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American Association of Suicidology

Sharing the voices of suicide attempt survivors, and the suicidal, and their stories of moving on. It can happen to anyone. A project for the American Association of Suicidology.

Sunny Aslam

Sunny Aslam, MD, is a recovery-oriented psychiatrist at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dept. of Psychiatry. Sunny is a forceful advocate for goal-based treatment versus illness-based treatment.

Jennifer Bahr, ND

Dr. Bahr specializes in mental health and endocrine conditions with expertise in mood disorders and child/adolescent mental and behavioral health. Her mission is to end stigma so that quality treatment will not be delayed out of fear. For more information, visit

Alison Bass

A former medical and science writer for The Boston Globe, Alison Bass writes  about conflicts of interest in medicine and flaws in the way drugs are tested and marketed. She is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial.

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Ron Bassman, PhD

After more than forty years of studying madness or what I prefer to call extreme and diverse mental states, my beliefs and understanding continue to evolve.  When I was 22 years old, I was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric institution for 6 months where I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and subjected to massive doses of medication along with a combined series of 40 insulin induced comas and electroshock.  Three years later I was hospitalized again for another 6 months and diagnosed with schizophrenia, chronic type.  Several years later.  I returned to Graduate school, earned my PhD in psychology and became a licensed psychologist.  I believe that by writing and speaking my truth to power, I can challenge the misconceptions of both mental health professionals and the general public - and most importantly inspire fellow travelers.  My written works include the book A Fight to Be: Experiences from Both Sides of the Locked Door.  Additionally, articles written by me can be downloaded for free off of my website,  The article “Never Give Up, published in the peer reviewed journal Psychosis was voted by its subscribers to be the best article of 2012.  This Spring, my essay “Hope Nurtures the Dream,” will be published in the  book, Same Time Next Weekedited by Lee Gutkind.

Robert Berezin, MD

Robert Berezin, MD. has been in private practice and taught psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School, for thirty years. If you have a sense that drugs are not the answer. If you are tired of the destructive direction and misleading promises of the DSM-5, and the pharmaceutical industry. If you have the intimation that human struggle, and your struggle and pain is a human problem, not a brain disease - Dr. Berezin presents a unified field theory of human consciousness which includes psychiatry, neuroscience, dreams, myths, religion, and art. He is the author of “Psychotherapy of Character: The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain” and Do No Harm: The Destructive History of Pharmaceutical Psychiatry and its Bedfellows - Electro Shock, Insulin Shock, and Lobotomies. See more of his blogs at  

Amy Biancolli

Amy Biancolli's third book, Figuring Shit Out: Love, Laughter, Suicide, and Survival (2014, Behler Publications), is a memoir of the year following her husband's suicide. A former film critic for the Houston Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers, she's currently an arts reporter and columnist for the Albany Times Union. She blogs at

Douglas Bloch

Beyond Prozac: Author, teacher, and mental health coach Douglas Bloch writes on using holistic tools and coping strategies to manage the symptoms of depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. More information can be found at  

Melissa Bond

Killer Brain Candy: After 2 years of Ativan for pregnancy-related insomnia, and the knowledge that the drug was slowly disassembling her brain and body, Melissa Bond went through a hellish withdrawal. She writes about it on her website and in her forthcoming book Dear Little Fish. The Kickstarted campaign launches October 28.

Peter Breggin, MD

Peter Breggin's scientific and educational work provided the foundation for modern criticism of psychiatric drugs and ECT. He leads the way in promoting more caring, empathic and effective therapies. His newest book is Guilt, Shame and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions.

Kelly Brogan, MD ABIHM

Third Path Psychiatry: Dr. Brogan's interest is in holistic living, environmental medicine, and nutrition.  She is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Learn more on FacebookTwitterand through her monthly newsletter.

Justin Brown

The Myth of Normal: Justin identifies as a person in recovery who voluntarily takes psychotropic medication, thereby disqualifying him from the so - called "anti-psychiatry" movement.  Justin is Director of the Northeast Recovery Learning Community,  a peer-to-peer self - help organization north of Boston. He blogs at

Bonnie Burstow, Ph.D.

Deconstructing the Institution: Dr. Burstow is a faculty member at U. of Toronto, and an antipsychiatry activist. She writes about language, institutional ruling, resistance, and social change. Works include Radical Feminist Therapy and Psychiatry Disrupted. For more information, see

Joanne Cacciatore, Ph.D.

Grieving for Grief: Joanne Cacciatore, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University and founder of the Center for Loss and Trauma. She writes and researches on traumatic grief and does extensive provider training on 'green' mental health care. Her latest book, Selah: An Invitation Toward Fully Inhabited Grief, is being used as a tool by grief therapists around the world.

Iden Campbell McCollum, CPRP

Iden Campbell McCollum believes that The Great Turning is happening and though our generation my not see the full fruits of our labor it’s up to us to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to live their lives as freely as possible.

Jack Carney, DSW

Up the River:  A social worker, Jack Carney writes on the contradictions and hypocrisies of the public mental health system and promotes and applauds acts of resistance to it. In the words of the immortal Joe Hill, just before he was executed by a Utah firing squad, he likes to advise:  “Don’t mourn, organize!"

Monica Cassani

Beyond Meds: Monica Cassani has seen the system from both sides - as a social worker and as a person whose life was severely ruptured by psychiatric drugs. She writes critically about the system, as well as about holistic pathways of healing without medication.

