CCHR International: Mental Health Clearinghouse Offers Resources

Known for 52 years of securing protections for children and adults against psychiatric restraint, electroshock and other abuse, the CCDH says 2021 has been a watershed year in recognizing that coercive psychiatry does harm. Its website provides documented evidence.

Known for having obtained protections against psychiatric restraint, electroshock and other abuses for 52 years, the CCDH affirms that 2021 has been a decisive year

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 20, 2021 / — The Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights International, a mental health industry watchdog, recommends its recently updated website as a resource for researchers and consumers, as well as lawmakers and the media interested in mental health issues. CCHR International is a clearinghouse – a central clearinghouse for its network of hundreds of chapters around the world – that monitors and reports on trends in mental and behavioral health; abuses in psychiatric facilities, including when patient abuse is so egregious that the hospital is forced to close; the risks of psychiatric treatment, in particular for electroshock and psychotropic drugs; and policies adopted to protect patients from coercive psychiatry.

The group sources its articles and commentaries so that researchers and consumers can access supporting documents for further research. As a documentary filmmaker said about the CCDH: “You are the encyclopedia of knowledge …”

Throughout 2021, dozens of articles were added to the website, covering, for example, the media response to restraint abuse and deaths in behavioral hospitals and the ‘troubled teens’ industry – a campaign in which celebrity Paris Hilton excelled in raising awareness, including with lawmakers. State laws have been enacted in Oregon and Utah that now restrict the use of restraint. Hilton also gained congressional support for the reforms. “Congress must act because children are dying in the name of treatment,” she said. Further, “the reason is a lack of transparency and accountability across the system. “[1]

A chain of behavioral hospitals that the CCDH has scrutinized have closed 13 facilities since 2019 following exposure to abuse. A fourteenth is due to close on December 22. The company faces a $ 50 million lawsuit filed this year for the death of a 16-year-old African-American boy who was lethally immobilized for throwing a sandwich on the floor. CCHR says this tragedy has prompted appropriate action: Charges of manslaughter have been filed against several staff members.[2] The CCDH has informed all state legislators in the United States of the abuse of restraint.

There has been a 21% increase in the thousands of notices the CCDH sent to state lawmakers about the risks of electroconvulsive treatment this year compared to 2020. The group has helped push for laws banning the use of ECT. this practice potentially harmful to the brain on minors, but wants all electroshock to be prohibited. , which in the United States is given to children aged five and under until the age of 90.[3] The CCDH website,, has been developed to streamline information about ECT.

This year, CCHR International assisted its New Zealand chapter who testified before a government royal commission inquiry into the electroshock and drug torture of children in the 1970s at the Lake Alice Children’s Psychiatric Unit, today ‘closed today. This helped the chapter write closing remarks and recommendations to prevent future abuse, which included criminal liability for the abuses. The judge overseeing the hearing responded to the CCDH by saying: “I think it is important that the commission recognize the CCDH and the extraordinary efforts it has made since the 1970s to keep this flame alive on behalf of the survivors. It has been an extraordinary effort.[4]

The torture survivors were vindicated when it was recognized by police this month that the “treatment” they had been subjected to was, indeed, criminal abuse.[5]

The CCDH also buys databases from trusted sources such as IQVia to keep people properly informed about trends in psychotropic drug use.[6] This is largely due to the documented serious side effects, which can include violence (gunshots) and suicide, as well as debilitating physical effects. The group was instrumental in decoding the Food and Drug Administration’s Medwatch Adverse Drug Reaction reports to produce an online searchable effects database.[7] Visit the psychiatric drug side effects search engine to customize searches for specific side effects.

The group says 2021 was important because of the recognition of abuse in the mental health industry when the World Health Organization’s “Community Mental Health Services Guidance” was released in June. The WHO has condemned coercive psychiatric practices, saying they “are ubiquitous”, “despite the lack of evidence that they offer any benefit, and significant evidence that they cause physical and psychological damage, and even death” .[8]

A former United Nations special rapporteur on health, Dainius PÅ«ras, also addressed this issue, telling Psychiatric News: “Coercive practices are so widely used that they seem inevitable, but I suggest reversing our thinking and our action. . Suppose every case of the use of non-consensual measures is a sign of systemic failure, and our common goal is to free global mental health care from coercive practices … “[9]

WHO has strengthened the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which stipulates that patients cannot be exposed to “torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” and recommends banning “the practices coercive such as forced admission and treatment, seclusion and restraint, as well as the administration of antipsychotic drugs, electroshock (ECT) and psychosurgery without informed consent.[10]

Erica-Irene Daes, former Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, previously recognized the work of the CCDH in achieving guarantees, including “the preservation of the rights of individuals under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. human rights “and laws that prevent psychiatry from being granted” the power to engage minority groups and individuals against their will.

[1];, citing: Tyler Kingkade, Kate Snow and Erin Einhorn, “Paris Hilton is pushing for bill to crack down on abusive youth establishments: Hilton condemned a” system-wide lack of transparency and accountability “in the struggling teen industry and urged support for new regulations. NBC News, October 20, 2021,; “Paris Hilton is pushing for bill to crack down on establishments for abusive young people,” Yahoo! News

[2] Jennifer Henderson and Melissa Alonso, “Estate of Teenager Who Dies After Being Tied Up in Michigan Institution Files $ 50 Million Lawsuit,” CNN, October 8, 2021,







[9], citing: Awais Aftab, MD, “Global Psychiatry’s Crisis of Values: Dainius PÅ«ras, MD”, Psychiatric Times, June 3, 2021,


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