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I loved your article. Thanks for sharing such a personal story. I have shared similar experiences.
The people are the most interesting and fun part of being at Alternatives. You meet hundreds of folks who are creating the Alternatives in their communities. It is one thing to sit and complain about how things are but it is great to see folls putting their belief in a better way in action.
I think an independent conference focused on humane rights would be a great idea. The Alternatives while having many good sessions on rights advocacy mostly is focused on developing Peer Support efforts. I think a conference just on organizing to fight efforts like the Murphy bill would be very important..
I am very happy that the movement to hold psychiatry accountable has grown to the large and healthy state that it has. I for one plan to do what I can to keep it growing.
I believe this is an open forum.and I have as much right as anyone to present my views. I think it’s the kind of nasty negative approach that I seen in this thread that is done more to destroy the anti psychiatry approach than any thing I could have done
No old head
I just think it fair that folks hear both sides of the story. Ted has his version of history and I have mine. In fact the editor has asked me to blog a response to Ted. I plan to tell folks about a wonderful movement of hard working folks who work hard every day to make a difference.
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Hi Ted you seem to be asking why I am posting here. It seems only fair since folks have chosen to put your post on several of the sites we run.
We have a list of Peer Run programs at http://www.mhselfhelp.org
I think it is great the good old radical view point is alive a well. I have done a lot of work with David Oaks and Mind Freedom over the years and have been a big supporter of his work. So I think the independent unfunded movement is alive and well.
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I would also like to point out that the Murphy bill would not only defund SAMHSA funded efforts but the Protection and Advocacy program which provides legal services to people fighting for their rights in the Psychiatric System.
I think that having an an independent voice of people who have been labeled psychiatrically is vital to the health of a larger movement. Those of us who work in mental health advocacy and get paid or always subject to the problems related to getting government money. Having folks who work for free guarantees that there’ll always be a voice fighting for the rights of people labeled mentally ill . I have always been a strong supporter of Mind a Freedom and my organization has worked in several coalition efforts with them.
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