Ted Chabasinski, J.D.

Still Crazy After All These Years:  Ted Chabasinski, now a patients' rights lawyer, was taken from his parents when he was six years old, experimented on with a course of electric shock treatment, and then sent to a state hospital for the rest of his childhood.  He writes about the power of psychiatry and how it is abused, especially against children.

Matthew Cohen

Building Healing Community: Matthew is a social entrepreneur and healing artist. He offers education, advocacy, and personal change work through Flock Forward. Matthew helped manage the Mad In America website and community for its first two years as a webzine.

Oryx Cohen

Healing Voices: Oryx is a leader in the international consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement.  Currently he is the Director of the National Empowerment Center’s Technical Assistance Center. Oryx is co-founder, with Will Hall, of The Freedom Center, an empowerment and advocacy group.

David Cohen

Beyond Health and Illness: David Cohen, a researcher, author, a professor of social welfare at UCLA and a practicing clinical social worker for over 30 years, writes about social and cultural constructions of reality.

Lisbeth Riis Cooper

Bringing Hope Home: Mother Bears Lisbeth Riis Cooper and Jennifer Maurer share how the Mother Bear Community Action Network is uniting families to create mental health care that emphasizes hope, family, community, and the many pathways to real recovery including medication optimization.

Mary Ellen Copeland, Ph.D.

Change Now: The founder of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery shares her vision of a world where people are supported in using simple, safe, noninvasive self-help tools to get through difficult times and move on with their lives.

Dr. Michael Cornwall

An Alternative Understanding of The Nature of Madness: I want this blog and the discussion it generates to help deepen our understanding of the mystery of madness and to help us learn ways to lovingly do self care when we are mad, and how to lovingly respond to others when they are mad. He can be reached at his website - "What is Madness?"

Michael Corrigan, Ed.D.

Debunking ADHD & the Drugging of Kids: Dr. Corrigan is a psychologist, author, statistician, and professor whose mission is to discredit the mythic propaganda and doodoo behind the ADHD diagnosis and the dangerous drugs so often prescribed.  For more of Corrigan's recent work please visit Debunking ADHD.

Carolyn Crowder, Ph.D.

Discipline, Not Drugs:  A psychologist whose primary interest is Adlerian parent education, Carolyn Crowder writes about parenting methods and attitudes that facilitate better relationships with children and practical advice for common problems.

Vivek Datta, M.D., M.P.H.

The Psychopathology of American Life: A British physician explores how the concept of mental disorder has vastly expanded over the past century, reporting from the front line of American Psychiatry.

Sera Davidow

Tangible Intangibilities: Sera writes here to share her thoughts on how the language we choose and our apparent need to concretize the inherently complex is leading to violations of rights and humanity on a daily basis.

Larry Davidson, PhD

Larry Davidson, PhD, is Director of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale, and Senior Clinical Officer and Mental Health Policy Director for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Brett Deacon, Ph.D.

Dr. Deacon, a professor of psychology at U. Wyoming, sees clients in private practice and trains clinicians in the use of exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. He researches pathological anxiety, barriers to the dissemination of science-based treatments, and the validity and utility of biomedical models and treatments of mental disorders.  

Laura Delano

Journeying Back To Self: Laura Delano is an ex-mental patient who writes about her thirteen years of psychiatric indoctrination, how she woke up in 2010, and what it's been like to come off psychiatric drugs, leave the "mentally ill" identity behind, and rediscover an authentic connection to self and world.

Sean Donovan

Recounting Chimera: Sean writes about issues of civil rights, human rights, personal experiences and the madness created when founding myths of liberty, justice and freedom in the United States clash with the realities of his own life, and those of many others; telling a very different story.

Deron Drumm

Deron Drumm is Co-Executive Director of Advocacy Unlimited.  He self-identifies as having experienced extreme, altered and addictive states.  He writes and speaks about where his emotional distress and addiction brought him and how he has reshaped his life through deliberate living.

Sascha Altman DuBrul

Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness: An activist writes of The Icarus Project, which is a network of radical support groups, an arts and media project, and a platform for re-visioning the language and culture around ideas of mental health and illness.

Barry Duncan

Consumer Voice and Choice: Author of 15 books, including What’s Right With You, highlighting the power of consumer partnership and the evidence for first-line psychosocial, not medical, intervention. His consumer feedback approach is a SAMHSA evidence based practice, implemented across the US and globally.

Dorothy Dundas

Finding Resilience: Institutionalized in the 1960's, Dorothy was labeled "schizophrenic" and underwent 40 insulin coma/electroshock 'treatments.' "I experienced and witnessed many atrocities.  Luck, determination, anger and a compassionate advocate were my friends on the road to survival and freedom."

Carl Elliott, M.D., Ph.D.

Enemy of the People: Carl Elliott  is a professor at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota.  He writes on the medical-industrial complex, and is the author of Better Than Well and and White Coat, Black Hat.  

Christian Exoo

Political Science: Christian Exoo writes on the intersection of science and politics in the mental health community.

Daniel Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.

Recovery Through Voice and Dialogue: Co-founder of the National Empowerment Center, Daniel Fisher, a psychiatrist, writes on alternatives to the medical/institutional model of distress and healing. In particular, he tells of the Empowerment Paradigm of Development and Recovery.    

