There is presently a significant international movement consisting both of people with psychiatric experience and of mental health professionals, making clear that: a) Taking psychiatric medication is not the only solution when dealing with a mental health issue, and that, in contrast, there are alternative ways of therapy (even for those under long-term medication treatment).

b) Mental health patients do have legal rights, of which they are usually unaware. For example: they have the right to determine their own treatment, to be informed about the side effects of their medication, to know about alternative approaches, to reject proposed ways of therapy and they have the right to name or appoint a person that they trust in case of hospitalization.


For more information on the rights of mental health patients and medication side effects visit the websites in English: In German: and in Greek: (Observatory for Rights in the Field of Mental Health).


Virginia Ioannidou