Co-edited by Peter Stastny and Peter Lehmann, the publisher says:
” The great book of alternatives to psychiatry around the world. The book highlights alternatives beyond psychiatry, current possibilities for self-help for individuals experiencing madness or depression, and strategies toward implementing humane treatment.
Sixty-one authors – (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry, therapists, psychiatrists, lawyers, social scientists and relatives from all five continents – report about their alternative work, their objectives and successes, and their individual and collective experiences.
These are some of the questions, which are addressed by the authors: What helps me if I go mad or depressive? How can I find trustworthy help for a relative or a friend in need? How can I protect myself from coercive treatment? As a family member or friend, how can I help? What should I do if I can no longer bear to work in the mental health field? What are the alternatives to psychiatry? How can I get involved in creating alternatives? Assuming psychiatry would be abolished, what do you propose instead?”