Michael Fontaine, Ph.D.

Michael Fontaine is Associate Professor of Classics and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Cornell University.  His 2013 paper ‘On Being Sane in an Insane Place—the Rosenhan Experiment in the Laboratory of Plautus’ Epidamnus’ was published in Current Psychology.

Mark Foster, D.O.

Letters from the Front Lines: A family physician, after having read Anatomy of an Epidemic, writes of his struggles to prescribe psychiatric medications in a thoughtful way . . . and help some patients wean from the medications.

Allen Frances, M.D.

Allen Frances was the chairperson of the DSM-IV Task Force, a former chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University School of Medicine, and is the author of two new books: Saving Normal and Essentials of Psychiatric Diagnosis.

Michael Gilbert Psy.D.

School Matters:  An inside perspective on the public education system and how it contributes to the unnecessary labeling and medication of children.  Dr. Gilbert also explores the possibilities for transforming school culture and reclaiming childhood.

Howard Glasser

Awakening Children to Their Greatness: Creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach and the Inner Wealth Initiative, Howard Glasser writes of ways to help children flourish in school and in all aspects of their lives, without the use of psychotropic medications.

Jim Gottstein, J.D.

Law, Alternatives and Change:   A Harvard educated lawyer and long time activist for change in the mental health system writes about law as it relates to psychiatric rights and fostering truly helpful, non-coercive  alternatives to the current system.

Chaya Grossberg

All of Us or None of Us: Chaya questions the idea that some of us are "mentally ill" and others of us are not.  She shares lessons learned through coaching people coming off psychiatric drugs and/or looking for alternatives to taking them.

Will Hall

Living With Mental Diversity: New visions of what it means to be human from a counselor trained in Open Dialogue at the Institute for Dialogic Practice, schizophrenia diagnosis survivor, author of the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, and host of Madness Radio.

Leah Harris

Speaking Truth to Power: Leah writes about holistic, community-based approaches to support those experiencing emotional distress and extreme states; storytelling as a vehicle for personal liberation, human rights, and social justice; and connections between creativity, activism, spirituality, and social change.

Philip Hickey, PhD

Behaviorism and Mental Health: Philip Hickey is a retired psychologist.  He has worked in prisons (UK and US), addiction units, community mental health centers, nursing homes, and in private practice.  He and his wife, Nancy, live in Colorado, and have four grown children. His posts can also be seen on his website, Behaviorism and Mental Health.

Noel Hunter

Madness and Meaning in the Human Experience: A clinical psychology doctoral student, Noel explores the link between trauma and various anomalous states and the need for recognition of states of extreme distress as meaningful responses to overwhelming life experiences.

Recovery Innovations

I Am the Evidence!: Recovery Innovations uses the principles of hope, peer support, Healing Spaces, No Force First, and Wellness City to create real recovery opportunities. RI supports whole-person wellness using an integrated care model. The RI blog features stories of recovery services and experiences that inspire hope!

Yana Jacobs

Transformation Through Peer Respite: Yana is the Senior Program Officer with the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.  She brings 30-plus years of experience working in the mainstream public mental health system.  She left her job as the Chief of Adult Services in order to return full circle to where her roots began at Loren Mosher's Soteria House.  Yana is a passionate and fierce ally and advocate for alternatives to mainstream mental health.

Jonathan Leo, Ph.D. / Jeffrey Lacasse, Ph.D.

Rethinking the Broken Brain: Two researchers, writing jointly, take a critical look at the evidence for the biological basis of mental disorders.

Lucinda Jewell

Mental Health NOW: the Opportunity for Wellness: What would be possible if Mental Health Conditions were viewed as gifts that require effective management and responsible use? How would healthcare protocols and delivery be impacted? These, and related questions, will be the inspiration for this blog.

Jay Joseph

The Gene Illusion: I bring a critical perspective to claims in the media and the scientific literature that genetic factors underlie psychiatric disorders. My new book, “The Trouble with Twin Studies: A Reassessment of Twin Research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences,” is available from Routledge.

Timothy Kelly

The Uncertain Real: Timothy Kelly is a doctoral student with interests in psychosocial approaches to, and the sociocultural contexts of, states often under the description of psychosis. He is a survivor of the juvenile justice system, foster care, public welfare, a state psychiatric institution, and is also a mental health services user.

Elizabeth Kenny

ELIZABETH KENNY is an actor, playwright, teacher, and lecturer. Sick, a solo performance written and performed by Elizabeth,  explores a patient’s two-year odyssey inside the most advanced healthcare system in the world — an odyssey that almost killed her.

Jonathan Keyes

The Cornerstones of Mental Health: Jon Keyes is a licensed professional counselor working in private practice at Hearthside Healing in Portland Oregon. Jon also has worked part-time in an inpatient psychiatric setting.  Jon is interested in exploring alternative and holistic ways of helping people in emotional distress and crisis.

Vanessa Krasinski

Media, Popular Culture and the Market for Mental Illness: Vanessa Krasinski, an activist and MSN NP candidate, explores depictions of psychiatry and psychiatric diagnoses in the popular culture and media, and examines cultural messages about mental health vs. illness within a critical framework.

Jeffrey Lacasse, Ph.D.

Thinking Critically About Mental Health: A mental health researcher with an interest in the philosophy and sociology of science, Jeffrey Lacasse writes about psychiatric medications, conflicts-of-interest, and evidence-based mental health practice.

