If you scrolled around the Mad in the Family page this past week, perhaps you spied a small but significant tweak to one of the Mad in America parent support groups: The monthly Europe group is now open to parents on this side of the Atlantic as well.
This means that MIA now has two groups that welcome people in the United States: the monthly US/Europe group, which meets on the second Thursday at 12 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Berlin time) and is moderated by Claudia Esteve and Olga Runciman; and the weekly, drop-in US/Canada group, which meets at 8 p.m. Eastern each Tuesday and is moderated by Louisa Putnam and Kermit Cole. Both are 90 minutes long.
As usual, the groups are designed to help parents who have children of any age struggling with mental health issues and are seeking alternatives to the standard, drug-based treatment. (And although MIA is hosting these forums, the moderators don’t represent MIA. Their opinions and suggestions are their own.)
Beyond the MIA groups, we also maintain a list of other support groups, both online and in person, that are unaffiliated with (and unendorsed by) Mad in America but share a similar, questioning mindset that challenges the prevailing medical paradigm of care.
As always, please email me with any other groups that you believe would be a good fit — and helpful for parents and others on their journeys to healing alongside loved ones.
Amy Biancolli, Family Editor
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