The new edition! Ten more mental health experts join the original 27
to illustrate the social, cultural, and geopolitical consequences of
Trump’s psychological dangerousness.
The original book of 27 experts offered our consensus view that Trump’s
mental state presents a clear and present danger to our nation and individual
For a safer world
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO TALK ABOUT A PRESIDENT’S MENTAL HEALTH?
To watch a recording of the panelist presentations, please click below:
Critical Mental Health Questions for Robert Mueller
Washington, DC, and nationwide locations — At our online town hall on 23 July 2019, we opened with a 10-minute highlights video from our interdisciplinary conference in March, a 6-minute video illustrating our report on the Special Counsel’s report from April, and a presentation of five critical questions we were posing to Robert Mueller on the day before his testimony. The same content was provided to Congress members in a private session earlier that day.
To watch the live stream of our town hall, please click below:
Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div. – forensic psychiatrist and violence expert at Yale School of Medicine
Edwin B. Fisher, Ph.D. – clinical psychologist at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Leonard L. Glass, M.D., M.P.H. – psychiatrist at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School
James R. Merikangas, M.D. – forensic neuropsychiatrist and violence expert at George Washington University
James Gilligan, M.D. – forensic psychiatrist and violence expert at New York University School of Law
Click here to download pdf of conference information.
WHO WE ARE
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH COALITION
Meet the 37 authors of the book and thousands of other professionals who have come together in historically unprecedented ways to offer our consensus view that Donald Trump’s mental state presents a clear and present danger to the nation and the world.
An ethics conference on the topic at Yale School of Medicine in April 2017 drew national attention and led to the first book, which became an instant New York Times bestseller and the Washington Post’s “most courageous book of the year.” Demands for an update gave rise to a second book, which was released in March 2019. Meanwhile, we have become the nation’s first and largest mental health professionals-only organization to address the issue of dangerous mental instability in the highest office of the land. Joining with our international partners, we have recently renamed ourselves the World Mental Health Coalition (formerly the National Coalition of Concerned Mental Health Experts).
While Mr. Trump in the office of the U.S. presidency is our greatest and most immediate concern, we are also working toward prevention by helping humanity to build for itself a healthier and more sustainable world where impaired leaders are less likely to rise to power. While we can assess societal mental health, we cannot improve it on our own. Multidisciplinary partnerships are necessary to that end, which is why we began with an interdisciplinary conference with the release of the second book. Subsequently, we performed a mental capacity evaluation based on the Mueller report (mental capacity is a basic requirement for fitness) and presented it at an online town hall the day before Robert Mueller’s testimony. Upcoming in September 2019, we will hold a conference at Yale Law School around the need for mental health experts to be a part of national discourse. We believe that a healthy and empowered polity must have access to facts as well as to expertise.
We are not the ‘Duty to Warn’ group: Duty to Warn (https://www.adutytowarn.org/ and https://twitter.com/duty2warn) is a political group that continues to copy and to claim ownership of our efforts. Multiple mental health professionals, including the editor, have asked to be taken off their Super PAC, as we object to using professional credentials to donate to a political party, to support specific candidates, and to solicit big partisan donors, but they have refused. We also do not diagnose, suggest political solutions, or approve of presenting themselves as a group of “mental health professionals” when most members are laypersons. We are professionals who oppose the use of our work to political ends, especially without our consent.
We take ethics seriously: Both the president and the vice president of this organization have been staunch defendants of the Goldwater rule for decades. This is why we consider what the American Psychiatric Association has done under this administration to be especially egregious. It failed to clarify to the public that the Goldwater rule is an affirmative obligation: that we participate in activities that improve the community and better public health—and educate the public when asked about a public figure while refraining from diagnosis. By inflating the “do not diagnose” part while suppressing the “educate to better public health” part, it gagged an entire profession and protected a destructive government. We object to this politicization of psychiatric ethics by placing a public figure (who is not a patient) over public health and safety (our primary responsibility).
More on the political use of the Goldwater rule is explained here: