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June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

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.

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There is increasing support and interest in this nonprofit.

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Spread the word.

June 11, 2011

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June 11, 2011

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

some of his campaigns that he has been involved in in the past, he has also helped me meet a lot of good people, and sent me some good books to read in the past which have helped me to understand him and his work better.

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I wouldn't make any changes, I think the people that he helps could if they were in a position try to help him more, he does a lot of good things for a lot of different people.

June 9, 2011

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June 9, 2011

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.

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PsychRights helps to stop the drugging of children.

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I'd like to see PsychRights replicated throughout the country.

June 9, 2011

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June 9, 2011

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.

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...providing both information about dangers of drugs and inspiration to psychiatric survivors who do not want to be forced to take them.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it bigger, open one in every region of the U.S.

June 9, 2011

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June 9, 2011

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

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This organization is the foundation of the change that will allow for those who seek support for emotional and cognitive distress to enjoy the rights afforded them by the US Constitution that are currently being violated daily. Each day knowing Jim is doing what he does supports me in the work I do to also advance human and civil rights in my own community.

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I would consider making it a priority to either locate other attorneys or encourage survivors to seek their law degree.

June 9, 2011

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June 9, 2011

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

winning 4 Alaska Supreme Court cases expanding the rights of people diagnosed with mental illness to decline psychiatric drugs or be locked up because of a psychiatric diagnosis.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to have enough money to hire attorneys to (1) challenge certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) neuroleptic drug approvals, starting with the approval of Risperdal for use on children, which was procured by fraud, and (2) pursue strategic litigation outside of Alaska.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was a co-founder.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

PsychRights' current focus is to put the brakes on the massive, tremendously harmful psychiatric drugging of children and youth. Currently that involves recruiting people around the country to bring Medicaid Fraud cases. See, http://psychrights.org/Education/ModelQuiTam/ModelQuiTam.htm

What is its top priority in the long run?

Help reform the public mental health system to end coercion and provide truly helpful approaches that will normally not involve drugs or electroshock, such as the Soteria and Open Dialog models .

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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