Court ruling on Illinois warehoused psychiatric inmates

Info Federal Court Advances Challenge to Illinois Policy Warehousing Residents Labeled with Mental Illnesses from Bazleon Center, a sponsor group of MFI Press Release: November 20, 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thousands of people with mental illnesses who are “needlessly segregated and inappropriately warehoused” in large nursing homes in Illinois now have an opportunity to challenge…

“Alphabet,” world social forum, psychiatry

Info A creative individual submitted an ‘alphabet’ about the mental health system to MindFreedom, that is intended to educate the World Social Forum. [Background: The “World Social Forum” is an enormous event gathering together many different people from multiple issues about social justice, etc. Below is a forwarded creative piece from psychiatric survivors who intend…

Personal accounts of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors

Info Personal accounts of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors These are first person descriptions by MindFreedom members of human rights violations in the psychiatric system. Tapley-Milton and “Mind Full of Scorpions” MindFreedom member Katherine Tapley-Milton of New Brunswick, Canada has a personal web site with information about her book about surviving psychiatric abuse called…

The NY Times exposes multiple psychiatric drugging of kids.

Info On 23 November 2006 The New York Times ran a major article questioning the way young people in the USA are frequently prescribed a “chemical cocktail” of prescribed psychiatric drugs. MFI NEWS ANALYSIS 23 November 2006 – MindFreedom International The NY Times has published a significant investigation of the use of “polypharmacy” on children…

Proof is Scant on Psychiatric Drug Mix for Young

Info Document Actions Print this The New York Times reveals the frequent and controversial practice of prescribing multiple psychiatric drugs for young people in the USA, a practice sometimes known as “chemical cocktails” or “polypharmacy.” Proof is Scant on Psychiatric Drug Mix for Young Date Published: Nov 23, 2006 03:00 AM Author: Gardiner Harris Source:…

Psychiatric Institutionalization

Info Psychiatric Institutionalization Stories and information challenging the use of coerced lock-ups in psychiatric institutions. Psychiatric Abuse of Walter Vetsch MindFreedom member Walter Vetsch has chronicled his ordeals as a college student in the 1960’s who was tortured by psychiatrists for seven years after the university psychiatrist said he was “schizophrenic” and ordered his commitment.…

Toronto, Canada reports about the Mad Pride 2006 events.

Info Mad Pride 2006 was a great success in Toronto, Canada this year as ruth ruth from Friendly Spike Theater, an MFI Sponsor Group, gives a “live report.” Friendly Spike Theater of Toronto, Canada is a Sponsor Group of MFI. MAD PRIDE brings us together! by ruth ruth – friendlyspike@globalserve.net     September 21, 2006 4:33:14…

Mad Arts Artist Wins Half Million Dollars

Info A New York City-based artist who works on transforming abandoned psychiatric institutions into memorials with art (such as Northampton State Hospital in Massachusetts) won a MacArthur “Genius Award” of $500,000. Anna Schuleit, artist from Chronicle of Philanthropy – 19 September 2006 MacArthur Foundation Names Recipients of ‘Genius Awards’ By Marty Michaels The John D.…

Arts

Info Arts Role of art, music, dance, writing, theater in challenging psychiatric human rights violation and in assisting in the emergence of emotional and mental well being and recovery. Mad arts news, announcements A few links, news items, announcements related to the ‘mad arts.’ Mad Poetry Poetry cannot be silenced by psychiatric oppression. Here are…