About Mad In America

Mission Statement

The site is designed to serve as a resource and a community for those interested in rethinking psychiatric care in the United States and abroad. We want to provide readers with news, personal stories, access to source documents, and the informed writings of bloggers that will further this enterprise.

The bloggers on this site include people with lived experience, peer specialists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, program managers, social activists, attorneys, and journalists. While their opinions naturally vary, they share a belief that our current system of psychiatric care needs to be vastly improved, and, many would argue, transformed.

We also want to provide readers with the opportunity to add their voices to this discussion. We encourage readers to leave comments (see comment policy below), and to submit personal stories and op-ed submissions. We encourage our readers to visit our forums to further this communal discussion.

Finally, we are commissioning original journalism, both in video and print, that explore ongoing efforts to remake care in the U.S. and abroad, and also investigate the problems and deficiencies with the current drug-based paradigm of care.

We welcome feedback and comments on how we can improve this website, and continue to build an online community that can be a societal force for change.

The Mad in America Team

Robert WhitakerRobert Whitaker worked as a newspaper reporter for a number of years, covering medicine and science. He was director of publications at Harvard Medical School for a time during the 1990s. He is the author of five books, three of which investigate the history of psychiatry and the merits of its treatments: Mad in America (2002); Anatomy of an Epidemic (2010); and Psychiatry Under the Influence (2015). For personal information (speaking schedule, etc.) go to his books page, or to robertwhitaker.org

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 Kermit Cole, Blogs and Front Page Editor





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Emmeline Mead, Community Manager and Personal Stories Editor

Emmeline Mead is a longtime activist, artist and psychiatric survivor whose experiences with psychiatry started as a foster child. Twenty years later she was introduced to The Icarus Project's peer support community where, inspired by other survivors, she began to question and then reject the medical model of psychiatry. After moderating the Icarus online forums for many years, she joined the MIA team as Community Manager in April of 2014. She also serves informally as the in-house graphic designer, and is the editor of  survivor blogs. Emmeline can be reached via the contact page and encourages readers to get in touch about any questions or concerns with the site.

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Justin Karter, News Editor

Justin Karter is a writer, researcher and community organizer with graduate degrees in both journalism and community psychology.  He brings a particular interest in examining and decoding underlying bias in the news, deconstructing cultural narratives of mental health and reimagining the institutions built on these assumptions.  He has worked in grassroots movements for social change in Buffalo and in Pittsburgh, where he also founded the annual Storytelling and Human Rights Symposium.  He is an active student member of the Society for Humanistic Psychology and is currently working on several scholarly projects at the intersection of psychology, social theory, and anarchist political philosophy.

Christopher Page, Operations Manager

Christopher Page is a human being, just like you. He has held a number of unorthodox occupations, including a long career as a professional poker player, a couple of years as a designer in the computer game industry, and some time as a professional "gamer" in South Korea. His interest in psychology is borne out of his own suffering, which he understands as both an intrinsic aspect of the human condition, and also the result of adverse life experience. He favors approaches to healing which are holistic and non-pathologizing, which take into account the broader social context and which pay attention to the "unspoken" and the spaces "in between". Chris brings his systems-thinking experience to managing the day-to-day operations of the site.

Alison PageAlison Page, MIA Store Manager

Alison Page is currently living in the suburbs of Boston with her family. She is in a protracted recovery from benzodiazepines. She spends her time painting, out in nature, with her family and close friends, and she is currently in the middle of compiling and publishing an art book created by individuals who have been harmed by the institution of psychiatry and psychiatric medications. She is excited to be a part of MIA and feels passionately about the mission of the organization.

Our Legal Organization

When we started this initiative, we investigated whether it would be better to operate as a non-profit organization, or as a C corporation. We chose the latter, as it provided us with a quicker and easier way to obtain initial funding from “investors” for creating the website and supporting its development.

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Louisa Putnam, Secretary
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For ongoing revenue to sustain this initiative, we are entirely dependent on support from our readers. We do not host advertisements and do not sell data about our readers to anyone.

Policy for Posting Comments

Please see our guidelines for posting comments on this site.


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