Australia is experiencing a tidal wave of psychiatric drugging. In a population of 25.4 million, there were 42.7 million prescriptions written for psychiatric drugs in 2020/2021. Over $10 billion is spent annually on mental health. Of great concern is the growing number of children and teenagers on antidepressants when no antidepressant is approved for use in children under the age of 18 for depression (175,000 children aged 0-19 in 2019).

Considering the huge increases in psychiatric drug consumption over the last twenty years – drugs we are told are nothing short of miraculous – why aren’t we doing better? This compelling documentary details the real story of what lies behind the ever-increasing psychiatric funding and drugging of our children and society.

Watch Psychiatry: Friend or Foe? The Untold Story of Australian Psychiatry. It is vital information everyone needs to know.


  • Side effects of psychiatric drugs can persist for months, if not years, after stopping them. Click here to learn more
  • You can find more details on the side effects of psychiatric drugs in the Psychiatric Side Effects Search Engine
  • To specifically search for international studies and warnings on psychiatric drugs see this page Drug Warnings

  • Caution: No one should stop taking any psychiatric drug without the advice and assistance of a competent medical doctor. The information on this website is not medical advice and should not be considered as medical advice. Competent medical advice should always be sought.

Psychiatric Abuse Report Form

The Psychiatric Abuse Report Form is for you to complete and report psychiatric abuse in Victoria to CCHR.

Please complete the form (click here) and send it to CCHR Victoria. We will contact you once we received the form.

Please note, CCHR does not provide legal or medical advice.

Psychiatric Side Effects Search Engine

CCHR created this psychiatric drug side effects search engine to provide the public with easily understandable information on the documented risks of psychiatric drugs. It is provided as a free public service by CCHR International.


There are many actions you can take: speak out, become a member of CCHR, make a donation, get better informed, and help us inform others. Social media networks like Facebook and Twitter are a great way to help spread awareness by sharing key information and updates on current issues

Mission Statement

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious mental health organisation. Its mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections

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