Mental health is an important subject. We believe that everyone should be given access to the relevant information, so they can make an informed decision about consent. This is something that the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) in Georgia can help you with. We want to help those who have been affected by psychiatric practices, like electroshock therapy.
The Georgia Involuntary Treatment Act (GITA) gives parents the right to get notice of a treatment hearing for their children. They also have the right to a full and fair hearing, though they may waive that hearing.
Involuntary treatment for mental health is only an option in extreme cases, and it can’t simply be ordered by a parent’s request. There are times when a person can be ordered to undergo treatment for severe mental illness, but before that happens, they must first be evaluated by doctors who agree there is reason for treatment. Involuntary treatment may only be mandated by a separate order from the court.
A person can be ordered to undergo involuntary treatment if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Be unable to care for their physical health and safety to a point where their life is in danger.
Georgia Psychiatry Watchdog
The CCHR of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit group. We aim to act as a Georgia-chapter watchdog for those who have been affected by psychiatric abuses or practices. To do this, we use a wide network of professionals. We can consult with lawyers, doctors, artists, business professionals, and legislators. This ensures that we can take a strong stance against things like ECT. We advocate our positions based on what would be best for patients, not for the billion-dollar drug companies.
What Do We Do?
There are a few ways that we hope to achieve this important mission. The first thing we want to do is educate people. We aim to base our positions based on evidence. Because of this, the CCHR of Georgia aims to make videos and other resources that discuss the truth behind psychiatry in simple language. This will help you understand the practices and how they could harm you.
We also help you advocate for a better future
For example, you will be able to report psychiatric damage that you, or a loved one, have experienced. We will be able to help you spread the message. We also encourage you to get in touch with the FDA and legislators, sharing your stories and making complaints about drugs that have had adverse effects.
How Can You Help CCHR of Atlanta, Georgia?
If you believe in our mission, there are plenty of ways that you can help take action. First, we advocate reporting adverse effects to the FDA. They will be able to investigate, hopefully removing these drugs and medical devices. Though this is a simple act, it can stop other families from experiencing what you have gone through.
We also take part in a range of political campaigns. For example, you should write to your local legislator and express the concerns that you have around psychiatry. We also recommend that you ask that they ban measures like ECT, as there is plenty of evidence that these procedures can harm patients.
We are available on social media, through Facebook and LinkedIn. By following us in these places, we will be able to get the information to you. This is a good way to stay up-to-date with the latest news and information. You’ll also be able to learn about the current campaigns we are running, so you can get involved.
Another good step is to talk about these issues with your friends and family. The big drug companies have plenty of influence and lots of reasons to sweep potential concerns under the rug.
Only by starting a community conversation can we bring awareness to these issues.