This weekend, from the 27th to 29th of June, Cork’s City Hall plays host to a ‘Mental Health Awareness Weekend’. While ostensibly organised by the “Citizen’s Commission for Human Rights Ireland”, this is in reality a front group set up by the Church of Scientology to campaign against psychology and psychiatry, with their event this weekend going so far as to feature lectures from a ‘Dianetics counsellor’.
As you can read on their website http://www.cchr.ie they believe that “psychiatrists ruin lives and undermine society at huge cost” and that each of “ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression or schizophrenia” is an “invented psychiatric disorder”. One of the aims listed on the site is to “ban psychiatric drugs labelling them a human rights abuse”. Their site advises visitors to “support legislative measures that will protect children from psychiatric and psychological interference and which will remove their destructive influence from Irish schools” and says that “psychiatric and psychological services should not be funded by the State” and to “Remove psychiatrists as advisors or counsellors from police forces, prisons, criminal and drug rehabilitation and parole services. Do not permit them to give opinions about or to treat drug addiction, criminal behavior and delinquency”
In the words of Scientology’s current leader, David Miscavige, addressing the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) in 1995: “Objective One – place Scientology at the absolute forefront of Society. Objective Two – eliminate psychiatry in all its forms. We don’t care what the current think is regarding what’s wrong with the planet. Government won’t handle it. Politics won’t handle it. Legislation won’t handle it. All that’s going to handle it is what we, of the IAS, have set down in stone. Let’s get rid of psychiatry, and let’s bring Scientology to every man, woman and child on this planet.”
You can learn more about the CCHR at the following websites: