Sunday, June 24, 2018

Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress 2018's 'Greeting' from CCHR UK

This year, the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress was at the Birmingham International Conference Centre (ICC) and it started on Sunday 24th June 2018. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights UK (CCHR UK) was there in full force to "welcome" those psychiatrists attending the Congress by making sure their presence was felt.


CCHR UK Protesters, approximately 50-strong, gathered outside the Town Hall, chanting "Love Me, Don't Drug Me" with reference to drugs such as Ritalin given to children for the fictitious "disease" of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and then marched to the ICC carrying a large banner and placards that read "Psychiatry: Junk Science & Dangerous Drugs" and "Psychiatry: Labelling and Drugging Children For Profit".


For several hours, the group of protesters remained outside the ICC chanting and holding their banners in full view of psychiatrists entering and leaving the building. Thousands of fliers entitled Ten Things You Should Know About Psychiatry which laid out the dangers of psychiatric treatment were also distributed to the psychiatrists attending the Congress as well as passers-by.


The protesters then marched to 100 Sherlock Street, Birmingham B5 6LT for the official opening of CCHR's FREE exhibition entitled Psychiatry - An Industry of Death. The guest of honour who cut the ribbon was Awil Hussein, MBE. Here's what he said in his opening speech:

There are over 20 million children, worldwide, on psychiatric drugs. They are prescribed for a multitude of disorders that are not evidence-based and have no scientific validity.
Psychiatrists have come to realise that after decades of drugging their patients with no resultant cure, that these drugs don't work. They are now pushing other barbaric "treatments" such as electroshock (ECT) and deep brain stimulation form of electroshocking the brain. 
So I am happy to welcome back to Birmingham for the 6th time The Citizens Commission on Human Rights and their Industry of Death Exhibition.


Psychiatry: An Industry of Death was officially opened by Awil Hussein, MBE (third from left)














The exhibition aims not only to educate and inform but to bring “practical guidance for lawmakers, doctors, human rights advocates and private citizens to take action in their own sphere and thereby force psychiatry to account for its crimes and abuses.”

Rare photos and artefacts, documentary films and multimedia exhibits construct a vivid account of criminal abuse and human suffering.

There are also graphic displays of psychosurgery, forced restraints, and sadistic psychiatric treatments such as high-voltage electroshock (ECT) and frontal and ice pick lobotomy.

Perhaps most unsettling is the Holocaust exhibit, documenting psychiatry’s role in Hitler’s rise to power and in fueling Nazi euthanasia programs that involved the extermination of some 300,000 people labeled mentally ill. The exhibit lays out the “psychiatric movement that would cause the deaths of millions,” in cringe-worthy detail, such as how German psychologists of that era conducted their work in behaviour modification in the same fashion as animal training.

The museum tragically illustrates how drug overdoses and suicides, which CCHR exposes, are exacerbated or generated by psychiatric drugs, prematurely extinguished some of Hollywood’s brightest lights, including Kurt Cobain (prescribed Ritalin), Marilyn Monroe (succumbed to an overdose of sleeping pills after meeting with a psychiatrist), and numerous others.

The rash of school shootings is another area of the human tragedy fueled by psychiatry, according to information presented in the museum. Columbine High School shooter Eric Harris, for example, was under the influence of the antidepressant Luvox at the time of the 1999 massacre in Colorado. It turns out that mind-altering drugs are a common thread with 39 other instances of school gun-related violence.

Sections of the museum also expose the involvement of individual psychiatrists in rape, torture, child molestation and other crimes. Case after case presented raises the question of whether the treatment for mental illness doesn’t often prove more destructive than the malady itself, and suggests that behind a façade of respectability lurk predators in white coats.

Thanks to the rarity and wide variety of information provided, the museum is a beacon for lawmakers, doctors, human rights advocates, healthcare professionals, students and citizens interested or working in the areas of psychiatric abuses, over-medication, and general mental health. There is hope for the future if people are inspired to turn the psychiatric abuse equation around beginning with themselves and their own lives. And as a definitive resource on historical and contemporary theories and practices, Psychiatry: An Industry of Death already has made a difference.

The FREE exhibition is at 100 Sherlock Street, Birmingham B5 6LT and is open from 11am to 8pm until Wed 27th June 2018.

For more information, contact CCHR UK on 01342 313926 or info@cchr.org.uk - www.cchr.org.uk