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Celebrities to Protest APA’s Plan to Screen All 52 Million School Children for Mental Health


News Advisory:

-- Advisory from Citizens Commission on Human Rights:

WHEN: Sunday, May 22, 2:45 pm to 4 pm

WHERE: International Plaza at the Georgia World Congress Center - Downtown Atlanta


Danny Masterson (That 70’s Show)

Michelle Stafford (CBS’s The Young and Restless)

Marisol Nichols (Steven Bochco’s Blind Justice on ABC)

Celebrities will be available for media interviews.

MEDIA CONTACT: Marla Filidei - 213-798-3706

EVENT: Celebrities, civic and state leaders, parents and children take to the streets in a march to protest the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) plans to screen all 52 Million US school children for “mental disorders,” an initiative they say will swell the already epidemic numbers of children being prescribed mind-altering drugs, despite the lack of medical or scientific evidence establishing the validity of psychiatry’s “disorders.”

There are already over 8 million children taking cocaine-like stimulants and antidepressants other psychotropic drugs in the United States. The APA’s plans for universal mental screenings of children could more than quadruple this number to 40 million in the next decade.

Given the international publicity and recent FDA warnings over the serious side-effect risks of these drugs, which include suicide, violent behavior, rare blood disorders, heart irregularities, and even death, the APA’s screening plan has outraged parents who say they have not been fully informed about the subjective and unscientific nature of the questionnaires used to screen children which can lead to drug prescriptions.

Such questions include:

-- “In the past month, how much of a problem have you had with feeling unhappy or sad?”

-- “Has there been a time when you felt you couldn’t do anything well or that you weren’t as good-looking or as smart as other people?”

-- “Has there been a time when you couldn’t think as clearly or as fast as usual?”

Any child undergoing the APA’s mental screening is at risk of being diagnosed and drugged simply by filling out a questionnaire at school.

The celebrities are speaking out for all parents’ rights to refuse psychiatry’s plan for universal mental screening and drugging of their children, and to reinforce a parent’s right to just say no.


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