Short bio: Born in 1950 in Calw (Black Forest), Germany. Survived psychiatric treatment in the 1970s. Certified pedagogue and independent social scientist, publisher, author, medical journalist and freelance activist of humanistic antipsychiatry in Berlin.
In 1986, foundation of Peter Lehmann Publishing and Mail-order Bookstore (Germany), in 2003, founding of a branch in UK, 2004-2015 in USA. Since 1990, co-editor of the Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (United Kingdom). Blogger at Mad in America. Associate of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal. More see Curriculum vitae, Wikipedia, Researchgate, & Facebook.
In 1980, co-founder of a self-help group of (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry and advising in psychiatric drugs and withdrawal until 1989. In 1987, co-founder of PSYCHEX (alliance of lawyers, doctors and survivors of psychiatry to support people who are incarcerated in psychiatric institutions in Switzerland; since 2015, also PSYCHEXODUS); since then, board member. In 1989, co-founder of the Organisation for the Protection from Psychiatric Violence (running the Runaway House Berlin: house for people seeking shelter from psychiatric violence, opened in 1996). In 1991, co-founder of the European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP); from 1997 to 1999, Chair of ENUSP; until 2010, board member. From 1994 to 2000, board member of the German organisation of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (BPE). In 1997, co-founder of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP). From 1997 to 2000, member of the Executive Committee of Mental Health Europe, then the European section of the World Federation for Mental Health. More see Memberships.
In 2010, awarded an Honorary Doctorate in acknowledgement of "exceptional scientific and humanitarian contribution to the rights of the people with psychiatric experience" by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). In 2011, awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in acknowledgement of service to the community by the President of Germany.
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