Wednesday, April 25, 2007

World's largest psychiatric watchdog celebrates its 38th Year

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Brian Daniels
Tel: 01342 313 926
Citizens Commission on Human Rights UK celebrates its 38th Year

Three human rights awards presented at Saint Hill Castle

EAST GRINSTEAD: On Saturday 21 April, Saint Hill Castle hosted the 38th Anniversary Banquet of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR UK) when three individuals, whose work has helped champion the achievement of human rights in the field of mental health, were each presented with a Human Rights Award.

Exemplifying the efforts to inform parents and get to the cause of so-called ‘childhood mental health problems’, Professor Neil Ward of Surrey University was presented with CCHR’s annual Human Rights Award by Deputy Mayor of East Grinstead, Councillor Ian Dixon.

Opposing the use of chemical restraints to control children and refusing to medicalise ‘naughty’ kids, Professor Ward’s research has focused on nutritional deficiencies as well as other environmental factors, to demonstrate how these can result in poor childhood behaviour.

Jason Pegler, chief executive of the mental health publisher Chipmunka Publishing, was also honoured for exposing an abusive mental health system through the publication of books written by those caught up in a system where their stories would otherwise go unheard. A psychiatric survivor himself, Pegler realised a ‘healing process’ by writing about his experiences, and has gone on to encourage others to do the same, publishing over 50 titles.

From left to right: CCHR Human Rights award recipient, CCHR Commissioner, the founder of the Restorative Health Company and a former Chief Superintendent of the West Yorkshire Police - Peter Bennett, award recipient Jason Pegler, chief executive of the mental health publisher Chipmunka Publishing, award recipient Professor Neil Ward of Surrey University, and Deputy Mayor of East Grinstead, Councillor Ian Dixon.

Former Mayor of East Grinstead, Christine Mainstone, was also at the banquet to present a special recognition to 73-year-old Maggie Chapman from Bradford in West Yorkshire. Chapman underwent and survived a brutal psychiatric brain operation, which was filmed by Yorkshire TV, and is now part of CCHR’s blockbuster documentary CD, Psychiatry: An Industry of Death. Christine Mainstone described Chapman as a remarkable and courageous lady, whose experience serves to highlight the brutality of psychosurgery.

“I’ve been connected to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights for some years now, and I know this organisation has a purpose to see the back of psychiatrists. I know that’s their purpose. That’s why CCHR is the only organisation that has my permission to use the footage of my brain operation.

“If it can help to bring psychiatrists to justice, and to be held accountable for their actions, then that’s fine by me!” said a defiant Maggie Chapman.

Award recipient Maggie Chapman with Christine Mainstone, former mayor of East Grinstead.

Local dignitaries at the banquet were joined by ambassadors, high commissioners, doctors, lawyers, authors and religious leaders to acknowledge these individuals for exposing mental health abuses, so that it can return to a practice that embraces the concepts of human rights and dignity.

The event was held in The Great Hall of Saint Hill Castle.

“Today, 20 million children around the world are prescribed addictive psychoactive drugs and in the United Kingdom, someone is involuntarily committed to a psychiatric institution every 12 minutes,” said Lady Margaret McNair, Executive Director of CCHR UK.

“Today, more than 150 million people worldwide have taken antidepressants in what has become a “choose your mood” society….Psychiatry’s obsession in labelling people’s emotions and behaviours will ultimately be their biggest downfall. [Now] with more than 30,000 newspapers articles and TV media exposing psychiatric dangers last year, millions of people are getting the facts.

“Only this week, this very campaign was highlighted on an international scale as the horrific details of yet another school shooting unfolded. 33 pupils were shot dead, while another 29 were seriously injured. And yes, it’s been reported the gunman had been on antidepressant drugs.

“The psychiatric-pharmaceutical alliance is being brought to account.”

Lady Margaret McNair, Executive Director of CCHR UK.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights. Past winners of CCHR’s Human Rights Awards in the UK include GMTV’s nutrition expert Patrick Holford and in the US, soul artist Isaac Hayes.

For more information, contact:

Brian Daniels
CCHR UK
P.O. Box 188
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4RB

Tel: 01342 313 926
Email: info@cchr.org.uk
Web: http://www.cchr.org.uk

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