Basic Characteristics of Peer Respites

During the summer and fall of 2014, Laysha Ostrow and colleagues contacted 19 current and planned respite programs to participate in a survey, and representatives from 17 programs responded. We asked program representatives about some of the basic characteristics of …
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Toolkit for Evaluating Peer Respites

The Toolkit for Evaluating Peer Crisis Respites is intended for use by evaluators, government officials, and peer-to-peer program staff and managers. It can be used to document program operations and outcomes and to build evidence for the efficacy of peer crisis respites. …
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Beyond Psychotropics: A Practical Introduction to Non-Drug Therapies and Wellness Basics for the Treatment of Adult Mental Health Issues

“This paper by Craig Wagner is for adults with mental health issues and their supporters. It helps answer the difficult question, “what can I do?” by distilling a significant body of mental health research down to a pragmatic menu of …
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Drugwatch

“Drugwatch.com reports on the latest information regarding dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. We give you the information you need, when you need it. Our Patient Advocates can answer your medical questions and point you to a specialist. They can …
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Integrative Mental Health for You (IMHU)

IMHU’s mission: “To improve mental healthcare by forwarding an integrative, ‘wellness’ model, independent of special interests and lobbies.  Integrative Mental Health considers and attends to biological issues, psychological and social problems, as well as the profound need for psycho-spiritual growth.  Practitioners take …
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DrugNews

“The mission of DrugNews is to improve patient safety through education. By providing the latest safety alerts, FDA recalls, studies and legal news, patients can discuss treatment options with their doctor, learn of current litigation over side effects, and decide …
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Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry

Book of alternatives to psychiatry around the world, edited by Peter Stastny and Peter Lehmann. (Ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry, therapists, psychiatrists, lawyers, social scientists and relatives report about their alternative work, their successes, their individual and collective experiences. The book highlights alternatives beyond psychiatry, current possibilities of self-help for …
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Proactive Planning

The Proactive Planning site is intended to be a resource to those seeking information and resources on learning how to safely reduce or withdraw from psychotropic drugs and restore their life while healing the issues that often cause one to …
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Lived Experience Research Network

“The Lived Experience Research Network (LERN) promotes service user/survivor leadership and inclusion in behavioral health and disabilities research, advanced clinical practice, and program evaluation to advance inclusion and social justice. LERN supports service user/survivor-identified students, researchers and evaluators, and is …
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Alternatives to Violence Project- USA

The mission of AVP is “to empower people to lead nonviolent lives through affirmation, respect for all, community building, cooperation, and trust.”

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MOTHER BEAR: Families for Mental Health

Mother Bear connects families, individuals, survivors and providers to share mental health recovery education, provide recovery-oriented resources and create and sustain online and local family support. Website offers interactive, facilitated family recovery education, discussion forums, recovery stories, videos, blogs, news and wellness …
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Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful Withdrawal from Neuroleptics, Antidepressants, Lithium, Carbamazepine and Tranquilizers

The world-wide first book about the issue of coming off psychiatric drugs.  “Successful coming down from psychiatric drugs primarily addresses treated people who want to withdraw on their own decision. It also addresses their relatives and therapists. Millions of people …
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Coming Off Psych Drugs: A Meeting of the Minds

A 2013 film by Daniel Mackler.  “In June of 2012, twenty-three people came together to discuss the subject of coming off psychiatric drugs. We were psychiatric survivors, therapists, mental health consumers, family members, and activists, united by a passion for …
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Death Grip: A Climber’s Escape from Benzo Madness

A 2013 book by MIA blogger, Matt Samet, chronicling his “near-fatal struggle with anxiety and depression, and his nightmarish journey through the dangerous world of prescription drugs.”

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Recovery & Renewal: Your essential guide to overcoming dependency and withdrawal from sleeping pills, other ‘benzo’ tranquillisers and antidepressants

“Recovery and Renewal is an essential guide for overcoming dependency and withdrawal from sleeping pills, other benzodiazepine tranquillisers and antidepressants. It is a useful, insightful and incredibly courageous book which delivers everything you need to know before, during and after. Family …
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Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications

Written by Peter Breggin, MD and David Cohen, PhD in 2007, this book seeks to “expose the shortcomings of psychiatric drugs and to guide patients and doctors through the process of withdrawing from them.”

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The UCSF Drug Industry Document Archive

The Drug Industry Document Archive (DIDA) contains internal corporate documents from large pharmaceutical companies including Merck, Parke-Davis, Wyeth, and Pfizer. These documents reveal questionable drug industry practices concerning clinical trials, publication of study results, pricing, marketing, relations with physicians and …
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CriticalThinkRx

CriticalThinkRx: Offers a prescription for critical thinking about psychotropic medications and a more balanced evaluation of the “prescription situation” based on ethical codes of practice of medical and non-medical helping professions. Aims to sharpen critical skills of mental health and …
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Benzo Buddies

Benzo Buddies provides information and support to plan and execute a benzodiazepine withdrawal schedule.

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Video on Coming off Medications: A Harm Reduction Approach

This video provides some basic guidance for anyone considering reducing or coming off psychiatric medications and their supporters, which is discussed in greater detail in the Harm Reduction Guide. This video and Guide are in the spirit of peer support …
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AntiDepAware

AntiDepAware promotes awareness of the dangers of antidepressants, in particular to the problem of antidepressants “being prescribed to those who are not depressed, to whom they are likely to do more harm than good.” The the site offers a link …
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Zoloft (and other SSRIs) Lawsuit Center

The Zoloft Lawsuit Center offers information on the problems linked to a range of antidepressants, including Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, and Lexapro, and the lawsuits associated with them.

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The International Network of Integrative Mental Health (INIMH)

The International Network of Integrative Mental Health (INIMH) is a “A global organization to advance an integrative whole person approach to mental health through education, research, networking and advocacy.”

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Inquiry Into the ‘Schizophrenia’ Label

Inquiry into the ‘Schizophrenia’ Label is an independent inquiry into the usefulness of ‘schizophrenia’ as a diagnosis and medical condition, and the impact this diagnosis has on people’s lives.

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Search Nursing Home Deficiency Reports

ProPublica offers an interactive tool that lets you search nursing home inspection reports for problems such as antipsychotic overprescribing.

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