mental health

Freedom of Mind Resource Center: Mid-Year Update 2018

By |2018-07-12T12:38:24+00:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Steven Hassan speaking at 2018 ICSA conference July 12, 2018, 2018 ICSA Annual Conference Last week, I was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and gave a talk on the Freedom of Mind Approach to helping people raised in cults and dysfunctional families at the 2018 annual ICSA conference. The theme of the conference was "The global [...]

High Control Groups Program Members to Fear Mental Health Help

By |2018-05-24T10:26:24+00:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mental Health Awareness Month May is Mental Health Awareness Month! I wanted to write this blog on how some high control groups program their members away from mental health help.  This is true, especially in the case of Jehovah's Witnesses,  Scientology, The Moonies, as well as countless other high control Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups. A recent murder-suicide [...]

My Week at the IALMH Congress

By |2017-11-21T13:55:51+00:00July 20th, 2017|Categories: News and Updates, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I want to share with you the wonderful experience I had attending the 2017 Congress of International Academy of Law and Mental Health (IALMH) in Prague.  From July 9-14 I was among over 1500 people from over 100 countries who gathered at this event. Being at the congress was a fantastic experience. I truly learned a [...]

Effective Healing Takes Hard Work

By |2017-03-21T10:42:34+00:00February 4th, 2017|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  I’ve written before about why ex-members need to heal themselves before helping others. Even if they’re not interested in becoming a vocal activist against destructive cults, there are plenty of good reasons to learn about undue influence and work on personal recovery.  It still amazes me to encounter incredible ex-member activists who have not [...]

Coping with Post-Election Stress

By |2017-03-21T10:46:05+00:00November 17th, 2016|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog, Current Events|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

  It has been a little over a week since Donald Trump lost the popular vote but won the electoral college delegates needed for the 2016 Presidential election.  Civil rights groups have reported hundreds of hate crimes against women, racial minorities, and Muslims.  Trump supporters have also reported harassment and violence against them.  (I highly recommend [...]

Heal Yourself First, Then Help Others

By |2017-03-21T11:18:45+00:00March 31st, 2016|Categories: Resources and Support, Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

  May 11, 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of my waking up from cult mind control: day five of a deprogramming initiated by my family after I nearly died in van crash. You see, at age 19, I was deceptively recruited into a front group of the Moon cult. I was transformed into a different person [...]