New Study Shows High Number of Suicides After Electroshock

In another psychiatric treatment failure, a new study shows electroshock fails to prevent suicide, with over 800 deaths within a year in those receiving it. As with patients prescribed antidepressants, those receiving electroshock have been misled that electroshock corrects imbalanced brain chemicals. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reinforces that electroshock treatment … Read more

CCHR Notifies Electroshock Hospitals on the Failure to Inform Patients of Risks

Watchdog says electroshock must be banned, but until this occurs, hospitals are being notified that omitting patient information of how electroshock treatment causes brain-damage and memory loss may constitute consumer fraud.  CCHR is responding to consumers reporting severe and permanent memory loss from undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). CCHR is writing to the more than 400 … Read more

CCHR Wants Ban on Electroshock “Conversion Therapy” Extended to All ECT

Watchdog says, “conversion therapy,” which uses electroshock, is torture, recognized by the United Nations. Whether used for behavior modification, internet addiction or any psychiatric condition, electroshock is not conducive to achieving mental health. All shock devices require banning. While electroshock use as part of “conversion therapy” is being banned—most recently by Minnesota Governor James Walz—the … Read more

World Health Organization New Guidelines are Vital to End Coercive Psychiatric Practices & Abuse

WHO report vindicates CCHR and the many groups that have fought worldwide for the recognition of psychiatric human rights violations, including involuntary commitment and forced electroshock and other biomedical, including drug treatments. The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a damning report that lashes out against coercive psychiatric practices, which it says “are pervasive and … Read more

UN Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras Addresses Psychiatry’s Global Coercion & Crisis 

UN human rights expert speaks out against coercive psychiatry, effects of totalitarian and authoritarian mental health regimes and forced treatment. CCHR calls for action to stop U.S. coercive psychiatric practices as part of remedying global concerns. Former United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras, M.D., in a recent interview with Psychiatric Times, spoke of “the obstacles … Read more

Survivors of Lethal Drug & Shock Deep Sleep Therapy Vindicated After 30 Years

An Australian judge’s condemnation of a dangerous psychiatric treatment linked to 48 deaths and once used in U.S. mind-control experiments, ignites new calls for a global ban on electroshock treatment. A recent finding by an Australian federal judge has vindicated hundreds of patients subjected to potentially lethal Deep Sleep Treatment (DST) involving heavy psychotropic drugs and … Read more

Drugs, Electroshock to 0-17 Year-Olds and Pregnant Women Needs Urgent Change

CCHR, concerned that children face motor skill failure, psychosis, suicide, memory loss and brain damage side effects from mental health therapies, refutes $82.5m of taxpayer dollars being invested in early-intervention research that may add harm. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has granted $33 million to an Australian youth mental health research program that … Read more

Tribute to Whistleblower Nurse Who Exposed Deadly Drug and Shock Practice: Deep Sleep Therapy

(Updated November 27, 2020) “The horrors of Chelmsford would never have been exposed had it not been for the courage of one person, nurse Rosa Nicholson.”[1] After a friend died following deep sleep treatment (DST)—a psychotropic drug-cocktail-induced coma combined with electroshock treatment—Australian nurse Rosa Nicholson spent 18 months trying to get a job at Chelmsford … Read more

Deadly Deep Sleep Treatment

Electroshock treatment featured prominently as part of a damaging and deadly psychiatric practice called “Deep Sleep Treatment” (DST). Used in Australia in the 1960s up to 1979, it was banned under the 1983 New South Wales Mental Health Act. So potentially harmful, criminal penalties, including jail, were implemented should DST be practiced. Other Australian states … Read more

Deep Sleep Treatment Death Nightmare Awakes 30 Years Later to Condemn Current Psychiatric Practices

(Updated November 27, 2020) A lethal psychiatric drug and shock practice CCHR fought to get banned decades ago should spur accountability and patient protections today.  Jan Eastgate, a patients’ rights advocate, spent 14 years investigating and exposing deep sleep treatment in Australia, working with a heroic whistleblowing nurse, patients, legislators and the media to get … Read more