Changing mental health care can be fun! “Mad Pride” events use creativity to let everyone know we are all equal, including those of us diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities. We are all in the same mad boat! And everyone is invited to join in!
MindFreedom gives a “Mad Pride” hypodermic injection in front of the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. (Click image for close-up.)
MindFreedom Helps You Win Mad Pride!
What is Mad Pride? Mad Pride is a movement that celebrates the humanrights and spectacular culture of people considered very different byour society.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., said over and over that “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” That’s us!
There’s no one right way to hold a Mad Pride event. Just find a way to get together with others and celebrate who you are!
Just think: The most successful Mad Pride event in the movement’s history, in Ireland, was based on the simple idea of “Food, family and fun.”
Make some signs, dress up, have a gathering in the park, and have fun! Then register your event with our site and we’ll publish it.
Want other ideas for your own Mad Pride event?
- To find out more about the Mad Pride campaign, click here.
- Try a little guerilla theater.
- What’s a “bed push”?
- Click here to sign up to receive more information about MindFreedom!
Mad Pride also educates!
Sure Mad Pride is fun, but you can also get out some great brochures about changing the mental health system.
MindFreedomalso offers a brochure that can help you introduce people to thismovement for human rights in mental health. Grassroots activism relieson people power, and this handout is a great way to get other peopleinvolved.
Building MindFreedom Affiliates through Mad Pride
Do you want to do even more to help win human rights in the mental health system?
MindFreedom International can help!
MFI’s mission statement is: “In a spirit of mutual cooperation, MindFreedom leads anonviolent revolution of freedom, equality, truth and human rights thatunites people affected by the mental health system with movements forjustice everywhere.”
Inpractice, one way that MFI promotes mutual cooperation is through our Affiliate Program. An affiliate is simply a member of MindFreedom whowants to organize in his or her local area and act as a point ofcontact for other members who want to get involved. By organizinglocally, you can take advantage of your unique knowledge, skills andconnections and make a significant impact.
We have affiliates all over the world, from MindFreedom Virginia to MindFreedom Ghana.
First, join MindFreedom International as an individual and find out if there is an affiliate in your area.
Ifthere is, our office can help you connect with them. And if there isn’tone in your area just yet, MindFreedom can help you start one! Withsupport through our affiliate email lists, forums and teleconferences,it’s a great place to start, even if you’ve never been involved inorganizing before.