Jonathan Leo, Ph.D.

Rethinking Biological Psychiatry: A professor of neuroanatomy, Jonathan Leo writes on the problems with the evidence base used to support the often promoted chemical theories of mental illness, the genetic theory of schizophrenia, and the idea that children with ADHD have smaller brains.

Bruce Levine, Ph.D.

Commonsense Rebellion: Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist, writes and speaks about how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect. His latest book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite. His Web site is

Richard D. Lewis

Addiction, Biological Psychiatry and the Disease Model: Richard D. Lewis, M.Ed. has worked with addictions for the past 19 years in  New Bedford, MA. Richard discusses the relationship of addictions to severe psychological distress often labeled as a “disease” and/or a so-called “mental illness.”

Jill Littrell, Ph.D.

Life Style Can Change the Brain: A Clinical psychologist, Jill Littrell writes about research studies of psychiatric medications, and interventions to bolster natural resilience through talk therapy, proper diet, exercise, and support from your friends.  

Daniel Mackler, LCSW

Dispatches From the Road: A filmmaker and former psychotherapist tells about making his three documentaries about recovery from "madness," and about meeting with peer groups and directors of innovative programs throughout North America and Europe.

Alice Maher, MD

Alice Maher, MD, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC, founded Changing Our Consciousness, which is dedicated to communication across psychological divides. Her documentary, The Hot Stove Project, addresses political and ethnic conflict from the perspective of neuroscience and psychoanalysis.  

Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

The Meaning Revolution: Dr. Maisel writes on the effects of meaning and life purpose on emotional health. He argues that current mental health practices pay little attention to the vital role that meaning and life purpose play as pillars of emotional health, thereby doing sufferers a great disservice.

Vicki Martin, MD

Kid’s Voice: Vicki Martin, a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist who over 20 years has become disillusioned with the mental health system, has developed training programs for Non-MD clinicians about the dangers of polypharmacy with a focus on trauma-based therapy BEFORE medication is considered.

Jennifer Maurer

Finding Our Way Home: As managing director for the Mother Bear Family Mental Health Network, Jennifer helps guide the development of family-led mental health education and support programs that help families transform suffering and find healing in community.

Jacks McNamara

Making Meaning out of Madness: A psych survivor & activist, Jacks uses poetry and prose to examine the intersections between trauma, spirituality, identity & place as they inform the experience of being “crazy” in a crazy world. Jacks' perspective is grounded in struggles for social justice and collective liberation.


MindFreedom International leads a nonviolent revolution of freedom, equality, truth and human rights that unites people affected by the mental health system with movements for justice everywhere.

Tina Minkowitz, Esq.

Mad Law and Human Rights: An attorney and psychiatric survivor, Tina Minkowitz writes on the new perspectives in human rights law that emerged in the work by users and survivors of psychiatry on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  

Steven Morgan

Steven Morgan has worked in traditional service agencies where he became familiar with the difficulties of practicing peer support in a medical model.  He helped create a peer-run respite in Vermont, was ED of a peer-run agency, and project developer for Soteria-Vermont. In 2013 he joined Intentional Peer Support as Operations Manager. He has a passion for creating instruments of social change,  organizational development, and the transformative power of community.  

PJ Moynihan

Crossing Over: EMMY-nominee PJ Moynihan has spent years immersed in the world of alternatives to the psychiatric paradigm. He is Producer and Director of Healing Voices, a forthcoming feature documentary that examines mental healthcare in the United States and the re-visioning of psychosis.

Wayne Munchel

Trauma informed care meets pharma informed care: Social worker Wayne Munchel will focus on the intersection between trauma informed care/recovery models  and biological psychiatry. Early intervention programs for psychosis will also be discussed.

Keris Jän Myrick

Pushing the Mad Envelope: As CEO of a Peer Run organization, mental health consumer, advocate and visionary change agent, Keris writes about pressing issues facing mental health treatment such as choice, peer support, wellness and recovery, culture and language and leadership development

Gina Nikkel, Ph.D.

Expect Recovery:  The executive director of the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care tells of how the foundation is partnering with private philanthropy to discuss the implications in Anatomy of an Epidemic and create a new mainstream for mental health.

Robert Nikkel, MSW

Policy for Recovery: As a former state mental health and addictions commissioner, Bob Nikkel writes about policy and practice changes that are needed to promote recovery and reslience while decreasing the over-reliance on psychiatric medications in community and hospital treatment settings.

David W. Oaks

Psychiatric Survivor Activist Tells Mad Movement Stories for Mental Health Justice: After the mental health system abused David with forced psychiatric drugs and labels of schizophrenia and bipolar, David worked as a psychiatric survivor activist for decades. He blogs at

Robert Okin, MD

Robert Okin, an internationally known expert on mental health service reform, is a founding member of Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI). He has led the development of community based services for people who previously in public mental hospitals. Go to

Mary Olson, Ph.D.

Anatomy of Dialogue: Mary Olson, PhD is director of the Institute for Dialogic Practice and a lecturer and trainer in the fields of family therapy and community psychiatry.  She co-leads the Open Dialogue study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she is an assistant professor in psychiatry.

Lois Oppenheim, PhD

Lois Oppenheim, PhD has authored or edited 11 books, most recently Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion and A Curious Intimacy: Art and Neuro-Psychoanalysis. She has also published over 90 papers, and hosts the “Conversations with…” series at the NY Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Laysha Ostrow, Ph.D.

