What is the Citizens Commission on Human Rights?

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Atlanta GA is a non-profit organization. We aim to act as a mental health watchdog. The CHHR isn’t aligned to any religious organization and we are apolitical. We want to make sure that dangerous, harmful practices are eliminated from the care of those with mental health challenges. To do this, we seek to enforce the 180 human rights laws that prevent abusive practices.

Who Started CCHR?

The organization was originally started by Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr. Thomas Szasz. He recognized that the mistreatment of patients. The group was started to make sure that they had a strong voice. He wanted to abandon the treatments that could cause them harm. He also wanted to protect their civil rights, giving them the option to say no to dangerous procedures, like ECT.

Who is Involved in CCHR of Atlanta?

We have built a large support network, to offer strong advocacy for a change in mental health practices. Because of this, we have partnered with a wide range of experts. For example, we work with lawyers, business leaders, and legislators. We also consult with doctors and nurses. Our mission has been aided by psychiatrists who want to take a stand against the rising number of drugs that are being prescribed to vulnerable patients.

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What are the Biggest Achievements of the CCHR?

The CCHR has been going for over 50 years. During this time, our group has had many successes. First, we have expanded around the world. These psychiatry problems aren’t isolated to the United States. It is quickly becoming a global problem. Because of this, we have started groups in 34
countries around the world.

We have also been able to bring the public’s attention to the numerous abuses that have occurred in psychiatric facilities. For example, we were instrumental in laws that have banned the use of ECT therapy on children under 12. We have also helped bring to light the high number of people who are killed by the use of restraints. In Australia, we helped ban the practice of DST. These investigations lead to the dismissal and arrest of hundreds of medical personnel. These changes have made a big difference in the lives of patients. We have helped to get justice for affected families. Through these reforms, we have been able to save dozens of lives.

Are We Against Prescribing Drugs?

One of the most common questions that we get asked is whether we are against the prescribing of drugs. Sadly, the biggest pharmaceutical companies have billions of dollars to spend convincing people that they require drugs. At CCHR of Atlanta, Georgia, we believe in four key factors when it comes to taking drugs.

  1. First, people have the right to know all the risks involved in the treatment.
  2. Secondly, they have the right to know that the diagnosis is accurate.
  3. Third, they need to be made fully aware of the non-drug options. Finally, they should have the right to refuse treatment if they think that it will do them harm.