“The time when psychiatrists considered that they could cure the mentally ill is gone. In the future the mentally ill have to learn to live with their illness.”
- Norman Sartorius, former president of the World Psychiatric Association (1996-1999), addressing the Association of European Psychiatrists Congress, 1994
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights, UK campaigns to:
- Educate people about other ways of addressing mental problems that have historically been delivered within communities, churches as well as through family and friends.
- Search for the root causes of mental health problems, rather than relying upon ‘easy’ drug-based control of symptoms.
- Expose and stop the manufacture of mental ‘disorders’ along with the practice of ‘disease mongering.’
- Prevent the diagnosing of people with unscientific psychiatric labels that result in the use of long-term drug prescribing practices. These labelling practices stigmatise patients.
- Promote the well-being of individuals and thereby society as a whole, through therapies that work. Getting rid of long-term treatments that don’t cure, and prevent the ‘revolving door syndrome’ and unwanted hospitalisations and fatalities.
- Stop the inappropriate and wasteful funding of mental health practices that are not based on scientific models and which do not present any cures.