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About CCHR

Download and read this free CCHR publication: Citizens Commission on Human Rights - The International Mental Health Watchdog.


The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3), public benefit organization whose purpose is to restore human rights to the field of mental health by ensuring that criminal abuses are speedily investigated and prosecuted and that people’s rights are legally protected.

The mission of CCHR is to expose and eradicate violations of human rights by the field of psychiatry.

CCHR works shoulder–to–shoulder with like–minded groups and individuals who share a common purpose to clean up the field of mental health. We shall continue to do so until psychiatry’s abusive and coercive practices cease and human rights and dignity are returned to all.

One of CCHR’s primary concerns with psychiatry is its unscientific diagnostic system. Unlike medical diagnosis, psychiatrists categorize symptoms only, not disease. Jeffrey A. Schaler, Ph.D., says, “The notion of scientific validity, though not an act, is related to fraud. Validity refers to the extent to which something represents or measures what it purports to represent or measure. When diagnostic measures do not represent what they purport to represent, we say that the measures lack validity… The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM–IV) published by the American Psychiatric Association is notorious for low scientific validity.”

Understanding this fraudulent diagnostic premise, we can see why psychiatry and psychology, entrusted with billions of dollars to eradicate the problems of the mind, have created and perpetuated them. Their drug panaceas cause senseless acts of violence, suicide, sexual dysfunction, irreversible nervous system damage, hallucinations, apathy, irritability, anxiousness, psychosis and death. And with virtually unrestrained psychiatric drugging of so many of our schoolchildren, it is no surprise that the largest age group of murderers today are our 15–to–19–year–olds.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International was established in 1969 by the late Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York, Syracuse, and the Church of Scientology.

Through stigmatizing labels, unscientific diagnoses, easy seizure commitment laws and brutal, depersonalizing “treatments,” thousands around the world suffer under psychiatry’s coercive system every day. It is a system that exemplifies human rights abuse. Modern psychiatry still has no scientific veracity and knows and admits it, but keeps up the charade for the sake of profit.

By depicting those they label mentally ill as a danger to themselves or others, psychiatrists have convinced governments and courts that depriving such individuals of their liberty, is mandatory for the safety of all concerned. Wherever psychiatry has succeeded in this campaign, extreme abuses of human rights have resulted.

As a result of CCHR’s efforts, numerous legal safeguards and protections against arbitrary psychiatric incarceration and the use of violent restraint procedures have been secured in many countries.

With proper medical, not psychiatric, screening, a majority of people brought to institutions could avoid the life of mind-altering drugs and destitution that psychiatry delivers.

Through the broad dissemination of CCHR’s internet sites, books, thousands of newsletters, free booklets and pamphlets, more and more patients, families, professionals, lawmakers and countless others are becoming educated on the truth about psychiatric fraud and abuse, and that effective action can and should be taken.

Today, 250 chapters strong in 34 countries, CCHR has established itself as a powerful human rights advocacy group and each year presents its Human Rights Awards to individuals who display exemplary courage in the worldwide fight for the restoration of basic human rights in the mental health area.

About CCHR St. Louis


CCHR of St. Louis, Inc. is the chapter in St. Louis, Missouri with responsibility for Missouri and other midwestern states. CCHR St. Louis operates primarily on contributions, most of which are individual charitable donations.

CCHR St. Louis was incorporated in 1989 in Missouri as a not for profit corporation and is recognized by the IRS and the state of Missouri as a tax exempt organization.

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