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Campbell Collaboration

The Campbell Collaboration (C2) helps people make well-informed decisions by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, and social welfare. The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions. Campbell is based on voluntary cooperation among researchers of a variety of backgrounds.

Citizens Commission on Human Rights International

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR has long fought to restore basic unalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, full informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis, the risks of psychiatric treatments, the right to all available medical alternatives, and the right to refuse any treatment considered harmful. CCHR was co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr. Thomas Szasz at a time when patients were being warehoused in institutions and stripped of all constitutional, civil and human rights.

CCHR functions solely as a mental health watchdog, working alongside many medical professionals including doctors, scientists, nurses and those few psychiatrists who have taken a stance against the biological/drug model of “disease” that is continually promoted by the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry as a way to sell drugs. It is a non political, non-religious, non-profit organization dedicated solely to eradicating mental health abuse and enacting patient and consumer protections. CCHR’s Board of Advisers, called Commissioners, include doctors, scientists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators,educators, business professionals, artists and civil and human rights representatives.

Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration, established in 1993, is an international network of people helping healthcare providers, policy makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about human health care by preparing, updating, and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews (over 4,000 so far) published online in The Cochrane Library. This is one of the major research resources contributing to the advance of evidence-based medicine and, in the psychiatric rehabilitation world, evidence-based mental health practice.

International Center for Clubhouse Development

ICCD is a global resource for communities creating solutions for people with mental illness. It helps communities around the world create ICCD Clubhouses, which are community centers that give people with mental illness hope and opportunities to reach their full potential. ICCD Clubhouses, now over 300 worldwide, are founded on the realization that recovery from serious mental illness must involve the whole person in a vital and culturally sensitive community. An ICCD Clubhouse community offers respect, hope, mutuality and unlimited opportunity to access the same worlds of friendship, housing, education, healthcare and employment as the rest of society. ICCD promotes the development and strengthening of ICCD Clubhouses; oversees the creation and evolution of standards; facilitates and assures the quality of training, consultation, certification, research and advocacy; and provides effective communication and dissemination of vital research and information. Established in 1994, ICCD is a non-profit and non-governmental organization.

International Harm Reduction Association

The International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) is an international non-governmental organisation promoting policies and practices that reduce the harms from all psychoactive substances, harms which include not only the increased vulnerability to HIV and hepatitis C infection among people who use drugs, but also the negative social, health, economic and criminal impacts of illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco on individuals, communities and society. A key principle of IHRA’s approach is to support the engagement of people and communities affected by drugs and alcohol around the world in policy-making processes, including the voices and perspectives of people who use illicit drugs. This interesting site adds a global persepctive for families struggling in the maelstrom of a co-occuring mental illness and substance abuse disorder.

International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR)

The International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery gathers prominent survivors, professionals, family members, and advocates from around the world to work together for new clinical and social practices towards emotional distress and what is often labeled as psychosis. Based in leading edge research and successful innovations, INTAR believes the prevailing biomedical overreliance on diagnoses, hospitals, and medications has failed to respect the dignity and autonomy of the person in crisis, and that full recovery must be at the center of ethical care. INTAR promotes alternative settings to hospitals and institutions, so that people in crisis called “schizophrenia” and “bipolar” can find the care, connectedness, respect, and interventions they need and elect to use. We understand “madness” and extreme states of distress from a social, holistic, and humanistic perspective.

International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry

ISEPPThe International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP) is an organization of mental health professionals, researchers, parents, families, teachers and others who study and promote safe, humane, life-enhancing approaches to helping people who are diagnosed with mental disorders.  When describing states of being which lead people to be diagnosed with mental disorders it prefers to use non-medical model language such as emotional distress, life crises, difficult dilemmas, spiritual emergencies and overwhelm.  It regards all symptoms as being understandable, meaningful, somewhat functional and potentially useful to the process of learning how to live well. ISEPP uses the standards of scientific inquiry to critique biopsychiatry with its belief that mental disorders are caused by chemical imbalances, genetic dynamics and brain disorders, its medicalization of human experience and its use of drugs as a primary modality of treatment. It opposes the use of drugs and of forced treatment in all but the most dire of circumstances. It promotes approaches that help people use their thoughts, feelings, intentions, perceptions and behavior to learn how to live more the way they want to live.

International Society for the Psychological Treatments of the Schizophrenias and Other Psychoses

International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN)

The mission of ISPN is to unite and strengthen the presence and the voice of specialty psychiatric-mental health nursing while influencing health care policy to promote equitable, evidence-based and effective treatment and care for individuals, families and communities.

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada

Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS) Canada is an association of individuals and organizations committed to the provision and growth of psychosocial rehabilitation services to support the recovery of persons with serious mental health issues. It came into being when the International Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (IAPSRS) split into the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada.

SANE Australia, the national Australian charity supporting individuals with mental illness.

World Federation for Mental Health

 

WFMH is an international membership organization founded in 1948 to advance, among all peoples and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health. The Federation, through its members and contacts in more than 100 countries on six continents, has responded to international mental health crises through its role as the only worldwide grassroots advocacy and public education organization in the mental health field. Its organizational and individual membership includes mental health workers of all disciplines, consumers of mental health services, family members, and concerned citizens. The organization’s broad and diverse membership makes possible collaboration among governments and non-governmental organizations to advance the cause of mental health services, research, and policy advocacy worldwide.

World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders

Based in Toronto, Canada, The World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders (WFSAD) is a global grassroots organization dedicated to lightening the burden of schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses for sufferers and their families. WFSAD strives to increase knowledge, understanding and compassion and reduce the fear, stigma, discrimination and abuse that accompany these difficult conditions. WFSAD and its member organizations focus on the humane treatment of people with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses and on their primary care, which falls frequently upon the family, most often the parents, and can last a lifetime.

World Psychiatric Association

The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies aimed to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill. Its member societies are presently 135, spanning 117 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists. The WPA organizes the World Congress of Psychiatry every three years. It also organizes international and regional congresses and meetings, and thematic conferences. It has 65 scientific sections, aimed to disseminate information and promote collaborative work in specific domains of psychiatry. It has produced several educational programmes and series of books. It has developed ethical guidelines for psychiatric practice, including the Madrid
Declaration (1996).

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