Editorial

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A belief is not an idea held by the mind; it is an idea that holds the mind.

Elly Roselle

We aim to impact society through education. Our purpose is to build awareness, respect, and kindness towards those trapped in the current mental health care system. We will revisit mainstream psychiatry and bring forth a host of information; articles, reports, testimonials, and others. We hope this will propel us to become more critical of the mental health care model where it is failing us and go forward to a more compassionate and tolerant model. We will also share with you inspiring and uplifting news of many who are already working in that direction.

RIP: Ed White – Advocate, Researcher and Supporter

25 October 2021

By James Moore -October 18, 2021 It is with great sadness that we write about the loss of one of our colleagues from the psychiatric drug withdrawal community; Doctor Ed White. Ed was a brave and tireless advocate for the community and spent a great deal of his time advising and supporting others despite his own challenges…. View Article

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

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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

The JAEC Newsletter: March 2021

1 March 2021

JAEC dedicates this Newsletter to Dr. Birgitta Alakare, who passed away on February 19, 2021. ******************************************************************* Spring: Rebirth. Since our last message, the image of the world has not changed much. It has now been a year since we learned to live with the pandemic, the effects of which are devastating for our physical health… 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

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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

The JAEC Newsletter: March 2021

1 March 2021

JAEC dedicates this Newsletter to Dr. Birgitta Alakare, who passed away on February 19, 2021. ******************************************************************* Spring: Rebirth. Since our last message, the image of the world has not changed much. It has now been a year since we learned to live with the pandemic, the effects of which are devastating for our physical health… View Article

The JAEC Newsletter: December 2020

8 December 2020

Walking the Path Toward Christmas: Engaging, Supporting & Collaborating. Although Covid-19 hit us early this year, surprising the whole world and making humanity adapt to new ways of relating, connecting, and communicating, it has not stopped JAEC from going forward. For all of us, Covid has been life-changing.  And yet, amidst these extremely challenging times,… View Article

JAEC Sponsorships, Scholarships & Grants

18 October 2020

By Claudia Esteve Walking the Path: Engaging, Supporting, and Collaborating. The JAEC Foundation was launched in November 2019. Although Covid-19 hit us around March 2020, surprising the whole world and making humanity adapt to new ways of relating, connecting, and communicating, it has not stopped us from going forward and achieving many of our goals…. View Article

RIP: Ed White – Advocate, Researcher and Supporter

25 October 2021

By James Moore -October 18, 2021 It is with great sadness that we write about the loss of one of our colleagues from the psychiatric drug withdrawal community; Doctor Ed White. Ed was a brave and tireless advocate for the community and spent a great deal of his time advising and supporting others despite his own challenges…. View Article

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

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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.

How to Keep Your Feet on the Ground in these Times of Major Upheaval

12 November 2020

By Natasa Arvova How can we remain anchored, aligned, and comfortable in our bodies?How can we stay sane in this time of “general madness”? Dear Friends, The pandemic is carrying us all through a period that is bewildering and very disturbing. For us, psychologically fragile people, this extremely anxiety-provoking global context can destabilize us even… View Article

0:00 / 1:19:40 “HEALING HOMES,” recovery from psychosis without medication

18 October 2020

Healing Homes: An Alternative, Swedish Model for Healing Psychosis. Healing Homes is a program that, in this era of multi-drug cocktails and psychiatric diagnoses-for-life, helps people recover from psychosis without medication. The organization, backed by over twenty years of experience, places people who have been failed by traditional psychiatry in host families — predominately farm… View Article

00:00 / 41:01 Kelly Brogan interviews Beatrice Birch of Inner Fire

18 October 2020

Inner Fire Healing Community. Inner Fire is a proactive healing community offering a choice for adults to recover from debilitating and traumatic life challenges without the use of psychotropic medications. We are not anti-medication but rather believe in the choice to find inner balance and healing without the challenging side effects of psychotropic medications. With… View Article