Earlier tonight, on Friday, 13 May 2011, the two-day symposium Rethinking Psychiatry began. There was some big news: Some of the participants had started a new foundation that won a $2 million dollar grant, to create information and research examples of model alternatives in mental health.


Below are photos from tonight’s opening panel discussion about changing the mental health system, at the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon, at an event called Rethinking Psychiatry. 

The big news is that some of the participants, such as Gina Nikkel (on far right of right side of panel) is on a the new Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health, that a few weeks ago won a $2 million dollar grant to help exchange information and support studies about humane and effective alternatives in mental health. 

Author Robert Whitaker, also at the panel (on left of left panel photo) has blogged about their successful grant here

Listen on Saturday, 14 May 2011 (or hear the archive) as we web broadcast live from the event. 

Left to right: Robert Whitaker (journalist and author of Anatomy of an Epidemic), Terry Danielson (mom of psychiatric survivors, and one of organizers of event), Satyanarayana Chandragiri, M.D. (psychiatrist at Oregon State Hospital, President of Oregon Psychiatric Association).


Panelists (left) from Rethink Psychiatry Opening










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