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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


Here is something for the diary ☺️

RxISK Newsletter (September 2016)

Great resource for detailed descriptions of side effects of psychotropic medication and reduction approaches

Daniels case.

Words alone can not express our sincere thanks, warm appreciation and gratitude for ALL INVOLVED who have made this possible.
A very special thank you must go to a farmer ( a Diary Farmer ) a dear friend who choses to remain anonymous…whose son’s life ended tragically while on psychotropic drugs… and who upon hearing of Garth’s plight was determined that this would not happen to Garth.
…this farmer introduced me to Professor Peter Gotzsche… ( whom the farmer describe as an exocet missile needed to unsettle psychiatry in the State of Victoria)… here in Australia… Peter put up a letter sent to him from Garth at the C.E.P. conference at Roehampton University in London… that got the attention of the international community… Thank you Peter…and of course Dr.Jock McLaren…

On ‎22‎/‎06‎/‎2016 at 9:01 AM, “Philip Benjamin” wrote: >
>On 21 June 2016 at 22:03, Niall McLaren >wrote:
>Follow-up here.
> >garth-daniels-case/
>Niall McLaren
>Brisbane, Australia
>Congratulations Garth, Niall, and all involved in a wonderful >effort to
>free Garth to begin his journey of recovery, and welcome to >Queensland,
>Bernard, Garth, and all!
>So many clinicians who are unfortunately stuck in abusive, >controlling
>systems will see the benefits of the approach described in the >following
>passage. Many would wish for the opportunity to provide the >simple, ethical
>interventions you outline here,
>”While walking through a local shopping centre with his parents, >he turned
>and saw two security guards walking toward them. Their uniform is >very
>similar to that of the Victorian Police; thinking they were police >coming
>to arrest him, Garth panicked, but the guards walked past. His >parents
>tried to settle him, but he remained edgy and irritable for the >rest of the
>day. That evening, he began acting in a way they had often seen in >the
>hospital, saying things like: “My schizophrenia is really bad >tonight, I’ve
>just had a visual hallucination.” His agitation settled after a 90- >minute
>consultation and, the next morning, he was back to normal.” >
>especially compared to the messages about power and institutional >rigidity
>here –
>” Professor after professor has described him as suffering “a >brittle
>psychosis” that requires extreme treatment. He has been seen as >quite
>likely the most dangerous man in the state’s entire history. While >the
>total cost to the taxpayers has been well more than $10 million, >the
>benefits of this prodigious diversion of resources to one (rather >small)
>man have been underwhelming. The cost to Daniels and his family >has been
>The question arises, is there a conventional wisdom that supports >these
>excessive costs for “treatment as usual”, in a system which is >built on the
>authority of those who have most to gain by its perpetuation? >
>The system seems needlessly inhumane, certainly with doubtful >human rights
>concerns at least, as well as adding significantly more strain on >family
>and staff members who carry the burden of ineffective treatment. >
>No wonder many families who hear about open dialogue travel to >Finland to
>find treatment.
>Best Wishes
>Philip Benjamin
>(+61) 0418 887 007
>(+44) 07482 700 287
>”Dreaming is free”, Blondie, 1979