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Friday 6th & Saturday 7th May 2022

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This is the first conference of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, and will bring together international experts in the field, and leaders from many different countries.

The three themes underpinning the conference are safe withdrawal from psychiatric medication, alternatives to psychiatric medication, and the need to question the dominance of medication in mental health care. 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the conference will be online.

The main speakers have been confirmed: 

Carina Håkansson 

Carina is co-founder of IIPDW and a licensed psychotherapist with a PhD, who for many years has supported people to withdraw from psychiatric drugs.

She will talk about the Institute’s background, the reason it exists, and share some examples of supporting people in practice.

Bob Whitaker

Bob is an international critic of the psychiatric establishment, and author of ‘Mad in America’ and ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic’.

He will talk about how and why psychiatric medication has taken psychiatry in an unhelpful direction.

Joanna Moncrieff 

Joanna is a London-based critical psychiatrist and researcher, and author of ‘The Myth of the Chemical Cure’ and ‘The Bitterest Pills’. 

She will talk about why psychiatric medication is such a problem.

Laura Delano

Laura is an ex-psychiatric patient from USA who has left the mental health system behind, and now directs two projects: the ‘Inner Compass Initiative’ and ‘The Withdrawal Project’.  

She will talk about psychiatric drug withdrawal, from her own experience. 

Magnus Hald 

Magnus is a psychiatrist at the University Hospital of North-Norway, and is currently setting up one of Norway’s state-sponsored drug-free treatment units in Tromsø. 

He will talk about the background to this ground-breaking initiative, and its progress.


  • Develop research and practice-based knowledge that will facilitate safe reduction of and withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.
  • Contribute to evidence-based practices for reduction of and withdrawal from psychiatric drugs, and facilitate their inclusion in general practice guidelines.
  • Support the human right to informed choice with regard to psychiatric drugs.
  • Promote practices that help families, friends, and practitioners support safe reduction of and withdrawal from psychiatric drugs, and take into account relational and social aspects essential to this process.


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IIPDW is committed as an organization to pursuing and embodying the values of social justice. As part of our work to support, research, and educate about psychiatric drug withdrawal, we see it as integral to uphold the values of anti-racism, gender equity, and support of civil rights for people who identify as LGBTQ+.