Laysha Ostrow, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins, with a joint affiliation in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco. She is President & CEO of Live & Learn. She identifies as a person with lived experience of the psychiatric, special education, disability, and family court systems.

Jen Padron, M.ED, ACPS, CHW

The Hope Project: Jen Padron, a leader in  Peer Support initiatives, writes on resiliency, hope, and peer support programs in Texas and the country. She also writes on cultural and political issues in mental health, and whole-health and wellness solutions.

Ed Pigott, Ph.D.

The STAR*D Scandal: A psychologist who has spent five years “deconstructing” the NIMH’s large study of antidepressants tells of his findings, discusses his published articles, and posts the documents that reveal the bad--and dishonest science--at the heart of this trial.

Brent Potter, Ph.D.

Brent Potter, Ph.D. has been a clinician for 20 years, and is the author of Elements of Self-DestructionBorderline Personality Disorder: New Perspectives on a Stigmatizing and Overused DiagnosisElements of Reparation, and Prometheus Rising: Stealing the Fires of Cultural Collapse.

Malaika Puffer

Seeing Gray: Malaika coordinates peer support services in a non-alternative mental health agency.  She writes about the conflicts, opportunities, and triumphs of offering peer support in a traditional setting as well as the grassroots organizing and advocacy she balances this with in her free time.

Mark Ragins, MD

A Road to Recovery: Mark is the Medical Director at the MHA Village Integrated Service Agency, a model of recovery based mental health care.  His practice has been grounded in 20 years+ with some of the most underserved and difficult to engage people in our community.

Jonathan Raskin

Deconstructing, Reconstructing Abnormality: Dr. Raskin is professor of psychology and counseling at SUNY New Paltz, focusing on social constructions of abnormality in psychology and psychotherapy, and co-chair of the Society for Humanistic Psychology's Diagnostic Summit Committee, overseeing the Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives.

Faith Rhyne

Drawing New Lines: Faith Rhyne is a recovery educator, an advocate, and a storyteller.  She enjoys exploring the role that narrative and culture play in our understanding of the human condition.

Susan Rogers

Susan Rogers is director of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, and director of special projects of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. A writer, editor, and advocate, she has been active in the c/s/x movement since 1984.

David Ross, M.Ed., LPCC

Getting From Here to There: David Ross writes about the efforts in Ashland, County Ohio to move its mental health and drug/alcohol system towards a recovery-oriented system of care, one that puts into practice the core principles of recovery, medication optimization and trauma-informed care.

Matt Samet

The Other Side: Matt Samet, a freelance writer and editor in Colorado, maintains a Facebook page and has detailed his story in a memoir, Death Grip, published by St. Martin’s Press.

Bonnie Schell

On Our Own, Together: Bonnie Schell is co-editor of On Our Own, TOGETHER: Peer Programs for People with Mental Illness, and has been an active member of Psychiatric Inmates Rights Collective, founder and manager of Mental Health Client Action Network drop-in in Santa Cruz, CA, and Board Chair of NC CANSO (North Carolina Consumer Advocacy, Networking and Support Organization).

James Schroeder, PhD

Jim Schroeder, PhD is a pediatric psychologist at St. Mary’s Center for Children in Evansville IN, where he works with children (and their families) diagnosed with autism spectrum, learning, sleep, attention-deficit, and other issues.  He speaks widely and has published articles on the psychological health of youth.

Andrew Scull, Ph.D.

Madness in Civilization: Andrew Scull, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology and Science Studies at UC, San Diego.  He is the author of many books and articles on the history of psychiatry, including Decarceration, Museums of Madness, The Most Solitary of Affllctions, Masters of Bedlam, Undertaker of the Mind, Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine, Hysteria, and Madness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from Ancient Palestine to Freud, and from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine.

Stuart Shipko, M.D.

Dr. Shipko is a psychiatrist in private practice in Pasadena, CA and author of Surviving Panic Disorder and Xanax Withdrawal.

Aubrey Ellen Shomo

Fixing A Broken World: A psychiatric survivor activist contemplates the mental health system, stigma, science, law and culture, politics, and the practical realities of fighting what some have called one of the "Last Great Civil Rights Battles."

Lauren Spiro

Mental Health Liberation: Lauren facilitates trainings and Dialogues of Discovery, inspired by her recently published memoir, Living for Two:  A Daughter’s Journey From Grief and Madness to Forgiveness and Peace. She is spreading Emotional CPR, which she co-founded, creating peace, and reclaiming our shared humanity. Visit her online.

Sandra Steingard, M.D.

Anatomy of a Psychiatrist: Dr. Steingard chronicles how she is integrating information from Anatomy of an Epidemic into her community mental health practice. She also discusses changes in Vermont's mental health system and the influence of pharmaceutical advertising on clinical practice.

Michael Guy Thompson

R. D. Laing in America: Psychoanalyst Michael Guy Thompson worked with Laing for many years and was instrumental in organizing and managing Laing's post-Kingsley Hall therapeutic communities and training programs. Michael writes about Laing's contemporary relevance to humane treatment.

Ron Unger, LCSW

Dialogues with Madness:  A therapist and educator specializing in cognitive therapy for psychosis, Ron Unger explores emerging understandings of psychosis and of efforts to change mental health treatment to support human rights and full recovery.

