CCHR Hosting Month Long Open House for Suicide Prevention Month

CCHR Hosting Month Long Open House for Suicide Prevention Month

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights is hosting a month long open house in September in the hope of bringing attention to the link between antidepressants and teen suicide.

August 31, 2016 ( – The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog organization dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health, is hosting a month long open house in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month.

September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month and according to the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, suicide is the third leading cause of death for teenagers in Florida. However, while mental health organizations are promoting awareness of this issue they are failing to make known the connection between suicide and antidepressants in teens.

That this connection exits is known. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – Psychiatry reported in a March 2013 study on the topic of teen suicide that there is a link between suicide and psychiatric treatment.

The JAMA study reported that the teens were put on psychiatric drugs before they started having suicidal thoughts or making suicide attempts and the drugs did nothing to prevent it. In fact, their own study showed 55% -77% of the teens that developed suicidal behavior did so after being treated with psychiatric medication.

“Tragically, many parents of teenagers are unaware of the connection between psychiatric drugs and teen suicide and so in an effort to help their child they unfortunately may end up putting their teen at an increased risk for suicide,” said Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida.

Whether teen suicide and anti-depressant drugs are related has been presented as a controversial subject by the psychiatric industry. But earlier this year the Telegraph of London quashed psychiatry’s apparent uncertainty.

This article reported that the biggest ever review found that antidepressants can raise the risk of suicide and an analysis of 70 trials of the most common antidepressants – involving more than 18,000 people – found they doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behavior in individuals under the age of 18.

“That it is known that these drugs can lead to teenagers taking their lives and yet they are still prescribed as a solution to the problems faced by adolescence is criminal,” said Diane Stein.

The CCHR National Suicide Prevention Month Open House begins September 1st and runs for the entire month. To learn more, visit


Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the “free world” tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of “mental health”.”

After discovering that 55 percent of foster children in Florida had been prescribed powerful mind-altering psychotropic drugs, CCHR documented the abuse to the health department, which initiated changes that led to a 75 percent reduction in prescriptions for children under six.

Considered a potentially abusive, marketing tool for psychiatrists, CCHR Florida led the charge that got “Teen Screen”, mental health screening of school children, banned from Pinellas County schools in 2005.


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