Monday, April 28, 2008

Campaigner Linda Hurcombe Awarded for Her Work to Expose Dangers of Psychiatric ‘Treatments’

Linda Hurcombe receives CCHR UK Human Rights Award

Councillor Anne Jones (left) presents
the CCHR UK Human Rights Award
to Linda Hurcombe

EAST GRINSTEAD: On Saturday 19 April, teacher and writer Linda Hurcombe was presented with a Human Rights Award for her work campaigning to expose the dangers of psychiatric treatments since the tragic death of her daughter just over 10 years ago.

The Award, presented at the 39th Anniversary of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights United Kingdom (CCHR), recognised Linda for her strength and dedication to raise public awareness about the dangers of antidepressants following the death of her nineteen-year-old daughter Caitlin in 1998 after she started taking Prozac.

In the presence of Ambassadors and High Commissioners representing their countries from around the world, as well as the Mayor of East Grinstead, Councillor Anne Jones (left) made the presentation at Saint Hill Castle in East Grinstead, where she told the dignitaries the award was presented for Linda’s bravery and persistence in the face of tragedy and adversity.

They heard how following a 7-minute interview with her doctor, where no medical tests were carried out, Caitlin was prescribed the antidepressant drug Prozac. Sixty-three days later, she committed suicide by hanging.

In accepting the award, Linda said, “When you lose a beloved child for any reason, perhaps more acutely when the death is by self-execution, the savage teeth of grief rend with a particularly tenacious power.”

She referred to her anger following a recent study from the University of Hull that received international press in concluding that Prozac was no better than a placebo. Linda said, “I am fortunate to be a teacher and writer, and the personal recovery tools have been through publishing and speaking out.”

Linda also referred to her most recent efforts to fight the move to lift a ban in Europe on advertising prescription drugs. Caitlin was made aware of Prozac through direct-to-consumer advertising while on holiday in the United States. Linda is determined to fight any move to allow pharmaceutical advertising in Europe.

CCHR also recognised Dr Robert Verkerk, an internationally acclaimed and highly respected authority in the field of sustainability. As the founder of the Alliance for Natural Health, Dr Verkerk was acknowledged for his tireless work in bringing about awareness of and challenging a European directive to regulate the use of vitamins and minerals in everyday diets. Like Linda, he is aware of the potential dangers of European directives that could have serious consequences on the health and well being of consumers in Britain.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is an international psychiatric watchdog group co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

For more information, please contact:

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

Tel: 01342 313 926 / 07980 934 984
Web site:

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