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What Should Someone do if they know of a psychiatric abuse?

These web pages graphically illustrate how psychiatrists ruin millions of lives each year through their barbaric psychosurgery, electric shock, violence-inducing drugs, sexual abuse, involuntary detainment and other damaging practices.

If your rights or the rights of someone you know have been violated by psychiatry, immediate action must be taken. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) stands ready to assist you. We do not give medical or legal advice but we can help you in how and where to file a complaint against psychiatric abuse.

To go about reporting psychiatric abuses:

  • Fill out our Psychiatric Abuse Summary Information Form today. Use our online form or contact us and we will send you a form to fill out. CCHR SA address is:
  • If you know of or suspect psychiatric abuse, immediately call CCHR’s Psychiatric Crime Hotline.
  • If you know or suspect criminal abuse, the matter should also be reported to the local law enforcement agency or in the case of health insurance or billing fraud, to a health insurance fraud unit or justice department
  • Once criminal complaints have been filed, complaints should also be filed with the state regulatory bodies, such as a state medical board, which can investigate psychiatric “malpractice,” as it is euphemistically called. Such bodies can revoke a psychiatrist’s license to practice
  • Recourse may also be obtained under civil law, which permits recovery of damages for losses suffered at the hands of psychiatrists and psychologists. Many attorneys provide consultations free of charge or may be able to make their fees contingent on winning the case. In some countries, the attorney can seek financial aid through Government Legal Aid bodies
  • If you want to book a CCHR speaker, meet with CCHR’s Presidents, or just want more information, contact us

Remember, just as a true solution for the drug addict is to remove the drug from his life, so it is with psychiatry. So help remove its abusive practices from our society. Only then can we truly start to bring about a saner, safer future.

If you are a whistleblower, click here.

Family Members and Friends

Have you personally ever been abused or harmed by psychiatric or other “mental health” treatments?

Have you watched a family member, friend or loved one rapidly worsen—or even die—under psychiatric treatment?

Have you tried to tell a psychiatrist or psychiatric facility staff about the suspicious death of a loved one who was under psychiatric care, and been ignored, ridiculed or threatened for it?

If so, you are not alone. Through psychiatry’s false explanations, easy-seizure (commitment) laws, and depersonalizing “treatments,” every day thousands across the globe unwittingly fall into psychiatry’s coercive system.

If you have been subjected to or are aware of abuse, sexual assault, crime or malpractice committed by a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health practitioner, CCHR is a group willing to listen to and help you.

It is vital that criminal and other psychiatric abuse is reported and acted upon by the proper law enforcement agencies. Only in this way can you protect yourself and those you care about from the possibility of psychiatric abuse and coercion.

QUESTION: WHAT SHOULD BE REPORTED?

ANSWER: Report any crime or act which you believe endangers the health, safety and well-being of a patient. This includes neglect, physical or sexual assault, abusive physical or chemical restraints, wrongful or excessive drugging, imprisonment (wrongful detention in a psychiatric facility), treatment without prior consent, manslaughter and fraud.

QUESTION: HOW SHOULD THIS BE REPORTED?

ANSWER: 1. Write up all known details about the abuse, including dates, places, names of psychiatrists, psychologists or others involved ensuring patient confidentiality is respected. Send this to the nearest CCHR chapter.

Following are some guidelines:

  • What was the diagnosis given? Was this given after a thorough medical examination for underlying physical problems which could look like “mental illness”?
  • Was there health insurance involved? Did it seem the diagnosis was based on what insurance coverage was held? Was length of hospitalization increased or decreased based on insurance held?
  • Was the person given a copy of his/her rights, including the right to see an attorney, when admitted or prior to any hearing to determine involuntary placement or commitment to a psychiatric facility? Was informed, written consent given before any treatment was administered?

If the abuse involved physical or chemical restraints, do you know who ordered the restraints and under what circumstances?

2. Support your information with as much documentation as possible. Remember, do not do anything illegal. Use only evidence that is acquired legally to substantiate the abuse.

3. After allowing time for delivery of your report, call CCHR to further discuss the case, or to set up an appointment.

Your report and your identity will be held in strict confidence.

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