Finnish Psychologist Fired for Speaking Critically of Antidepressants

Robert Whitaker

Recently, the Finnish national broadcasting company ran a story on national Finnish television about antidepressants, which featured an interview with a Finnish psychologist, Aku Kopakkala, who raised concerns about their possible negative  long-term effects. His employer, Mehilainen, a private health care provider, abruptly fired him after the piece ran. Finnish journalists are now writing stories about his firing, which they observe raise “freedom of speech” issues.

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