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The World Mental Health Coalition Documents eBook or Paperback
– August 2020
With Introduction by Bandy Lee, MD, MDiv

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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.


Our Truth and Restoration Town Hall, “Structural, Environmental, and Nuclear Violence: One World or None,” took place on Saturday, November 20, from 11:00 am – 12:30pm ET.

You may recognize from the subtitle, “One World or None,” the famous book that Albert Einstein, H.H. Arnold, J.R. Oppenheimer, and others brought together 75 years ago as they launched a project for our collective survival in the Atomic Age. It later became the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which sets the Doomsday Clock every year. We are now at 100 seconds, the closest humanity has been to its doom since the creation of the Clock in 1947. The World Mental Health Coalition now declares our era “the Psychological Age,” where a correct understanding of our own psychology and mind will be critical in determining whether humanity will perish or persist.


Jeffrey Sachs, Ph.D. – economist and global leader in sustainable development

Richard Wilkinson, Ph.D. – epidemiologist and leading scholar on inequality

James Gilligan, M.D. – psychiatrist and leading scholar on structural violence

Lise Van Susteren, M.D. – psychiatrist and government advisor on climate change

Sherry Sykes – Senior State Department Foreign Service Advisor to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry

Peter Kuznick, Ph.D. – nuclear historian and coauthor of “The Untold History of the United States”

Kennette Benedict, Ph.D. – former publisher and executive director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Bandy Lee, M.D., M.Div. – forensic psychiatrist and president of the World Mental Health Coalition

Our Truth and Restoration Town Hall, “Militarism, Imperialism and the Future of Democracy,” took place on Sunday, September 19, from 1:30 – 3:00pm ET.

Co-hosts: Dr. Bandy Lee, president of the World Mental Health Coalition and Mr. Michael D’Antonio, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success.


  • Dr. Gabrielle Rifkind – director of Oxford Process, group analyst, specialist in preventive diplomacy and high-level mediation, and co-author of The Fog of Peace: The Human Face of Conflict Resolution.
  • Dr. Timothy Naftali – professor of history at New York University, presidential historian on CNN, and author of the biography of George H. W. Bush in the American Presidents’ series
  • Ms. Amy Wilentz – journalist, professor of the Literary Journalism Program at the University of California, Irvine, and author of The Rainy Season and Farewell, Fred Voodoo
  • Dr. Sara Sarratt – emerita professor of psychology from Sonoma State University in California, professor of gender and peace building at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and author of Gender, Shame and Sexual Violence
  • Mr. David Cicilline – lawyer, U.S. Representative for Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District, and member of the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Mr. Richard Painter – professor of law at the University of Minnesota, former Chief White House counsel for George W. Bush, and former chair of CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington)

Our Truth and Restoration Town Hall, “Authoritarian Cults, Media Indoctrination, and Shared Psychosis,” took place on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 3 p.m. EDT.

Speakers included:

  • Steven Hassan, Ph.D. – leading expert on cults and mind control and the author of The Cult of Trump
  • James Cohen, Ph.D. – faculty member in media studies at CUNY Queens College teaching social media and digital media literacies, with a focus on far right extremism
  • Becca Lewis Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, former researcher at the Data and Society Research Institute, and co-author of Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online
  • Jon Atack – former Scientology cult member and author of Opening Minds, Changing Our Minds, and Let’s Sell These People a Piece of Blue Sky
  • David Weissman – former MAGA/Trump cult member who has been bravely speaking out
  • Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Ph.D. – leading historian at New York University and author of Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present
  • Bandy Lee, M.D., M.Div. – president of the World Mental Health Coalition and editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

The U. Penn. Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law held a major symposium on the Goldwater rule on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Click here to read presenter papers.

We extended this discussion at our own Truth and Restoration Town Hall, “Dangerous Leadership, the Silencing of Experts, and the Erasure of Truth,” on Saturday, May 15, 2021 (please see below for a recording of this event).

Speakers included:

  • Jerome Kroll, M.D. – former chief psychiatrist of Community-University Health Care Clinic in Minneapolis, consultant to the University of Minnesota School of Law on incarcerated refugees facing deportation, and coauthor of “The ethics of APA’s Goldwater rule”
  • Ellyn Kaschak, Ph.D. – one of the founders of Feminist Psychology, faculty at San Jose State University, the Universidad Nacional and the University for Peace, both in Costa Rica, and author of Sight Unseen: Gender and Race through Blind Eyes
  • Robert Whitaker – Pulitzer-nominated investigative journalist, founder of Mad in America, and author of Psychiatry Under The Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform
  • Peter Pomerantsev – senior fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at London School of Economics, author of This is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality and Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
  • Kieran Keohane, Ph.D. – professor in sociology, co-founder of the Moral Foundations of Economy and Society research centre at University College Cork, and editor of The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilisation
  • Ian Hughes, Ph.D. – cohost for the Town Hall and author of Disordered Minds: How Dangerous Personalities are Destroying Democracy
  • Bandy Lee, M.D., M.Div. – president of the World Mental Health Coalition and editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

On Monday, May 3, 2021, we submitted our petition to Yale, with the first 1000 mental health professional and 1 Congress member signatories.  A citizen petition, independent of us, has also exceeded 4000 signatures.

Our Truth and Restoration Town Hall on “Racism, White Supremacy, and Societal Mental Health,” took place on March 13, 2021 (please see below for a recording of this event).

Speakers included:

  • Cornel West, Ph.D. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union Theological Seminary (starting in July 2021), Former Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University
  • Wade Nobles, Ph.D. – Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University, Co-Founder of the Association of Black Psychologists, and Founder of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family, Life and Culture
  • Gregory Carr, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and Adjunct Faculty at the Howard School of Law
  • Cristalis Capielo Rosario, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor in Counseling and Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University and Former Officer of the National Latinx Psychological Association
  • Alicia Mousseau, Ph.D. – Clinical Psychologist and First Out LGBTQ Vice President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe
  • Kevin Washington, Ph.D., and Bandy Lee, M.D., M.Div. – Co-Chairs of the Town Hall and Board Members of the World Mental Health Coalition



In 2017, when we saw that mental health organizations were being politically pressured to keep silent in the face of an unprecedented public health risk to the nation, we decided to step in where they acquiesced and placed self-preservation over protection of society.  This is how we became the nation’s first and largest mental health professionals-only organization to address the issue of dangerous leadership and our professional societal responsibility.

As the most imminent dangers of the Trump presidency abated, we have now turned our focus to prevention: improving societal mental health so that a body politic may not readily be attracted to psychologically dangerous leaders.  Our activities have expanded from U.S.-based issues to global ones, just as our membership has expanded.  We hope that you will join us in our mission.