Adam Urato, MD

Adam Urato is an Assistant Professor at Tufts School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He cares for pregnant women daily as an attending Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician at Tufts Medical Center and MetroWest Medical Center. He writes and lectures regularly on antidepressant use during pregnancy.

Brenda Vezina

Under Brenda's leadership, the Central MA Recovery Learning Community offers trainings on trauma-informed care, health & wellness, & professionalism in the peer workforce. A licensed social worker for 25+ years, her film “What Happened to You" speaks to the causes & effects of childhood trauma.

David Walker, PhD

Speaking in the Borrowed Language: David Walker, PhD is a Missouri Cherokee psychologist, writer, and musician. He consults with the Yakama Indian Nation, and writes about Western mental health system complicity in the oppression of indigenous people. His website is

Gretchen LeFever Watson

Live and Learn: As a clinical psychologist who has worked in academic and healthcare settings for over 20 years, Dr. Gretchen LeFever Watson is passionate about improving the health, safety, and education of individuals and places where they work, live, and learn.  

Jay Watts, DClinPsy

Reclaiming the Unconscious: Jay writes about how conventional psychiatry treatment can work against and damage the psyche’s attempts to recover from trauma. She focuses on developing an irreverent approach to psychoanalysis which listens for the unsayable, and takes power inequalities seriously.

Marilyn Wedge, PhD

Thinking Outside the Kid: Marilyn Wedge is a family therapist and author of Pills Are Not For Preschoolers: A Drug Free Approach for Troubled Kids, and In the Therapist's Mirror: Reality in the Making (Norton Professional Books). Creator of Strategic Child-Focused Family Therapy, she believes that making targeted changes in the family system is more effective than psychiatric medication.

Corinna West

Wellness Wordworks: Corinna West  writes about the business she founded, which coordinates people with emotional distress who provide instant peer support for each other in exchange for helping anyone who is interested in expanding their online presence.

Robert Whitaker

In the News:  A journalist’s review of reports in medical journals and the media on psychiatric disorders and treatments.

Craig B. Wiener, Ed.D.

ADHD: A Return to Psychology: Amid concern that we are proposing the existence of a medical problem that no biological markers reliably correspond with, I explore "ADHD" behavior & interventions that encourage self-reliance and cooperation. Read more at  

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Tristano Ajmone

Tristano Ajmone is a libertarian psychiatric survivor, much influenced by Thomas Szasz’s writings and friendship. Tristano doesn’t believe in the existence of mental illness, drug addictions, nor the mind, but rather in individual autonomy, liberty and freedom, and that psychiatric coercion is a crime and  a political issue, not a medical one.

Paul Andrews

Paul W. Andrews is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University in Canada. His work on the evolution of depression with J. Anderson Thomson, Jr. has been featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and Scientific American Mind.

Paul Baker

Paul is a founding member of the Hearing Voices Network and INTERVOICE. He has developed community mental health projects, self-advocacy services, supported housing, social firms, enterprises in which people have direct input into the planning, development and running of their services.

Peter Beresford, OBE

Speaking As A Survivor Researcher: Peter Beresford OBE is Professor of Social Policy at Brunel University, London and Co-Chair of Shaping Our Lives.

Pat Bracken, M.D.

Pat is currently Clinical Director of the Mental Health Service in West Cork, Ireland, and a founder of the UK Critical Psychiatry Network. He is trained in medicine and psychiatry as well as philosophy, and tries in his writing to bring philosophical insights to bear on some of the problems we face in the area of mental health. He is author of Trauma: Culture, Meaning and Philosophy and co-author of Postpsychiatry: A New Direction for Mental Health.

Maria Bradshaw

DelusionNZ: Maria Bradshaw, who currently lives in County Wicklow, Ireland, writes of social models of suicide prevention, pharmacovigilance, and alternatives to psychiatric interventions for emotional distress.

Meaghan Buisson

The Alchemy of Trauma: Meaghan's decade with the Canadian Inline Speed Skating national team lead to a world record and a passion for exploring new realms. Weaving kaleidoscopic knowledge, first-hand experience and evidence-based medical research, Meaghan writes about trauma and recovery.

Tim Carey, Ph.D.

Tim Carey, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Remote Health (a joint centre of Flinders University and Charles Darwin University) in Alice Springs, Australia. He is a clinician, researcher, trainer, and educator. He has authored many journal articles, book chapters, and books including Hold that Thought! Two Steps to Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy, and Control in the Classroom: An Adventure in Learning and Achievement.

Tim Carey, Ph.D.

Tim Carey, Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Remote Health (a joint centre of Flinders University and Charles Darwin University) in Alice Springs, Australia. He is a clinician, researcher, trainer, and educator. He has authored many journal articles, book chapters, and books including Hold that Thought! Two Steps to Effective Counseling and Psychotherapy, and Control in the Classroom: An Adventure in Learning and Achievement.

Annie Chapman

Annie is passionate about the need for a greater range of respectful, empowering treatment choices for people experiencing mental distress. She did an awareness-raising Hikoi (walk) through the North Island of New Zealand, culminating in presenting a petition to the NZ government in June 2013.  

Rachel Cooper, PhD

Rachel Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University, U.K. Her publications include Diagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Karnac, 2014) Psychiatry and the Philosophy of Science (Acumen, 2007) and Classifying Madness (Springer, 2005).

