Publications of Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP

Like our predecessor organization, (Federation) Global Initiative on Psychiatry, we intend to publish reports on issues that are of concern to us. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints we were not able to continue the publication of our journal "Mental Health Reforms", a decision that we very much regret. We hope that in the future the financial situation will ameliorate and that we will be able to resume its oublication, even if only in an electronic format.

This part of our website provides you with some of the old issues pof our journal, as well as more recent publications that were authored by our staff and or board.

DSM and ICD – two psychiatric classifications on the block

What are these acronyms and are they of value to psychiatry? The answers to the first question are simple. DSM stands for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, and its 5th revision was published in May 2013, and ICD is short for the International Classification of Diseases, the 11th revision which is due to be published in 2015 or 2016. The value question is a matter of debate. Only the complete anti-psychiatry zealots believes neither classification is of value, but the amount of confidence we have in both of them varies from almost religious belief to extreme scepticism.

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US State Department Report on Soviet Psychiatric Abuse 1989

In March 1989, an American delegation of psychiatrists, Sovietologists and diplomats visited the USSR as part of an agreement brokered between the US State Department and the Soviet Foreign Ministry. They examined 44 persons who were said to be victims of poliyical abuse of psychiatry in the USSR and visited several psychiatric hospitals. Their report is an in-depth analysis of the systematic abuse of psychiatry for political purposes and provides a profound analysis who and how these abiuses occured. The report has not lost its value even 25 years after its publication. The Russian version of the report can be downloaded here.

Russian version

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Change of Chairmanship

On March 1, 2014, Professor Graham Thornicroft took over from Dr. Benedetto Saraceno as Chairman of Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP. Dr. Saraceno served FGIP for a period of four complicated years, during which the change of a Hilversum-led organized organization changed into a federation of equal member organizations, but also the period when the economic crisis had a deep impact on our work and our financial basis. We are lucky that Dr. saraceno will continue to serve FGIP for another four years as Past Chairman, in conjunction with our new Chairman.

We present here the statements of the incoming Chairman, as well as of the outgoing one.

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Psychiatry as a means of coercion in the former USSR

In the summer of 2013 Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIp Chief Executive Robert van Voren finalized a report for the European parliament on the use of psychiatry as a means of coercion in former Soviet republics. He signalled a disturbing trend in particular in the Russian Federation, where an increasing number of opponents of the ruling government were threatened with psychiatric detention or hospitalized for short periods as a means of coercion.

The report can be downloaded in both





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Special issue on Lithuania

Mental Health Reforms issue 2011 - Lithuania Special Issue

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