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Iatrogenic Effects of Neuroleptics: An Introduction to Peter Lehmann’s Work

With globalising psychiatry and medicalisation of social deprivation in the Asia-Pacific region, psychiatric drugs continue to be prescribed to people without enough information about their side effects. This increasingly leaves them and their caregivers in the lurch about withdrawing from them...

Identity, Oppression, and the Culture of “The Mentally Ill”

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This article was first published on Mad in America on August 4, 2020, here. A friend once described me as an "escapee," someone who never became enmeshed in the mental health system, never became defined by it, despite...

Unveiling TCI Asia Pacific’s Yearly Global Campaign #WhatWeNeed 2020

TCI-Asia Pacific is an organisation of users and survivors of psychiatry, persons with mad identities, identity diversities and psychosocial disabilities from the Asia Pacific regions. TCI runs a global social media campaign every year called #WhatWENeed, which provides...

Felicitating the Special Rapporteur (Health), Dr. Danius Puras’ For His Final Report to the HRC (A/HRC/44/48)

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A Response Statement byTransforming Communities for Inclusion Asia Pacific (TCI Asia Pacific)Redesfera Latino Americana de la Diversidad PsicosocialPan African Network of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities We, persons with psychosocial disabilities, users, ex-users, survivors and mad people from...

Country Report – Malaysia

In December 2019, I attended a wonderful conference organised by Mental Illness Awareness and Support Association, MIASA. It is a Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support NGO based in Malaysia. The theme of the conference was Experts...

Making Pharma Research Public, Creatively

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Editorial note: With the global mental health movement augmenting the reach of Big Pharma far beyond developed countries, there has been an increase in clinical diagnoses, prescriptions and treatments in low-resource and developing countries. In several countries in...

Bringing Human Rights to Mental Health Care

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This article was originally published on Mad in America on May 27, 2020, and is written by Ana Florence. It can be accessed here. MIA's Ana Florence interviews United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras about...

The Forgotten People

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Only last year, Mad in Asia Pacific ran Yeni Rosa Damayanti’s photo-essay on the horrific conditions the mentally ill in Indonesia had been abandoned in during and after the 2018 earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi. Damayanti, a lead TCI Asia...

Mutual Support in an Age of Social Distancing

This article was originally published on Mad in America on March 23, 2020 and is written by Leah Harris. It can be accessed here. Connection, whether one-on-one or in groups, is at the heart of peer support. In...

COVID-19 and Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities: A Joint Statement and Some Recommendations

The following concerned organisations have drafted a collective statement on the heightened risk that people living with psychosocial disabilities face amidst a pandemic like COVID-19.-Pan African Network of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities-Redesfera Latinoamericana de la Diversidad Psicosocial-TCI Asia Pacific (Transforming Communities for...