An informal event to mark the 20th anniversary of the foundation of MindFreedom Ireland will take place at 2pm on Sunday May 28th, 2023 in Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork.
MindFreedom Ireland is an affiliate of MindFreedom International and campaigns for human rights and is opposed to all forced practices for people experiencing emotional distress, particularly electroshock.
Over the past 20 years, MindFreeommIreland has the following record:
Annual electroshock protests in Cork
Participitaed in Campaign to delete Section 59b of the Mental Health Act
Collaborated with the late Dr Michael Corry in his campaign to abolish electroshock
Contributed to the Oireachtas Health Committee Report on The Adverse Effects of Pharmaceuticals
Supported the establishment of Sli Eile in Charleville
Presented workshops at the Critical Voices Network Ireland conference in Cork
Hosted a conference in 2011 at which Dr Terry Lynch, Robert Whittaker of Mad in America and Kathy Sinnott MEP were keynote speakers
Hosted our own 10th Anniversary conference in 2013
Facilitated a Stand by Me mutual support group weekly in Cork for more than a decade.
Provided practical personal support to people experiencing emotional distress
Addressed the World Psychiatric Conferfence in Berlin in 2017
Established strong links with like-minded groups such as CAPA in Canada and Drop the Disorder in the UK
The event will hear personal testimonies from people with experience of current bio-psychiatry and will also feature a commemoration of people who were victims of that system.
The event will also welcome Dr Karen McCarthy and her occupational therapy students from California with whom MindFreedom Ireland has established a strong connection over the past 10 years.
The day will have musical contributions at the beginning and end and will coincide with a MindFreedom Ireland electroshock protest being held on the same day outside the GPO in Dublin.
Jim Maddock, co founder of MindFreedom Ireland