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The Soteria group are endeavouring to collaborate with the federal government to establish supervised Soteria style community houses throughout Australia, predominantly for young people with serious (usually psychotic) mental health problems . We are currently  trying to build relationships with…

Spirituality And Madness

The legalisation of psychedelics for mental health treatment in Australia seems likely to present quite a few challenges to the psychiatric profession. They are going to have to come to terms with the fact that for many people, spiritual experiences play a significant part in their mental health.

On The Human Rights Of “Mental” People

Australia, has become one of the worst countries in the developed world for the abuse of people suffering with mental health problems. According to the The United Nations Human Rights Commision, the field of mental disorder has been co-opted for purposes that suit the state and the psychiatric industry, not for purposes that suit the sufferers. It is not only the patients who are complaining. Many mental health practitioners are also fed up with the abuses they see on a daily basis. Most are afraid to speak out but some do. Here is what psychiatrist Dr Niall McLaren has to say about the human rights of "mental" people.

Why Do We Lock People Up

According To the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Human Rights Commision, the terrible way that Australia treats people with serious mental health issues continues unabated. Throughout history, with only a few exceptions, the treatment of the mentally-disturbed has been appalling. The issue is why?

Modern Moral Panics

Wherever we turn, we find another campaign to promote some new mental health problem as an impending catastrophe. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) seems to be the current flavor of the month which controversial Australian psychiatrist, Niall McLaren, attributes to anxiety. Read more about what he has to say about the ADHD “epidemic".

The Ten Day Voyage

This is a true account of a psychotic episode based on a recorded conversion that took place around 1964 between Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing and a man named Jesse Watkins. The account  remains faithful to Laing’s original written description. The…

New Diseases For Old Drugs

One way that drug companies make money is to develop drugs for existing diseases. An even easier way is to just re-purpose old drugs for some new or existing mental health problem. Just tweak the old drug enough to get a new patent, give it a fancy name and spend a few million dollars telling everyone about this wonderful new invention. Voila… mega profits.

And Now For More Of The Same…Psychometrics

Psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs are apparently back in vogue and legal in Australia, at least for experimental purposes by “suitably qualified people”. If it wasn’t for the fact that live humans will be used for experiments, probably without informed consent, this story would be a huge joke except that it is not really funny or perhaps it is. Decide for yourself.