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Safe Harbor is a nonprofit corporation, founded in 1998 and based in Los Angeles, California.

In 1958, when Safe Harbor founder Dan Stradford (see photo) was four years old, his father, William Stradford, vanished into a mental hospital with a "nervous breakdown." After receiving a series of shock treatments and potent drugs, William Stradford returned home a broken man. His memory was gone, his personality had deteriorated, and he†could scarcely hold a job.

William Stradford - a once-vibrant, personable man - never recovered. The family, with 4 children, plummeted into poverty and fell apart. All the children except for Dan ended up in children's homes.                           

From a very early age, Dan Stradford felt there had to be safer, more effective alternatives for treating the mentally disturbed. In 1998 he formed the groundwork for the Safe Harbor Project to help others avoid the tragedy he witnessed growing up.

Finding many like-minded people inside and outside the medical community, Dan requested their help as board members and advisors and the Safe Harbor Project was born.

In addition to being the Safe Harbor President, Dan Stradford is a semi-retired corporate executive, a naturalist, writer and editor. 

This group was created to serve an ever-growing public seeking alternatives to established mental health treatments.

We live in a changing world. Surveys show 69% of the U.S. population now uses vitamins or other natural remedies. Increasing numbers seek safer and more effective health care through medical doctors inclined toward natural healing or similar professionals such as chiropractors, Oriental medicine practitioners, naturopaths, homeopaths, and nutritionists. Bookstore shelves are filled in greater numbers with titles promoting natural or alternative healing of all manner of mental ills, such as anxiety, depression, senility, psychosis, "hyperactive" children, etc.

Another flood of books has been written by professionals speaking out against the unnecessary or hazardous use of prescription mind-altering drugs, mistaken psychiatric diagnosis of adults and children, harmful therapies and a host of other issues in the treatment of the mentally troubled.

Headlines now announce "new discoveries" of remarkably effective herbal remedies (such as St. Johnís Wort) or nutritional treatments for mental disturbances. Clearly an expanding sector of the population is seeking a "safe harbor" from mental troubles and from traditional mental health practices.

Thus the mission of Safe Harbor is to assist and promote non-harmful, alternative (non-psychiatric) methods and practitioners for helping the mentally disturbed. Our purpose is to provide education and choice to the public in the matter of alternative mental health practices.

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