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Wicklow Casper Conference

PresentationWell, I did it. I survived the conference with Maria, I didn’t run out the side door and she didn’t have to slap me; well not too hard anyway. Maria was fabulous and I couldn’t have asked for a more experienced ally.


She was able to give people a real feel for her son Toran, along with an abundance of science behind drug-induced deaths. The stories we heard on Saturday were tragic and very avoidable, but hopefully we can inform the future generation and stop the madness that SSRIs are inducing. 

Maria is the CEO of Casper NZ. New statistics have shown that in the groups which Casper has helped, there has been a 20% reduction in deaths by suicide. For young people that is a stunning reversal, because in the previous year there had been a 45% increase in 15-19 year olds taking their own lives. That has never been done in Ireland and we need to take notice. Despite all the suicide awareness groups, pharma funded and otherwise, the suicide rate in this country is huge. Maria has been asked to speak in other countries including Dubai, The Cook Islands, Australia and the US. I have no doubt she is making a difference; can we possibly ignore these results or will we just keep over-prescribing the unhappy pills which double the risk of suicide and violence?

PS. Thank you so much to everyone who made a huge effort to attend, from all over the country and indeed from across the water. I am humbled! Video to follow once my son Jake gets his act together and posts to Youtube.

12 thoughts on “Wicklow Casper Conference”

  1. The fabulous Leonie was, well…fabulous. Only conference where I’ve been introduced with the words “come on you idiot” and had Happy Birthday sung to me. Only in Ireland 🙂


      1. Hi Leonie, My hat is off to both of you for all you have done and continue to do .. That 20% decrease is amazing …. Now I just need you both to take your roadshow to Boston so I can see it in person …. Keep up the great work and let me know if i can ever do anything over here in the States to help ! Steve’s dad..


  2. Well done Maria and Leonie. Wish ye could do a tour of Ireland. To counteract some of the misinformation and the over prescribing of these powerful but sometimes damaging drugs. Which can have devastating consequences. As well as the suicide and/or violence, also the swings of “mania” / “depression” that some people end up with because of the drugs. Which is not pleasant and could potentially lead to suicide. I think it was on your blog that I found this Peter Breggin article “Suicidality, violence and mania caused by SSRIs : A review and analysis ~

    Dr Bob Whitaker also talks about this in his book “Anatomy of an Epidemic” ~ Not forgetting that the drugs can potentially turn mild/moderate feelings of depression into a chronic condition. Something medical journalist Robert Whitaker also talks about in his work.

    In my opinion and experience the delicate brain chemistry was never designed to be messed with in this way. Hoping that others find better alternatives. As there is a better way.


  3. Thank you Leonie & Maria for Saturday, so enlightening yet so sad, God Bless you both for having the courage to stand & speak & fight, I really hope that we can take a little bit of courage from both of you, but if we falter at least I know where to turn too, xxx


  4. Thank you Leonie and Maria.

    Two courageous mothers with mighty mettle who are standing up and telling it as it is. Straight from the heart.

    It was an honour to be in your company, and will always be so.

    You are the clear voices for so many of us who are deeply appreciative that you are there.

    You are making a difference; and you have made a huge difference already.

    Gillian and Maureen.


  5. Leonie and Maria, Like the earlier posters I too was very impressed, enlightened and grateful by your response to your personal tragedies. Your relentless search for the truth and determination to challenge Pharma led beliefs of antidepressant benefit is slowly but surely leading to change. Thank you.


  6. Thank you all for the lovely comments. I wanted to reply for ages, but just didn’t know what to say. I’m so delighted to meet with you lovely people, but then I wish we were never in a situation where we would all meet in the first place. What a lovely bunch you are and I am truly thankful for meeting you. I wouldn’t wish our devastated lives on anyone, but seen as we are already in this situation, you and Maria gave me hope on Saturday that we can change things for others. Onwards and upwards.
    Leonie xx


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