Earlier this year, I was invited to speak at TEDMED 2014 and John Kazanjian and I worked hard to come up with a 13-ish minute version of my play Sick. The video of the talk/performance got released today on TEDMED.com and YouTube. It’s been a wild ride sharing the big play with small audiences around the country these last couple of years, and I am excited and humbled by the potential audience this abbreviated version can have online. I hope you have a chance to watch it. Full Article →
The search for animal analogues for mental illness continues to inadvertently show that much if not most of what is thought of as mental illness can readily be understood as the result of trauma. Here, a touching story of a lovelorn goat, having gone viral on youtube, is re-interpreted as proof that mental illness can be found in animals.
I just made a new film, called PROTEST PSYCHIATRY, on the psychiatric survivor-lead protest of the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in New York City. And I’m thrilled by how it turned out. For starters, I filmed it on no budget whatsoever, created the entire film in three days, and have uploaded it straight to Youtube, so it’s freeeeeee! Full Article →
A conversation with Thomas Szasz, published on March 28, 2014. He discusses the question of whether mental illness exists and whether it is possible for coercion to help. “Many, many things can be done; the field is wide open, but it requires a repudiation of the medical approach.”
Steven Morgan discusses his transformative journey from chronic “patient” to leading mental health advocate. Steven has been working in peer support and helping to create alternatives to traditional mental health services for the past decade. In 2013, he became Operations Manager for Intentional Peer Support, where he brings a passion for creating instruments of social change, a love of organizational development, and a belief in the transformative power of community. On full moons he enjoys writing, playing music, woodworking, and taking long long walks. This is latest in a series of testimonials featured on MadInAmerica.com produced by the Open Paradigm Project - @Open_Paradigm on Twitter. (more…)
Jim Gottstein’s talk on the Role of Litigation in a Strategic Approach to Mental Health System Change at the annual rights conference of the National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA), September 27, 2013 in Hartford, Connecticut.
The custody of Justina Pelletier, a Connecticut 15-year-old whose odyssey of diagnosis with “Somatoform Disorder” has trapped her in Boston Children’s Hospital since last February, will be decided by a Boston judge tomorrow. (Video)
Attorney Lynn Garson memoir of escape from psychiatric drug treatment, “Southern Vapors“, is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s highlighted book of the month. “The idea that medication is the answer is something that I take great exception to,” says Garson in this interview. “I think medication is great, used properly; it is not the answer for everyone and, used alone, it is rarely the answer for anyone. So I think we need to put together from the bottom up grass-roots community systems to support not only the people who suffer but their families, who are equally suffering.”
The Cannabis and Psychosis Awareness Project, a four-year study from Canada that was released on Tuesday, finds that smoking marijuana – particularly heavy use in early adolescence – is associated with a 40% increased risk of psychosis. Youth with a family member identified as having a mental illness are 4x more likely to develop psychosis if they use marijuana, the study says. 50 young Canadians who participated in the study created the video Awareness Strategy for Youth.