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Seminar: Biochemical causes of mental health disorders

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"What are the Biochemical Causes of Mental Health Disorders?"

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights are hosting two seminars with Dr Janelle Sinclair, a Biochemist and Natural Medicine Practitioner, who will be speaking on Wednesday, 22 OCTOBER on the topic of "What are the Biochemical Causes of Mental Health Disorders?"

Dr Sinclair helped open the CCHR NZ Mental Health and Human Rights Exhibition on 6 October, marking the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week, in the middle of Newmarket’s shopping district, on 163 Broadway Road.

"The purpose of hosting the seminar is to provide a place where people can find out about other options to current intrusive psychiatric practices," said Steve Green, director of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a mental health watchdog group that was established by the Church of Scientology.

The exhibition has been travelling around the world and is currently in Auckland for the month of October. There are a mixture of information panels and video documentaries that show the history of psychiatry from the bedlam days through to Nazi Germany and their eugenics programmes, and the introduction of lobotomies, shock therapies and drugs.

The Commission, which was established in New Zealand in 1976, was the first to expose the human rights abuse and torturous treatments performed on children in Lake Alice psychiatric hospital, and it was CCHR that pursued these cases on behalf of the victims right through to a government apology and $13 million paid out in compensation in 2001 and 2002.

Because there were no real safeguards ensuring such abuse would never occur again, CCHR took their case to the United Nations Committee Against Torture and over a period of four years, the UNCAT wrote to the NZ Government requiring they adopt protective measures for all people incarcerated in psychiatric facilities and prisons so as their human rights could not be violated.

CCHR continues to investigate all forms of human rights abuse in mental health, including the use of restraints, seclusion, electric shock and the indiscriminate use of psychiatric labelling and drugs.

"It is more and more the consensus that compulsory treatment in psychiatry is looked upon as a form of punishment and even torture," said Mr Green and he would like to hear about anyone’s experience with their story of psychiatric abuse.

"People are becoming more aware of alternatives to mainstream psychiatry and their reliance on drugs and electric shock and CCHR is always keen to help raise awareness in this area," said Mr Green.

The seminars will take place on Wednesday 22 October at 3.30pm and 6.00pm. The exhibition is open from 10:30am to 8pm each day until October 31 at 163 Broadway, Newmarket. These are free events.

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