Sponsor

Please consider sponsoring the 2023 Around-America Tour (public anonymity option) to help raise awareness of how SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants cause suicide, violence and homicide, and may contribute to mass shootings, which is discussed in this 8 minute video.

Video courtesy of Truehope Nutritional Support Ltd.

If you would like to sponsor the tour, or discuss the opportunity, please contact David Carmichael, Executive Director of Canadians for Vanessa’s Law (Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act), at david@knowyourdrugs.org.

Thank you for considering this sponsorship opportunity.

In 2016, the United States had 11% of its population 12 years of age and over taking antidepressants, which was more than any other country in the world. Between 1998 and 2019, the United States accounted for 73% of the mass shootings in developed countries. And the numbers kept increasing. Between 2019 and 2021, mass shootings in America increased 66%, from 417 to 691.

Corporations, for example, that decide to sponsor the 2023 Around-America Tour, will be helping to save lives by educating the public about how SSRI antidepressants cause suicide, violence and homicide, and may contribute to mass shootings.

Public Anonymity Option

With current discussions about mass shootings in the United States focusing almost exclusively on the need for stricter gun control laws, sponsors will have the option of being publicly acknowledged for helping to broaden the narrative to include SSRIs, which could be controversial, or being publicly anonymous to protect, for example, corporate brand images. There will, however, be more sponsorship benefits than public acknowledgement offered to corporations. For example, David Carmichael could facilitate virtual Lunch ‘n’ Learn discussions with employees about the importance of making informed choices about prescription drug use to enhance wellness, reduce absenteeism (including long-term disability) and improve productivity.

Another controversy that might prompt sponsors of the tour to be publicly anonymous is David Carmichael. From 1985 to July 2004, David had a successful career in the sport and physical activity sector, including as Director of National Projects with the Canadian fitness promotion organization ParticipACTION. In July 2004, shortly after starting the SSRI Paxil, David had a psychotic episode and took the life of his 11-year-old son, Ian, in a London, Canada hotel room. He was then charged with first-degree murder, judged not criminally responsible, and institutionalized. David received an absolute discharge from the Ontario Review Board in December 2009.

David and his daughter talked about their family tragedy in the 2017 BBC Panorama film A Prescription for Murder? about Aurora Theater shooter James Holmes, and on The Dr. Oz Show in 2018. In this 2018 Mad in America blog post, David explains how his calm, organized, homicidal behaviour is connected to school shooters.

The Carmichael family tragedy also provided the basis for the CTV W5 episode The Problem with Pills, which aired on October 9, 2021, and David provided insight into his psychotic episode in this interview for the November 12, 2021 episode of “Real Life,” a current affairs show produced by Channel 7 News in Australia.