Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry


Peter Stastny and Peter Lehmann (co-editors)

(Ex)users and survivors of psychiatry, therapists, psychiatrists, lawyers, social scientists and relatives report about their alternative work, their objectives and successes, their individual and collective experiences. The book highlights alternatives beyond psychiatry, current possibilities of self-help for individuals experiencing madness, and strategies toward implementing humane treatment.

These are some of the questions addressed by the 61 authors from all continents:

• What helps me if I go mad? How can I find trustworthy help for a relative or a friend in need?
• How can I protect myself from coercive treatment? As a family member or friend, how can I help?
• What should I do if I can no longer bear to work in the mental health field?
• What are the alternatives to psychiatry, how can I get involved in creating alternatives?
• Assuming psychiatry would be abolished, what do you propose instead?


Personal alternatives – Natural healing methods – Intervoice für voice-hearers – Jogging and arts instead of psychiatry – Unusual Belief Groups – Recovery and empowerment – Soteria – Runaway-House Berlin – Second Opinion Society – Trauma informed peer run crisis alternatives – The Crisis Hostel project in Ithaca – Sicilian way to anti¬psychiatry – Windhorse – Hotel Magnus Stenbock – Psychotherapy instead of psychiatry – Open dialogues – Common¬sense solutions for troubled children and teens – Alternatives for minorities and families – To be with people who suffer from dementia – Experi¬ences of gay, straight and bisexual men – MindFreedom International – Enforcing legal rights – INTAR – The Personal Ombudsman in Skåne – PSYCHEX – Advanced directives – Organising, self-help and internet – MindFreedom Ghana – User led research – and much more.

paperback 432 pp.

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