RIP Jake McGill Lynch

On 20 March 2013, Stephanie and John‘s lives changed in a way they could never have imagined. This is the true story of their son who was prescribed the antidepressant drug Prozac. Four years ago today, fourteen-year-old Jake McGill Lynch from Clondalkin, Co Dublin died at Tallaght Hospital of a self-inflicted gunshot wound forty-six days […]


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The ‘care home’ that became a psychiatric prison

Teresa Cooper was a 14-year-old girl struggling to come to terms with her parents’ divorce and protesting against the problems forced upon her at home. She was sent to a residential children’s home called Kendall House in Gravesend, Kent, where she thought she would be cared for. She soon found out care wasn’t part of […]


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Joseph Doherty – failed by the mental health system

On 19 October 1991, Joseph Doherty was admitted into Gartnavel Royal Hospital in Glasgow. The following is the true story of what happened while he was in the care of the mental health system. A talented musician, Joseph had been unwell on the morning of 19 October 1991 when his brother Alex visited him at […]


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Loss of youth and stolen education

The legacy of psychiatric meddling in the young life of Tom McCarthaigh – Time and again, CCHR is contacted by people who, going through the natural uncertainties and confusions of youth, fall into the clutches of psychiatry and have their young lives wrecked by a combination of meaningless diagnosis and dangerous drugs. Tom McCarthaigh wasn’t […]


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