“A well timed and much needed article, but we need more such statements from more & more people with system “credentials.” Thank you again Dr. Breggin!” I agree but, also, I think those of us service users with “system credentials” (ie, those of us who benefited from positive interventions and are coming through the other side) need to speak out too, and let political leaders and service providers know exactly what worked and what didn’t work for us, and why. Psychiatry and mental health services aren’t quite as scary for some of us as they are for others, for various reasons, perhaps because of economic and educational privilege, or by accident of birth, or by virtue of what services are available in our home towns. I live in a country privileged to have a National Health Service that was largely driven forward by one very angry, working class man with a troubled childhood, who nurtured a “burning hatred” of the political ruling class of his day and allowed it to fuel the creation of a universal healthcare system that, for all its fragility, has served generations who would otherwise have been excluded from anywhere near adequate care. My local mental health service only exists because Aneurin Bevan was outraged by inequality, and relentless in the pursuit of justice. All of its staff owe their livelihoods to a man who, if he had been born in this time and place, might well have been put on a CTO and had sedatives delivered to his Welsh Valley home by a nice nurse wanting to help to “calm him down”. Lucky them and us that he entered politics and not a psychiatric institution during his angry youth…. As the good man said himself: “The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away”. And I think those of us within the system, in relative positions of power and privilege, have to decide for ourselves whether to cling onto our privilege for fear of reprisals, or to speak out in order to create a better future.