STATE-OF-THE-ART TOURING EXHIBIT
OPENS TO EXPOSE PSYCHIATRY’S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
With the drugging of our children skyrocketing and involuntary commitment increasing, two parents will speak out about the dangers of psychiatry at the 2008 Victorian opening Tuesday 16th September 2008.
Ms Nicola Mulcahy whose daughter became suicidal after being on the antidepressant Zoloft for 5 days and Mr. Bernard Daniels whose son has been involuntarily committed for most of the last 12 years are joining the international psychiatric watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) to open a chillingly informative exhibit which exposes the human rights abuse of psychiatry including child drugging.
Ms Mulcahy denounces the unnecessary drugging of our children in Australia. She lived through a parent’s worst nightmare when her daughter tried on several occasions to commit suicide. Ms Mulcahy said, “Last year I took my daughter to a private Women’s Health Clinic to investigate her painful periods and the doctor prescribed the antidepressant Zoloft advising me that it was approved and was very effective for children. She told me that the Zoloft would assist until the contraceptive pill took effect in 3 months. Within 5 days my daughter became suicidal, aggressive and violent. Up until this point my daughter had never displayed any of these characteristics. Her family and friends all described her as a kind, caring and responsible girl. After nearly losing her life by ingesting 200 ml of eucalyptus oil she was admitted to hospital and eventually transferred to the hospital’s adolescent psychiatric ward where she continued to try and commit suicide.”
“We were however one of the few lucky ones, because I stumbled by accident across the true nature and danger of these drugs and found that they can cause suicidal behavior and are not even approved for use in children under 18 in Australia. Many thousands of other parents every year are not so lucky, most of them don’t even know where to go to find the information that they should have been given in the first place, so they are trapped in the system that is controlled by an industry with a compromised agenda that is at the detriment of the health and safety of our children. Parents have a right to know about the side-effects of any proposed treatment for their children so they can give fully informed consent. In too many cases this does not happen and parents have to go through what I did and some even lose their child because of these psychiatric drugs,” says Ms Mulcahy.
When it comes to involuntary commitment, Mr. Bernard Daniels, his family and his son Garth are living in what can only be described as hell on earth. Mr Daniels said, “A rudimentary visit to a hospital quickly collapsed my son Garth, into a 12 year nightmare that is still not over. At a stroke of a pen, without the need for a formal charge and without trial, Garth became an involuntary mental health patient and without his or our knowledge and without any form of consent, he was placed forcibly into a drug trial involving the highly controversial antipsychotic Zyprexa. Zyprexa is known to cause weight gain, diabetes, heart problems, hallucinations and suicidal behavior. Despite these side-effects my son is still not allowed to refuse the drug because he is an involuntary patient. There is no informed consent for an involuntary patient in any state in Australia. Together psychiatry and their bedfellows, the drug companies have worked on destroying my son’s life and are hard at work destroying many people’s lives including the many children who are involuntarily detained around Australia.
Free to the public, this state-of-the-art exhibit exposes psychiatry as an industry driven entirely by profit. It is being shown internationally in more than 30 countries and features 15 display panels that incorporate audio-visual presentations depicting human rights abuses by psychiatry and carries statements from health professionals, academics, legal and human rights experts, and victims of psychiatric brutalities.
It also reveals how children in Australia on psychiatric drugs have suffered heart attacks, strokes, hallucinations and suicidal behaviour. People touring the exhibit can sign Federal petitions calling for black-box warnings to be put onto psychiatric drugs warning of the risk of suicide and heart problems and requesting that drug product information be placed on medication containers telling consumers that they are encouraged to report any adverse drug reactions to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration.
CONTACT: Wayne Curnuck on 04202 45459 or Shelley Wilkins on 0414 724 404
WHEN: 5 pm, Tuesday 16th September 2008
WHERE: RMIT Storey Hall in the Auditorium near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets Melbourne.
CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus from the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, and has successfully achieved hundreds of legislative protections against psychiatric abuse. (In Australia CCHR is known as the Citizens Committee on Human Rights).