|Manuscript from August 27, 1997
World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP)
accepted as authority by WFMH
At this year's general assembly of the WFMH on July 9th following
resolution was proposed on behalf of George H. Ronald and Peter
Lehmann, members of the World Network of Users and Survivors of
Psychiatry (WNUSP) and members of the European Regional Council
of the World Federation for Mental Health.
We, the (ex-) users and survvivors of psychiatry, gathered
in Lahti, Finland, July 1997 during the World Congress for Mental
Health, have established the World Network of Users and Survivors
of Psychiatry (WNUSP). We have elected an International Panel
of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. The purpose of this
panel is to provide a meaninigful participation to ensure input
and influence for our interests in international organisations
and new international organising initiatives such as the U.N.,
W.H.O., W.F.M.H., etc. We consider ourselfes to be the authority
on (ex-) users' and survivors' issues and demand the right to
be involved in all international affairs including the recently
mentioned WFMH panel. We urge to be accepted as this panel, if
necessary by means of a vote today.
The resolution was accepted by WFMH after a short discussion.