More than 4,500 people have toured the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum as part of an ongoing effort to expose psychiatric human rights violations.
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 20, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida, a non-profit mental health watchdog working to expose human rights violations in the field of mental health and dedicated to the protection of children, has held over 300 events and toured more than 4,500 people through the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum as part of an ongoing effort to expose psychiatric human rights violations. The museum is open seven days a week and is free to the general public.
Over 4,500 people have toured CCHR’s Psychiatry: An Industry of Death museum, since the opening of the new center located in downtown Clearwater in 2015. The museum presents the unvarnished history of psychiatry exposing decades of human rights violations through a series of multi-media displays. The information presented in the museum uses interviews with more than 160 doctors, attorneys, educators, survivors and experts on the mental health industry and its abuses to tell the story of psychiatric rights violations throughout history.
“People from all walks of life go through the 2-hour self-guided tour of the museum including nursing school students as part of their clinical days and all of them find the experience to be informative and eye opening,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.
CCHR Florida has also hosted or participated in over 300 events designed to educate individuals on their rights under the mental health law of Florida commonly referred to as the Baker Act. According to the Annual Baker Act report, 194,354 people were sent for involuntary psychiatric examinations during fiscal year 2015/2016 and 32,475 of them were children. This figure has more than doubled since 2001 and recent media reports are confirming the fact that specifically the number of children being Baker Acted is on the rise.
“We want to make sure that everyone knows their rights under this law, especially parents since children may legally be sent for involuntary examination without parental knowledge,” said Stein. “The museum tours and events help us to reach more people.”
The museum is open daily and events are held weekly and monthly. Both are open and free to the general public. For more information please call 727-442-8820 8820 or visit the center at 109 N. Fort Harrison Avenue, Clearwater, Florida.
About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health.’” For more information visit, www.cchrflorida.org
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