What I have learnt from helping thousands of people taper off antidepressants and other psychotropic medications

4 May 2021

By Adele Framer First Published March 16, 2021 *******************************************************  Introduction Although psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes have been recognized since the 1950s – recent studies confirm antidepressant withdrawal syndrome incidence upwards of 40% – medical information about how to safely go off the drugs has been lacking.1–4 To fill this gap, over the last 25 years, patients have developed… View Article


CANDIDACY 2021 Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psychiatry – OPEN DIALOGUE

8 April 2021

By Birgitta Alakare & JAEC Foundation (March 22, 2020) ******************************************************** “From ‘experts’ we have to become ‘dialogicians’, such that we can be more relaxed in our work, and find, together with the service-users, more perspectives on their life situations. The families of and the service-users themselves have been transformed from objects of our treatment methods… View Article

In Memoriam: Birgitta Alakare

26 February 2021

By Sandra Steingard, MD (February 22, 2021) ******************************************************** On February 19, 2021, the world lost Birgitta Alakare, the former chief psychiatrist at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland and a pioneer in the development of Open Dialogue. An accomplished physician and family therapist, she authored many professional and scientific articles and taught and lectured around the world…. View Article

Parenthèse Paccot-Dessus

28 November 2020

The association Parenthèse Paccot-Dessus combines support for people in difficult situations and the preservation of the alpine heritage. By giving people struggling with a complicated life-path the opportunity to find peace in nature and reintegrate into their communities through a meaningful contribution to society, the Parenthèse Paccot-Dessus association embodies a double mission: Supporting individuals coping with mental distress and safeguarding the regional heritage.

Birgitta Alakare: Geneva Prize 2021

14 June 2020

On the 31st of March, the JAEC Foundation, in collaboration with SO-PSY, the Swiss Society of Social Psychiatry, submitted the candidacy of Dr. Birgitta Alakare for the Geneva Prize for Human Rights in Psychiatry ( Dr. Alakare’s work in social psychiatry is remarkable and visionary. Thanks to her courage, intelligence, sensitivity and innovative spirit, the OPEN DIALOGUE approach was established in Western Lapland, where she was the head psychiatrist during the 1980s. After these beginnings, and for the last 40 years, it has continued to expand to more and more countries.