CCHR Provides Nursing Students With Vital Information

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Nashville set up a booth at the National Student Nurses Association Convention to brief nursing students and encourage them to report human rights abuses in the field of mental health.

CCHR Nashville booth at student nursing convention

More than 78 million people take psychiatric drugs in the United States alone, according to IMS Health, a company that provides information, services and technology for the healthcare industry. Of those, 1 million are infants and children 5 years old and younger.

In April, CCHR volunteers attended the National Student Nurses Association convention, held this year at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Thousands of nursing students and faculty attended the conference, many of whom visited the CCHR booth where they received educational materials and had the opportunity to have their questions answered on the subject of psychiatric treatments.

On seeing the materials, one nursing student said, “I’ve seen ECT performed, and I was horrified.” Another told a personal story of a younger brother who began having seizures after taking psychiatric drugs. Many nursing students offered ideas of alternatives and were grateful to CCHR for providing documentaries and important information that they can use as they begin their careers.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. The group investigates and acts on reports of abuse in the field of mental health and encourages people to alert them to situations where persons experience abuse or damage because of false diagnosis or unwanted and harmful psychiatric treatment, psychiatric drugs, electroshock (ECT) and electronic or magnetic brain stimulation (TMS). CCHR will help victims file complaints and can work with a person’s attorney to further investigate the case. To contact CCHR Nashville for more information, visit

Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a nonprofit charitable mental health watchdog co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and professor of psychiatry Dr. Thomas Szasz. It is dedicated to eradicating psychiatric abuse and ensuring patient protection.

With headquarters in Los Angeles, California, CCHR International guides a global human rights advocacy network of some 180 chapters across 34 nations. CCHR Commissioners include physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, government officials, educators and civil rights representatives.


Categories: Nursing

Tags: CCHR, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, ECT, human rights abuse, National Student Nurses Association convention, nursing students, psychotropic drugs, TMS

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