Harm Reduction Meets Mental Health – creating a very useful publication


coming off psych meds

coming off psych drugs

A very interesting publication (also available in format you can print out and fold into booklet) called Harm Reduction and the Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs. Clearly utilising the principles of harm reduction such as ‘informed consent, accurate information to help you make better choices about the drugs you take, supporting alternatives and options to enable and empower you to take control of your drug use’ (in this case psych drugs).

The Icarus Project and Freedom Center‘s 40-page guide ….includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, psychiatric drug withdrawal, information for people staying on their medications, detailed Resource section, and much more. A ‘harm reduction’ approach means not being pro- or anti-medication, but supporting people to make their own decisions balancing the risks and benefits involved. Written by Will Hall, with a 14-member health professional Advisory Board providing research assistance and 24 other collaborators involved in developing and editing. The guide has photographs and art throughout, and a beautiful original cover painting by Ashley McNamara”

It is also easy to use the printer version to print and fold into a booklet (instructions below) for yourself. You can also print multiple copies to distribute, or send to a print shop for color copies and stapling. (Low cost published copies with color covers are available by emailing orders(at)theicarusproject(dot)net, and you can also get multiple copies to distribute.)

Go to the Icarus Projects Website and download the publication. Also available in Spanish and German.

Also – on the same subject (coming off psych meds), its worth having a look at the new UK website

Introducing the Coming Off Psychiatric Meds website

This (new UK) website aims to give you up to date information about psychiatric medication, how it functions and the withdrawal process. It is put together by people who have been prescribed medication and withdrawn from it, and clinicians who have been involved in supporting this process.Research suggests doctors tend to know more about putting people on medication than the actual withdrawal process. It is important therefore to disseminate information about the ‘coming off’ process.

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