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Causes: Civil Rights, Disabilities, Disabled Persons Rights

Mission: ADVOCACY IN DEFENSE OF PEOPLE FACING UNWARRANTED PSYCHIATRIC DRUGGING

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Maria Mangicaro

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PsychRights is described as a "public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic legal campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States akin to what Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP mounted in the 40's and 50's on behalf of African American civil rights."

Forced electroshock therapy must be stopped.

It is a treatment left over from the dark ages of psychiatry.

PsychRights is providing a great service by advocating for human rights of individuals who have been labeled and forced into ineffective, harmful treatment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am both a client that has been served by Jim, a friend, and a volunteer, I have also donated to his work, he is a really good guy and a really good friend and a really good person. He has done a lot for those that have been labeled mentally ill. He has put him self at personal risk for all of us, he is an attorney with his own personal practice. I could never commend him highly enough for the work that he has done in the past since I have known him. He is a strong advocate on our behalf, and he fights for all of us not just one of us. Any time he knows a person is willing to struggle for themselves and or others he is willing to bend over backwards to help them in any way he can. I certainly recommend him to anyone.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PsychRights is fighting a worthy, but extremely difficult battle on behalf of those who are suffering from psychiatric abuses. I'd like to see this organization replicated across the country, in law school clinics, and in community nonprofits. The services are very badly needed throughout the country.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a clinical and research psychologist currently at Harvard University and have spent more than a quarter of a century doing research and public education about the many serious problems in the traditional mental health system. PsychRights is irreplaceable and has led the way in activism to improve conditions for those who have been psychiatrically diagnosed, so that they cannot be compelled to take psychiatric drugs. This struggle has become even more compelling now that information about the dangers of these drugs has increasingly (in no small part also due to PsychRights) come to light.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following psychrights for awhile now and am impressed with Jims compassion and expertise in taking on psychiatry.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I co-founded the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) to address the complete failure of the legal system in the United States to protect the rights of people to decline to take counterproductive, harmful, psychiatric drugs, especially the neuroleptics (misbranded as "antipsychotics") such as Seroquel, Zyprexa, Risperdal, Abilify and Haldol.

Based in Alaska where I am able to bring litigation, PsychRights has had a significant impact. It has also helped people in other states, but not having any lawyers available to bring suits in other states has hampered these efforts.