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A few days ago, on June 8, 2021 MindFreedom International resumed its consultation status with the United Nations to promote human rights in the mental health system. Specically, MFI contributed oral and written statements to the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Caribbean and North America).
Ron Bassman, MindFreedom’s Executive Director, addressed the committee on Monday by sharing his lived expertise as a survivor of forced psychiatry, as well as his experience working for decades as a human rights activist within the psychiatric survivors movement.
A recording of his presentation is unavailable at this writing but in his written statement, he asked the committee to consider the likelihood that people with mental and emotional issues will be institutionalized as opposed to receiving the support they need to live independently in the community.
“In the United States and in most countries around the world, when someone is hurting emotionally, is confused about life, feels trapped and alone, it is likely that she or he will be confined to a psychiatric institution and forcibly drugged. Removing a person from her or his community is not helpful, ultimately resulting in more harm than good.”