We promote humane, non-coercive mental health services
We are a network of people in the UK promoting the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic environments for people experiencing ‘psychosis’ or extreme states. We are part of an international movement of service users, survivors, activists, carers and professionals fighting for more humane, non-coercive mental health services.
People who hear voices, have visions or experience reality in different ways to those around them — and become overwhelmed by their experiences — are often referred to as experiencing ‘psychosis’. We believe that people can and do recover from difficulties which tend to be categorised under the term psychosis. This recovery can be with, without and sometimes despite psychiatric intervention.
What We Do
Soteria pioneers have written on philosophy, experience and research. Here too are articles and books presenting alternative approaches congruent with Soteria’s, and critical views of the state of psychiatry. Poetry and art are also featured!
Soteria Network is part of a wider movement for radical change in mental health approaches in the 21st century and therefore seeks to convey knowledge and awareness of these through providing links to a range of websites.
Becoming a member shows your support for our work and ensures that you will be kept up to date about Soteria Network events. Though it doesn’t cost anything to join, we do ask you to consider making a donation to the Soteria Network.
News, Views and Events
Soteria has as a first concern the health, safety and well-being of people experiencing mental distress. Many of these have been affected by psychiatric treatments which over time have created additional health hazards - overweight, heart problems, diabetes for...
This article sets out clearly and convincingly why the medical model in mental health is fundamentally flawed, and how psychiatry is essentially different from other branches of medicine, describing the implications of this difference. Recommended! The medical...
Knocking on the doors of psychiatric establishments as Nearest Relative. This article (see link above) is a moving, illuminating and heart breaking account of a mother's encounters and attempts, as her daughter's nearest relative, to have her voice heard. She...