Psychiatric Survivors This Is My Voice Survey

April 17, 2013

Thank you to all the many users and survivors that have responded to the call from the Working Group of WNUSP to add their voice to strengthening a global movement. We continue to urge you to complete the survey which can be downloaded from the attachment:  THIS IS MY VOICE RESEARCH SURVEY 2013 . We have had an incredible response! Due to this, it is very clear that users and survivors will want to continue to add their voice and so we extend the deadline to 30 April 2015!

We have received responses from all corners of our vast planet. From Africa, we have been told that these are the issues that users and survivors in Africa face:

  • Marginalisation and silence of our voices mostly at the community, policy and legislative level
  • Human rights violation within the community and institutional settings
  • Deprivation of our legal capacity whether through formal and informal processes
  • Rampant stigma and discrimination
  • Archaic and outdated Mental Health Legislation's that serve to oppress us

Across the Atlantic Sea, from the small and beautiful country of Costa Rica, we were told: 


"The human rights issue of ours is a neglected topic that has been now emerging from the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the recognition that this document makes our autonomy in treatment of persons with disabilities a right.

Timidly the state begins to appear to see this, but so far is proving very difficult to convince legislators in Government of  the need for radical legal changes.  We need to move to models of full recognition of legal capacity, respect for personal autonomy and freedom to make decisions about our own lives. States are even less prepared to create support services and reasonable accommodation for us.  

From the country of the rising sun, Japan, we are told that forced hospitalization and treatments is the most important issues!


Members in Japan urge that we unite to become a strong voice and also develop and exchange information on good alternative practices.

From the USA, a members tells us that we need to find "effective ways to support each other as human beings, as individuals with psychosocial disabilities, and the emerging leaders in the movement." USA members speak about an increase in discrimination and that psychiatric torture and violence has not stopped

Many members recognize the problem of language barriers that may weaken our voice but urge us to break this barrier and  "catch voices from grass root all over the world"

We, the working group are inspired by an anonymous message from the most Southern tip of Africa, from South Africa, where a user and survivor stated: "We must build confidence that each and everyone CAN and MUST make a difference.......find one's voice and speak out unashamedly!"

The Working Group will be meeting in May 2013 Cape Town, South Africa together with leaders and experts from all regions of the world. This group of 18 people will consider the responses to this Survey and strategize how to further build a global World Network. More news will follow on this blog: and our twitter account:


Kind Regards

Annie Robb on behalf of the Working Group 2013 


Information on the Working group can be accessed at: