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The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a nonprofit mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 180 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR has long fought to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, full informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis, the risks of psychiatric treatments, the right to all available medical alternatives and the right to refuse any treatment considered harmful.

CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr. Thomas Szasz at a time when patients were being warehoused in institutions and stripped of all constitutional, civil and human rights.

CCHR functions solely as a mental health watchdog, working alongside many medical professionals including doctors, scientists, nurses and those few psychiatrists who have taken a stance against the biological/drug model of “disease” that is continually promoted by the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry as a way to sell drugs. It is a nonpolitical, nonreligious, nonprofit organization dedicated solely to eradicating mental health abuse and enacting patient and consumer protections. CCHR’s Board of Advisers, called Commissioners, include doctors, scientists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, educators, business professionals, artists and civil and human rights representatives.

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Mental Health Awareness Month: Exhibit Raises Awareness of the Danger of Electroshock and Other Harmful Psychiatric Practices

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NEW YORK, N.Y., and LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 11, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Those seeking help, beware, warns Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health industry watchdog. For Mental Health Awareness Month, the group marched through the streets of New York to raise awareness about coercive mental health practices including forced institutionalization and the use of electroshock (ECT) – even on children. Strategically timed to coincide with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual convention in the city, CCHR also brought its Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Exhibit to New York.

Protect Yourself and Your Family: Visit ‘Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Exhibit’ in New York. Learn the Facts and Fight Back

Exhibit includes shocking information anyone needs to know to protect themselves and their loved ones from abuse

NEW YORK, N.Y., and LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 8, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Exhibit,” open now through May 9 at 37 Union Square West in Manhattan, is not for the faint of heart. But it provides vital information to avoid or survive coercive psychiatric practices that infringe against human rights. The exhibit, produced by Citizens Commission on Human Rights, shows how these practices put health, safety – even life – at risk.

Human Rights Group Demands the American Psychiatric Association Ban ECT and End All Harmful and Coercive Practices

CCHR demands the APA fully implement WHO and UN guidance to end coercive psychiatric practices

NEW YORK, N.Y. and LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 7, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Midtown Manhattan reverberated with angry voices chanting “Stop the Torture-Ban ECT” as a phalanx of protesters from Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) made their way from Times Square to the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at Jacob Javits Convention Center. Their demands: The American Psychiatric Association must end coercive practices.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights Demands the European Psychiatric Association Bring an End to Coercive Psychiatry

Citizens Commission on Human Rights staged a march to protest psychiatry's failure

BUDAPEST, Hungary, and LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 2, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In the aftermath of the UN and World Health Organization guidance directing that psychiatry cease its coercive practices in the field of mental health, the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) Congress in Budapest in April 2024 attempted damage control. Their arrival sparked protest: a march and the launch of an exhibition to expose psychiatric violations, organized by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, the mental health watchdog founded in 1969 by psychiatrist Thomas Szasz and the Church of Scientology.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights Exhibit in South African Township Exposes Racism and Abuse in the Psychiatric Industry

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DIEPSLOOT, South Africa, and LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 1, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Citizens Commission on Human Rights South Africa brought the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Exhibit to Diepsloot, a densely populated township in Gauteng, South Africa. The exhibit, held April 19 to 26, educated officials, business owners, members of African royalty and residents on human rights abuse, racism and harmful practices that pervade psychiatry, including its role in promoting racism.

Los Angeles Deserves to Know the Hidden Source of So Many of the City’s Problems: Find Out at the Citizens Commission on Human Rights ‘Psychiatry an Industry of Death Exhibit’

Grand Opening of 'Psychiatry: An Industry of Death' Global Tour in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 22, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It’s no accident that while prescriptions for psychiatric medications have soared, the Los Angeles suicide rate has risen 40 percent since the year 2000 while the county’s mental health budget, at nearly $3 billion and rising, is the largest in the United States. Ever wonder why? The answer is not easy to confront. But Angelenos owe it to themselves and their families to visit the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) ‘Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Exhibit,’ which begins its global tour this week in Los Angeles with a grand opening on Friday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m.