Digital Version of Asylum Magazine issue 24.4

Asylum Text 24.4 electronic.pdf

Child Abuse & Neglect: Alert 25 November-02 December

Three of these 11 articles are open access, and could be of interest to clinicians who support victims of these abuses, and the victims themselves

Free Event! Young People’s Experiences of Family Violence Melbourne

Psychosis and Society Professor Peter Gotzsche and Robert Whitaker Lecture Tour Australia and New Zealand Feb. 2018

Dear Bill

Thanks for posting this, it will be fascinating to see how these talks are received.

It’s an interesting time, for example, with Lynne Malcolm (All in the Mind, on ABC RN) speaking to progressive thinkers like Peter Kinderman, Flick Grey and Mike Slade in quick succession.

Regarding the medication issues, this simple approach was posted today on the DISSOC list, which some on this list will have seen: "A rule of thumb is to take one month for each taper for every year on antidepressants."

In this approach, a "taper" is some step down amount – a small part of the dose being reduced – often 10%, so reducing to 90% at the first taper, 80% at the second, etc.)

It would be great of the College of Psychiatry, or of General Practice were to produce some standards for de-medicating (and perhaps for de-diagnosing as well, at some point). I wonder if we might hear that something about this as a result of the tour.

And I would like to add a reminder to other readers that Bob Whittaker and his supporters’ web site is as well as the tour site,

Also, you might not have seen that Will Hall’s book Outside Mental Health: Voices And Visions Of Madness is now available for free download.


Best Wishes
Philip Benjamin(+61) 0418 887 007

(+44) 07482 700 287

On 14 November 2017 at 22:52, bill thomson <wjt1952> wrote:

Dear Phil,

Our plans are going very well. In Feb 2018 we have Peter Gotzsche and Bob Whitaker on a 3 week lecture tour : Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Christchurch, Wellington Hamilton and Auckland. For more info. and bookings see our site at A mention to your group would be appreciated.



Week in Review – Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care


The Programme / Il Programma – The right and opportunity to have a whole life

Wonderful opportunity to hear about many approaches to the new psychiatry – the one based on co-design and the protection of the human rights of people within services

Michelle Dalton on World Hearing Voices Day

‘Voice hearers like myself were once written off – we’re due our own revolution and civil rights movement’

Many happy returns!

Philip Benjamin
MHN RN (Aus) BEd MMind&Soc
(+44) 07482 700 287
(+61) 0418 887 007

22 August, 2017 01:12


I was sorry l that you don’t provide any references for your statement on your page, that

"schizophrenia destroys brain tissue. Studies have shown the longer duration of untreated psychosis, the higher degree of neurotoxicity and worse prognosis and outcomes".

I would love to see any evidence you have in support of this shocking statement.

Thanks in advance

Philip Benjamin
MHN RN (Aus) BEd MMind&Soc
(+44) 07482 700 287
(+61) 0418 887 007

Online conference may be of interest
Philip Benjamin
(+44) 07482 700 287
(+61) 0418 887 007

OHCHR | World needs “revolution” in mental health care – UN rights expert