In honor of our friend who is attending a ‘mental health tribunal now!
Leo, it has come to our attention that Derry Mescal, a fellow survivor of psychiatry, has spoken to you about a very important petition painstakingly organized by a fellow medic Dr Terry Lynch. The lines of communication with you in this age of fast internet connections seem to be very difficult as you claim that you never received this very important petition. As I write this letter, a sister survivor is attending a tribunal on the issue of being forced – treated with Invega, a new atypical neuroleptic. Many survivors have contacted our organization MindFreedom Ireland, founded in 2003, on the same subject. Unfortunately, they are often women who are still more vulnerable in our present-day society. We are an affiliate of MindFreedom International who has been receiving similar calls for many decades. Globally, other organizations are speaking out about the same subject.
The 2001 Mental Health Act ensures that it is very easy to incarcerate vulnerable Irish people who have committed no crime. Therefore all Irish people are in danger of losing their human right to decide what they know to be a better way to live their own lives. We do not live in a free state. We do not have the right to MindFreedom.
As it is better late than never, you should act immediately to address this outrageous cancer which is at the core of our society and in honour of all those who have lost their lives because of what we describe as a tyranny of ‘ goodwill’ along with those like my good friend who I mentioned earlier. PLEASE ACT NOW!
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.” C.S.Lewis.