We offer services of support to victims and their families who have experienced human rights violation in the mental health area due to lack of informed consent, forced treatments, or abusive actions by professionals. Providing a clear list of rights and assistance in documentation right through to achieving redress to a victim and their families is key to helping to move forward in life.
What are your basic rights?
It's not normal to receive abusive actions that are masqueraded as 'help', forced treatments, or treatments where the side effects and short/long term damage have not been fully and carefully explained.
Abusive actions can include beatings, sexual violations, ECT, seclusions and psychotropic drugging. These issues are a clear and direct travesty of justice and must be rectified immediately.
See here for a full list of your basic human rights in mental health and why it's really important for you to know these.
What to do if you've been abused and how to make a complaint
If you've been abused or are helping someone who has been abused then you need look no further than CCHR NZ for help. There is no reason to do this alone and our investigators are more than willing to support you through this process as best they can. See here for the basic and simple actions that you can take and know that we can help to guide you through this process in order to seek redress.
Education and Side effects search engine
Education, research and statistics are an important factor in any field and in helping arm people with knowledge. It's important to recognise the difference between Medicine and Opinion, and why you should ask questions and do your own research before accepting a possible diagnosis or treatment. Find out more information, what you can do, and the side effects of drugs as warned by the drug companies themselves.
The who, what and why of mental health
Mental health breaks can happen to anyone at any time. Just why we break is strongly linked to a number of key things such as but not limited to a painful experience, prolonged lack of sleep, abuse, stress, undernourishment, or a number of these factors all together. An experience can range from general exhaustion and exhasperation or loss of vitality right through to a complete loss of reality. The normal recourse of action is to go to our loved ones or friends however this isn't always an option and other courses of actions take place. Find out more about the process here.
Looking for and treating the real cause of mental health issues
Finding the actual causes of mental health issues can be very simple or more involved depending on the individual but at the end of the day there is no scientific or medical diagnosis which can be applied. It's important to note that health professionals can only make an opinion based assessment and that is why it is important to seek a thorough investigation into possible and actual causes of symptoms by a competent health professional. It has been shown that a large number people suffering from symptoms have underlying health issues which have been overlooked but once treated they're symptoms disappear.
Legislation issues and change assistance
Exploring legislative issues and change is a natural part of the process when dealing with the individuals who have had experiences in mental health, be it as a patient, or professional, a family member, or a friend. We can guide you in the complaints and legislative processes should you wish to take this course of action.