Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Tag: Psychiatric Survivor Movement

We Are the 100%: World Mad Pride, Disability, & Revolution

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This year, I finally got that first major speaking invitation: One of the four keynoters in the largest gathering each year for mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, Peerpocalypse.

Re-establishing My Credentials: Psychiatric Survivor Activists Are Needed Now!

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For more than four decades, I have worked as a psychiatric-survivor human rights activist. Then, at the end of 2012, I broke my neck. As readers of my blog posts, such as those on Mad in America, know, I have devoted the past few years to rehab and activism. But it has been a while since my last personal blog. Let me sum up my Mad Pride journey today, because a lot is changing.

On Human Rights and Surviving Race: A Conversation with Celia Brown

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An interview with Celia Brown: psychiatric survivor, human rights activist, and president of MindFreedom International.

Survivorship, Resistance, and Connection: An Interview with Dorothy Dundas

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An interview with activist Dorothy Dundas about her connection to the psychiatric survivor movement from the 1970s to today.

Uncomfortable Relations: Reflections on Learning From Psychiatric Survivors

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I increasingly think we can only reach greater understanding by working through our own experiences first, and then, if we can, alongside survivors. That will help us become more open to survivor knowledge. For example, we may need to work through our own need for control and understanding. It’s helpful to consider our own reactions to distress or madness — in ourselves and others.

Rethinking Madness and Medication: Researcher Discusses Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal and Survivor...

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New understandings of medication and withdrawal experiences warrant rethinking conceptualizations of health and “madness."

Jeffrey Michael Friedman: Trauma and Forced Psychiatric Treatment

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An interview with Jeffrey Michael Friedman, clinical social worker and activist in the psychiatric survivors movement who provides trauma-informed therapy to victims of abuse and violence, including those who have survived abuses within the mental health system.

Judi Chamberlin and the Fight Against Institutionalizing Women

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In this piece for Rooted in Rights, s.e. smith chronicles the life of Judi Chamberlin and discusses the important role she played at the intersection of...

Finding the Meaning in Suffering: My Experience with Coming off Psychiatric...

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For the last month or so, Mad in America has been hard at work building a directory of “mental health” providers across North America (and eventually, we hope, the world) who will work with people wanting to come off psychotropic drugs.  I’ve been honored to have been tasked with the responsibility of building this directory, and I have to say, it’s been inspiring to talk to people all over the country who do this work, and who “get it”.

Free from Harm? Reflecting on the Dangers of the White...

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“And so what we should be thinking about is our responsibility to care for and shield them from harm and give them the...