With the theme “Occupy Normal: Life After Labels,” the 8 October 2011 MFI Live Free Web Radio show was a success. Participants in several “Occupy” events throughout the USA talked about how the mental health consumer/psychiatric survivor movement can play a supportive role.

Aki Imai is helping to launch the Boycott Normal Campaign.


The 8 October 2011 show was surprisingly great! 

Joining AKI IMAI and KRISTA ERICKSON as guests, was Frank Blankenship from MindFreedom Florida, and Mary, an MFI member from Philadelphia. And callers from all over. 

The question: How can the movement to change mental health help support the Occupy movement, and work together for major change? 

You can hear the 90 minute show for free via archive by clicking here:

BELOW is the original announcement with more info about the show:


 MFI Live Web Radio interviews AKI IMAI (see photo) who has launched a campaign to show there is life after psychiatric labels.  Plus psychiatric survivor KRISTA ERICKSON, host DAVID OAKS, and your live calls on this 90 minute show.

Your calls are welcome on the next MindFreedom Live Free Web Radio hour this Saturday, 8 October 2011 

At 2 pm ET, 11 am PT: click here:

Call-in Number: (646) 595-2125.

Guests are:

Aki Imai (photo above right) 

Krista Erickson (photo lower right)

  • Aki Imai is leading a campaign to encourage people to speak out that there is hope after getting psychiatric labels, and there is hope after being prescribed psychiatric drugs. This is a ‘mental health’ version of the famous campaign ‘it gets better.’
  • Krista Erickson is a psychiatric survivor who will brief us about the international Boycott Normal campaign, to challenge the psychiatric labeling machine known as the DSM or Diagnostic and Statistcal Manual. 
  • David Oaks is a director of MindFreedom International. 

The MindFreedom Boycott Normal Campaign connects deep change in the mental health system, with questioning economic and ecological disasters that are now generally considered “normal.”

For more info on Boycott Normal, click here.

How to Listen and Call-in Live, or Hear Archive Later


You can listen and call-in live and free by either computer or phone from anywhere in the world.

WHEN:  Saturday, 8 October 2011 – Expanded ninety (90) minute show

  • USA: 11 am Pacific, 12 noon Mountain, 1 pm Central, 2 pm Eastern
  • UTC/GMT: 6 pm [18:00]
  • London/Dublin: 7 pm [19:00]
  • Berlin: 8 pm [20:00]
  • Auckland: 7 am 
Your live calls, questions, comments, are welcome, here:
 (646) 595-2125.

David W. Oaks

Host David Oaks, director, MindFreedom International (photo right) will host.

Plus you’ll hear the absolute latest news about the movement to change the mental health system.


More about Aki Imai


Aki Imai is a Graduate Student in his early 20’s from Japan. He is in a Clinical Psychology program at Miami University of Ohio but says he has “a love and hate relationship with psychology.”

So this Saturday, 8 October, 2 pm ET:

AT THAT TIME CLICK HERE to listen and call in LIVE (or click after the show to hear archives):

To find your local time click here.

Ask questions by phone, or e-mail questions to

Can’t get to a computer that day? No problem!

Back by popular demand: You can again use the call-in number just to listen, like a teleconference:

Online, you can join a live chat. 

You can also call in via your BlogTalkRadio web site or Skype. For tips on calling via Skype for free, click here.


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