Janet Currie

Janet Currie is co-founder of the Psychiatric Awareness Medication Group, which provides information on the potential harms and effectiveness of psychiatric drugs, and advice on drug tapering. She also co-edits a blog on the safety and effectiveness of all prescription drugs for Pharmawatch Canada.

Jacqui Dillon

The Hearing Voices Movement: Jacqui Dillon writes about the rapidly expanding, worldwide Hearing Voices movement which contests the traditional psychiatric relationship of dominant-expert clinician and passive-recipient patient and views voice-hearing as a significant human experience.

Eugene Epstein

Steps to a Post-Therapeutic Future: With a strong interest in how popular culture and psychiatry/psychotherapy reflexively influence one another, Eugene writes critically about aspects of the therapeutic era or therapeutic state in which we, (that is, those of us living in parts of the western first world), find ourselves.

Steindór J. Erlingsson, Ph.D.

A New Beginning: Steindór J. Erlingsson, a psychiatric survivor and an independent scholar, writes about his life and recovery, the consumer movement and mental health system in Iceland and articles and books he happens to be reading.

Peter Gøtzsche, MD

Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD, cofounded The Cochrane Collaboration. He has published more than 70 papers in the top-5 general medical journals, and 3 books, including “Deadly medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Health Care," winner of a British Medical Association first prize in 2014. -

Carina Håkansson, Ph.D.

Ordinary Life Therapy: A psychotherapist and manager at Family Care Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden, Carina Håkansson writes about that program--its philosophy, successes, and challenges--and about psychiatry and societal treatment of children in foster care.

David Healy, M.D.

David is a founder of, whose mission is to capture the data that is missing from anyone taking treatments in order to help make medicine safer for all of us.

Lucy Johnstone, D.Psych.

Beyond Psychiatric Diagnosis: Lucy writes about replacing psychiatric diagnosis with a formulation-based approach that explores personal meaning within relational and social contexts, and she reflects on the challenges of working within biomedically-based services. See her book:  ‘A Straight Talking Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis,’ 

Jon Jureidini, MD

Healthy Skepticism: Jon Jureidini, a child psychiatrist in Australia, writes on the quality use of medicines, misleading drug promotion, suicide, medical education and child abuse.

Bonnie Kaplan, Ph.D.

Nutrition and Mental Health: Bonnie has published on the biological basis of mental health – in particular, the contribution of nutrition to brain development and function, micronutrient treatments for mental disorders, and the effect of intrauterine nutrition on brain development and maternal mental health.

Tamasin Knight, MBChB, MPH

Power & Alternatives: Tamasin is a public health doctor in England. She writes about power issues in the mental health system and alternatives to the medical model.

Peter Lehmann

Stop the professional monologue: Peter Lehmann, Honorary Doctor for "scientific and humanitarian contribution to the rights of the people with psychiatric experience," writes about coming off psychiatric drugs, suicidal effects of neuroleptics, and other approaches of humanistic antipsychiatry.

Eleanor Longden

Eleanor Longden is a doctoral researcher who has lectured and published internationally on aspects of voice hearing, trauma, psychosis, and recovery. She is current coordinator of the Intervoice Scientific Committee and a trustee of the UK Soteria Network.

Mary Maddock

Mary Maddock is a 64-year-old grandmother and retired music teacher. She is a founder member of MindFreedom Ireland and board member of MindFreedom International. Her book 'Soul Survivor – A Personal Encounter with Psychiatry’, co-authored with her husband Jim, was published by Asylum in 2006.

Nadia Mahjoub

Mad in Belgium: Nadia is convinced there are better ways to help people in crisis than what is provided generally in psychiatric care in her country today. In this blog, she will write about (her search for) alternatives, the local user and survivor movement and news about mental health in Belgium.

Rufus May

Rufus May is a psychologist in Bradford, England. He believes everybody can flourish with the right support network. His work is part of an emancipatory movement that includes the hearing voices movement, community development approaches and other self-help and holistic health movements.

Kjetil Mellingen

Seeing the Positive in the Negative: Kjetil Mellingen is a clinical psychologist working in an anxiety and OCD Clinic at the University of Oslo, Norway. He has previously been an NIMH researcher of so-called schizophrenia, depression, alcoholism and psychopathy. He also blogs on his website, Psychology – Hope and Research

Hugh Middleton, M.D.

Medical Essentials from England:  A Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and a medical practitioner of nearly 40 years, Hugh Middleton writes on the folly and shortcomings of using "illness" as a euphemism and metaphor for "madness".

China Mills

Exporting Disorders: Global Markets in Madness: What happens when psychiatry  travels to low and middle income countries? Should access to sometimes harmful psychotropic drugs be increased globally? What does it mean to be distressed, and to take psychiatric medication, in contexts of poverty?

Erik Monasterio, MD

Dr Monasterio is a psychiatrist and senior lecturer at the Christchurch School of Medicine. His interests include off-label use of psych meds, metabolic complications, and cross-cultural psychiatry. He is concerned about overreliance on psych meds and their interference with adaptation and resilience.

Joanna Moncrieff, MD

Dr. Moncrieff is a Senior Lecturer at University College London. She is one of the founders and co-chair person of the Critical Psychiatry Network. She has written three books: The Bitterest Pills,  The Myth of the Chemical Cure, and A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs.

