The Kiss It ! March - London, February 14th
The Kissit campaign is an opportunity for survivors, users and refusers, friends and allies to make an "in-yer-face" statement by expressing our outrage directly, peacefully and humorously.
We shall generate national and international media coverage and provide a platform for survivors to testify to the shameful methods and practices that are implemented by psychiatry encouraged and facilitated by the State.
We will highlight the issues, raise awareness, and provoke the debate.
... spread the word...
...A rally call to all survivors, users and refusers of the psychiatric system, friends and allies.
After our succesful London March a new event has been planned for Manchester.
Starting with a bed push from Bradford to Manchester on the 13th July.
The main event will kick off at 1:00pm on Thursday 14th July 2005.
It is going to be a stay in one place demo on Piccadilly Gardens in the center of Manchester accompanied by a samba band to liven the event up.
Suggested costumes include wearing a doctors white coat, wear white coats, dressing up as giant syringes or wearing a straightjacket.
Have a Heart!
The methods that are employed by psychiatry, and imposed onto those who experience emotionally vulnerable and volatile states, are often inhuman.
In the clinical environment our requirements and needs are not met and our pleas, cries, explanations and experiences are invalidated and recorded as symptoms.
To ensure individuals do not stray too far from the limited and restricted parameters that define the 'norm', psychiatry implements:
Incarceration, physical restraints, pain compliance techniques, forced drugging, compulsory electro convulsive 'therapy', psychosurgery, coercion and brainwashing.
-all of which demonstrate the defectiveness rather than the effectiveness of psychiatric treatment.
The disturbance we may expereince in our lives is exacerbated and increased many-fold by the aggressive insensitivity and gross inhumanity of such methods. Those who are subjected to these treatments are often damaged and traumatised by them.
We call for urgent and radical reform of the 'mental health' system, and an immediate end to psychiatric assault.
This is a human rights issue.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 5.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Testimony of a survivor: 'Double Crossed'
"Six of them (psychiatric staff) put me in head and arm locks.
I cried out for help.
They dragged me to a cell where I was stripped bare and forced face down on the floor.
Syringes were inserted in my buttocks and I was injected with extremely powerful drugs.
The cell door was bolted and I was left too recede into unconsciousness, utterly alone, terrified and traumatised.
This was done to me repeatedly.
Rubbing salt in the wound they labelled me paranoid. I am now!"
See www.kissit.org for more, or get in touch email@example.com