Ex-Patients Take on the
Mexican Mental Health System


The New York Times reports on the “fledgling movement by former patients to hold the mental health system in Mexico accountable.” Members of Colectivo Chuhcan, an organization of psychiatric survivors that fights a legacy of neglect and abuse that is considered among the worst in the Americas,   is touring psychiatric hospitals and pressuring the government to improve conditions.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. It’s very inspiring for me me to read about the movement of our Mexican brothers and sisters for their human rights.

    Too bad the Times doesn’t report sympathetically like that on our movement.

    Maybe that’s because we don’t have a human rights movement to fight psychiatric abuse here.

    Isn’t it time we have one?

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    • “Maybe that’s because we don’t have a human rights movement to fight psychiatric abuse here.”

      I try,

      I’m upset today, I have been posting in the ‘anti psych forum’ for 2 years and now they put me on “mod preview” after I compared Abner Louima who was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with the handle of a plunger by New York City police officers after being arrested in 1997 with a psychiatric assault with a needle.

      They said I posted ‘sexual violence’.

      They said psych forums is “family site” to justify there actions yet that site has section on ‘fetish disorders’ is full of all kinds of nasty stuff kids can read (and should not) including posts from pedophiles.
      The whole fetish section on psych forums is just a porn chat room kids can read ! but they shut me up for comparing Abner Louima assault to a psychiatric assault ???

      They shut me down for only one reason, I am very good at ‘anti psychiatry’, posting relevant links/writing. They would rather the forum be full of petty arguments, myths and sloppy topics that will never be found on a google search.

      The ‘anti psych forum’ on psych forums is only there for one reason, they couldn’t handle all the posts from the rights activists, people complaining about psychiatric assaults and busting psychiatry’s lies who came before me writing over the site.

      That I feel good about.

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  2. Its here http://www.psychforums.com/anti-psych/


    Anti-Psych Forum
    Open discussion about the Anti-Psychiatry Movement and related topics. This includes the opposition to forced treatment and hospitalization as well as the belief that Psychiatric Medication does more harm than good. Please note that these topics are controversial and therefore this forum may offend some people. This is not the belief of Psych Forums or Get Mental Help and this forum was posted to offer a safe place to discuss these beliefs.

    It can use more writers. Your first post takes a wile to appear, they check for spam or something then your good to go.

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