Today we are launching discussion forums on Mad in America. We intend for these forums to serve three broad purposes.
- This is a platform for our community of readers to further the discussion of the issues raised on our blogs and in Bob Whitaker’s books Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic. This may include, among other things, discussion of the history, politics, economics, and science of psychiatric drugs, as well as discussion of what it really means to be mentally well or ill.
- We are providing an in-depth space for sharing personal experiences of using psychiatric drugs, including positive experiences, dangers, withdrawal, and tapering.
- To connect with and learn from one another in a personal way. This could be through the sharing of stories, ideas, and dreams, as well as making personal connections that carry over into real-world work and activism. We aspire to provide a grassroots platform for changing the current culture of mental health care.
It is our intention to help these forums grow over time based on the needs of the community. We will add and change areas of discussion as needed. I personally invite input from readers regarding what you would like to see happen next.
You will notice other new features on the site:
- Avatars have been enabled in comments across the site as well as the new forums. These avatars are pulled automatically from your Gravatar, a free and easy system that serves avatars to many sites on the web.
- The front page has been rearranged slightly, and now includes a brand new Blog Roundup section below the news where we will report on other blogs of interest.
- Kermit Cole, our primary editor, has begun doing original video interviews for Mad In America. These will soon be featured in their own section on the front page. The first clips are already available under “Mad Media.”
- There is one other new interactive feature we will be launching in the near future that I am excited to see in action. More on that soon!
This site exists to serve you, our readers. Please let us know how you think it’s going.