Chrys Muirhead

Chrys Muirhead lives in Scotland and is a writer, activist and campaigner in mental health matters.  Chrys has always believed in people power and community development practice.  In 2008 she set up Chrys Muirhead Associates and Peer Support Fife to help bring about psychiatric system change.

Randy Paterson, PhD, RPsych

Psychology and Therapy, Inside and Out: Director of Changeways Clinic and a practicing psychologist in Vancouver, Canada, Randy Paterson blogs about psychotherapy, mood disorders, mental health policy, and the disturbing gap between science and practice.  He is author of The Assertiveness Workbook and Your Depression Map. Dr. Paterson's blogs also appear on his website, Psychology Salon.

Russell Razzaque, MD

Dialogical Psychiatry: Genuinely humanistic dialogue should be at the heart of good mental health care. A vast body of research attests to the central role of relationship in helping people experiencing mental health difficulties, yet this human level connection takes time and effort for clinical staff to cultivate - especially after years of playing the, often remote, role of "professional." In his column, Dr Russell Razzaque - a UK based psychiatrist - discusses mindfulness and other related practices, that help clinicians connect with themselves in order to then more authentically connect with others. Working this way opens up possibilities for new ways of working such as Open Dialogue and other social/network based approaches to care, which Russell also works in, researches and explores in the column.

John Read, PhD

After working for nearly 20 years as a Clinical Psychologist and manager of mental health services in the UK and the USA Dr Read joined the University of Auckland, New Zealand. There he published over 100 papers in research journals, primarily on the relationship between adverse life events and psychosis. He also researches the negative effects of bio-genetic causal explanations on prejudice, and the role of the pharmaceutical industry in mental health. John is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis and editor of the ISPS’s scientific journal ‘Psychosis.’ In February 2015, Dr Read took up the post of Professor of Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University of Techonology in Melbourne. His books include: Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to PsychosisExperiencing Psychosis: Personal and Professional PerspectivesA Straight Talking Introduction to the Causes of Mental Health Problems, and Making Sense of Madness: Contesting the Meaning of Schizophrenia.

Julia Rucklidge, Ph.D.

Nutrition and Mental Health: Julia's interest in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with psychiatric illness despite conventional treatments. She has been investigating the role of micronutrients in mental illness.

Bertel Rüdinger

The Delusional Pharmacist: Bertel Rüdinger is a psychiatric survivor & the only clinical pharmacist in Denmark working with people in supported living. He focuses on empowering people to take control of their psychiatric medication & if their goal is to reduce or taper off them, he  supports them in that process.

Berlin Runaway House

The Berlin Runaway House is an antipsychiatric crisis centre for homeless ex-users of psychiatry. Residents have the opportunity to live through their crisis without psychiatric treatment and to withdraw gradually from psychiatric drugs with support and intensive counselling.

Olga Runciman

Denmark: Voices From the Inside Out. Olga Runciman has worked as a psychiatric nurse and been a patient of the self-same system. She was told that she was an incurable case. She writes on the ethics of psychiatric practices and alternative ways to heal.

Tom Stockmann, MD

Reflections of a UK Psychiatry Trainee: Tom is a psychiatrist in London. He writes about his reflections as he journeys through UK higher psychiatry training, from exploring the causes of his disillusionment with the current mental health system to his ongoing training in Open Dialogue.

Philip Thomas, MD

English Madness: The founder and former co-chair of the Critical Psychiatry Network, psychiatrist Philip Thomas writes of madness, meaning and culture.

Giuseppe Tibaldi

Evidence-Based Hope: An Italian psychiatrist, Giuseppe Tibaldi writes about “personal” accounts of recovery, which he has been gathering for the last decade. He is launching an international initiative at gathering such studies, which he notes should be considered an essential part of the “evidence base” for providing “reasonable hope” to people struggling with psychiatric difficulties.  

Sami Timimi, M.D.

No More Psychiatric Labels:  A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Sami Timimi writes about the Critical Psychiatry movement, an international network of doctors (primarily psychiatrists) who critique current mainstream practice in mental health and are hoping to reform it.

Rachel Waddingham

Alternatives in the UK: Using her experience of developing innovative projects for people who hear voices (including children, young people and people in prison) as a base, Rachel Waddingham explores different ways of understanding, talking about and working with human distress.

Jeremy Wallace, MD

The Recovering Psychiatrist: I am a British trained psychiatrist, working in the public sector in Finland. My primary workplace is within a psychosis rehabilitation clinic. I have become increasingly critical about the way psychiatry is practiced and taught globally. My special interests are in psychosis care, cultural psychiatry and medical education.

Stephen Weatherhead, DClinPsy

Neuro-Boom or Bust? Neuropsychology has seen a great rise to prominence over the last 20 years, largely due to the increase in neuroimaging and rehabilitation. The flip side of this is that it has become a profession at risk of ‘neurofying’ human expressions of distress.

David Webb

Thinking About Suicide: David Webb argues that suicide prevention needs a broad community conversation that challenges the status quo thinking about suicide. At the heart of this conversation will be the first-person voice of survivors and the recognition that suicide prevention is a human rights issue.

Paris Williams, Ph.D

Rethinking Madness:  With the rare perspective of someone who's experienced extreme states from both sides — as a psychologist/researcher and as someone with lived experience — Paris draws from multiple perspectives to explore what it means to be “mad” in a "mad" society.