We are petitioning for a safe exit plan
from antidepressants and other psych meds
‘One-size-fits-all‘ tapering guidelines are dangerous
The majority of doctors follow the current ‘one-size-fits-all‘ tapering guidelines; these may suit some of people, but definitely not everybody. Research into personal experience of people needs to be incorporated into new guidelines.
Slow, gradual tapering is ESSENTIAL
Many people are forced by their doctors to taper too quickly. New guidelines should recommend a much slower pace. A more personal approach to tapering would help make tapering safer and more humane.
Low dosage medication needs to be made available
In many countries, psychotropic medication is only available in large dosages, making tapering extra difficult. We need easy access to low dosage medication for antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs to help people all over the world come off these drugs in a safer and easier way.
WHO and UN recommend legislation breakthrough!
On the 9th October 2023, WHO and the UN released a publication entitled “Mental health, human rights and legislation: guidance and practice”, recommending new legistation surrounding psychotropic medication and psychiatric treatment. This is a huge step towards change. Click here to read some exerpts from the publication and to find out how the World Tapering Petition connects with this document.
"Mobilizing public opinion and advocating for change"
No, this is not a World Tapering Day slogan. It is the title of Part 3.1.1 of the WHO/UN/ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights publication.
By signing the WTD petition you can show show lawmakers that public opinion to is urging them to act.
The Powers that Be
are counting on YOU to be silent
This petition is about
The problems surrounding the tapering of psych meds affect millions and millions of people worldwide. Approximately one in four people in Western countries uses antidepressants, benzodiazepines, mood stabilizers, anti-epileptics or antipsychotic drugs.
Worldwide, antidepressant prescribing increased by 35% in six years. Source: CDC
In the UK, an estimated 8.6 million people use antidepressants: approx. 8 ½ % of the population. Source: NHS
In The USA, during 2015–2018, 13.2% of adults aged 18 and over used antidepressant medications. Source: CDC
Check the chart
Check the chart; these numbers are clear. How is it possible that there are still doctors and psychiatrists out there pretending that tapering problems don't exist?
Some doctors blame the patient
Excruciating, prolonged withdrawal symptoms are often blamed on the patient: the patient is mentally unstable, the patient is doing everything wrong, the problems are their own fault.
Check this article by James Davies and John Read
Tapering off antidepressants is HARD
View all WORLD TAPERING DAY 2022 WEBINARS
Last year, World Tapering Day was a three day marathon of webinars. Medical professionals, researchers and people with lived experience from various parts of the world gave their time, energy and support to create a total of 12 webinars. There is lots of useful information in the webinars.
Read more about WTD 2022 and view the webinars.