Tour

2023 Around-America Tour

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In each city on the tour, there will be two events: 1) Public Forum on Mass Shootings and SSRI Antidepressants, and 2) Documentaries about the Harms of Psychiatric Drugs.

Public Forums on Mass Shootings and SSRI Antidepressants

SSRI Antidepressants

For more than three decades, SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants have been promoted based on the false claim that they cure a chemical imbalance in the brain. 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. Although SSRIs have been very helpful to about 15% of the consumers, many people have been harmed by side effects that they were not aware of when they were prescribed this type of antidepressant.

As stated at Antidepressant Risks, “the most dangerous time for those who react adversely to antidepressants is the first few weeks after going on them, around any change of dose (up or down), during and after withdrawal.” Some of the adverse reactions can 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.

Mass Shootings in America

Mass shootings (more than 4 people shot or killed, not including the shooter) increased 66% in the United States between 2019 and 2021 (417 to 691). Between 1998 and 2019, the United States accounted for 73% of the mass shootings in developed countries. Many of more than 3,500 mass shooters in America since 2013 , for example, were on SSRIs. Here is a list of 37 mass shooters on antidepressants.

Two-Part Public Forums

There will be two parts to each Public Forum on Mass Shootings and SSRI Antidepressants. Both parts will be facilitated by David Carmichael. In July 2004, David experienced psychosis shortly after starting the SSRI antidepressant Paxil, and took the life of his 11-year-old son, Ian, in Canada. He was then charged with first-degree murder, judged not criminally responsible, and institutionalized. He received an absolute discharge from the Ontario Review Board in December 2009.

Individuals can attend one or both parts of the public forum. Refreshments, including sandwiches, will be provided after Part 1. There will be no registration requirement for either part.

  1. 11 to 11:30am – During the first part of the public forum, David will be delivering the 15 minute presentation How SSRI Antidepressants Cause Suicide, Violence and Homicide, which includes him providing insight into his own homicidal psychotic episode, followed by a discussion about preventing SSRI-induced suicides, violence and homicides.
  2. 12 to 1:30pm – In the second part of the public forum, there will be a screening of the 2017 BBC Panorama documentary A Prescription for Murder? about Aurora Theater shooter James Holmes. The film includes an interview with David and his daughter. At the beginning of his interview (16:28 in the film), David shakes the hand of the forensic examiner after he was introduced to him by a homicide detective, shortly after being arrested and charged with first-degree murder. His calm psychotic behavior is similar to many mass shooters. After the screening, there will a discussion about the possible connection between mass shootings and SSRI antidepressants.

David shared his connection to school shooters in a 2018 Mad in America blog post, and talks about mass shootings and SSRI antidepressants in this 2 minute video.

Documentaries about the Harms of Psychiatric Drugs

4 to 6pm: Medicating Normal (trailer)Medicating Normal is the untold story of what can happen when profit-driven medicine intersects with human beings in distress. During the film, prominent psychiatrists and scientific experts explain how it came to pass that – shockingly – one in five Americans take psychiatric drugs daily, and often for many years. They reinforce the fact that debilitating side-effects including addiction are common, yet not commonly acknowledged.

7 to 9pm: Letters from Generation Rx (trailer) – The shattering side-effects of prescription psychiatric drugs are exposed in this sobering documentary, which sensitively weaves together accounts of the lives destroyed by the medicines that were intended to heal them. Challenging the belief that medication is the best solution to mental health problems, this powerful film explores the science behind antidepressants and their effects on the brain.

Cities

After the location of the event in a city has been confirmed, detailed event flyers for each of the two components will be posted.

  1. Los Angeles, California – January 26
  2. Albuquerque, New Mexico – February 16
  3. Houston, Texas – March 2
  4. Jacksonville, Florida – March 16
  5. Charlotte, North Carolina – March 23
  6. Washington, DC – April 6
  7. New York, New York – April 20
  8. Boston, Massachusetts – April 27
  9. Cleveland, Ohio – May 11
  10. Chicago, Illinois – May 19
  11. Minneapolis, Minnesota – May 26
  12. Seattle, Washington – June 16