Here are a few of the honors given to the director of MindFreedom International for his work as a mental health advocacy, human rights activist, community organizer and promoter of humane mental health alternatives.
- Lane Independent Living Alliance award in 2011 for mental health and disability advocacy in Lane County.
- Utne Reader named one of “50 Visionaries” for 2009
- Barrier Awareness Day 2003 Leadership Award in recognition to commitment to advocating for people with psychiatric disabilities, City of Eugene
- International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology presents the 2002 Distinguished Achievement Award for, “a brilliant and caring and man who has selflessly dedicated his life to the international fight for human rights and justice”
- Project Censored award of certificate of appreciate to David Oaks in acknowledgment of exemplary journalism for writing one of the Top Ten Censored Stories of 2000
- Office of Consumer Technical Assistance Recognizes Significant Contributions for work in the area of political activism for Oregon consumer/survivors, May 28, 1999
- David J. Vail National Advocacy Award by National Mental Health Association of Minnesota, presented by National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy in 1994