An MiA Christmas Wish

Thinking of David Oaks

For nearly 40 years, David Oaks devoted his life to changing the mental health system, and fighting for the rights of “patients” and “ex-patients.” As director of MindFreedom International, he valiantly carried this fight forward in the United States and abroad. Last December, he suffered a horrible fall in his home, which left him partially paralyzed, and with other impairments. His friends are now seeking to raise $100,000 to help him rebuild his life. Ron Unger has written eloquently about this campaign. During this holiday season, when we are prompted to think about those who have made a difference in our lives, our thoughts go to David Oaks, and we hope that our readers will also consider making a contribution to this fund.

Here is how to donate:

By check:  mail the check to Chase Bank, 1100 Willamette St., Eugene, OR 97401 Make payable to “David W Oaks Irrevocable Trust” Write account number 3008433244 in the memo line.

By credit card:  Go to to give now using a credit card or to schedule a monthly donation. You will also find links there to videos about David.


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