care are suffering…

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…

Call to Ban Hospitals Using Physical Restraint on Kids

A mental health commissioner is urging the Napthine government to…

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…

WA Government Memo Shows Electro-shock Therapy Laws to Go Ahead

Controversial laws that will allow teenagers to consent to electro-shock therapy and…

Suicide Link to ADHD Drug

A nine-year-old boy has killed himself and two other…

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…

Three Tables for $100k? That's Good Value, Says the Government

The ACT government spent almost $100,000 on three…

Alone in a Living Hell

Julie Dempsey has been to a place from which some have never returned. Governments…

New Psychiatry Manual, DSM5, Reclassifies Previously Normal Behaviours as Illnesses

Screaming toddlers could be classified as having a mental illness and…

Sexual Assault Rife in Psychiatric Hospitals: Report

Shocking new statistics have exposed a dark truth about the experiences of women in psychiatric care. A…

Suffering Caused by Seclusion Never Ceases

Catherine Jones' experience of seclusion as a mental health inpatient suggests the practice is far…

Mentally Ill Children Locked Up Alone

Children with mental illness are more likely to be held…

Vic Nurses Ignored Instructions: Inquest

Nurses caring for a Victorian man who hanged himself in a psychiatric facility did not…

Deep Sleep Treatment and Chelmsford Hospital

"The NSW Public Interest Advocacy Centre is celebrating its 30 years of advocacy, including its support of 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…

Push to Reveal Fees Paid to Doctors

A proposed revision to the pharmaceutical industry's code of conduct requires pharma companies to reveal total payments to doctors, but…

Tragedy Within the Mental Health System

A family want to know why their son was able to take his life within hours of arriving at Graylands…

Doctors Could Face Prison Over Drug Prescriptions

A leading expert in law for the elderly says some health professionals could face legal action and even prison, following…

19,000 Kids Use Rejected 'unsafe' ADHD Drug Concerta

AN ADHD drug rejected for a government subsidy because of "uncertain safety" in adults is being subsidised for children and…

79% Of Australian Children On Antipsychotics Are Prescribed Risperidone, A Drug At The Centre Of Multi-Billion Dollar Lawsuits

GPs were trained with Pharmaceutical Company-Funded "Early Psychosis" Training Pack—Now they prescribe 72% of all antipsychotics An extraordinary 79% of 2-16…

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: An Industry of Death 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

FORMER Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry has aborted a controversial trial of antipsychotic drugs on children as young as…

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…

US Expert Slams Patrick McGorry's Psychosis Model

Patrick McGorry's model of early diagnosis of psychosis, favoured by the federal government and the Coalition in their mental-health policies,…

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…

Australian Draft Federal ADHD Guidelines

Get informed and take action while these are still a draft! Read about the new guidelines that could cause public health…

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