Mark Your Calendar for the first Wednesday
A Conversation on Decolonization and Building an anti-racist approach with the psychiatric survivor movement
Wednesday, December 1st,
3:00 pm Pacific
6:00 pm Eastern
Judi’s Room, presented by MindFreedom International and ‘I Love You, Lead On’ is named after Judi Chamberlin, the famed human rights activist. It is a monthly, facilitated discussion following a panel of guests and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Sign language interpretation is provided.
Celia Brown – Facilitator
Celia Brown is an African American woman, psychiatric survivor, speaker, trainer. She is a long-time activist in the consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement. Celia is Board President of Mind Freedom International and founder of Surviving Race: The Intersection of Injustice, Disability and Human Rights. The support of her family and the survivor movement has shaped Celia’s experiences of alternative ways of healing, self-determination, and supporting and promoting human rights of people with psychiatric histories.
Chacku Mathai is an Indian American, born in Kuwait, who became involved in survivor/ex-patient advocacy efforts as a teenager with a psychiatric and addiction history. His personal and family experiences with racialized trauma led to suicide attempts, drug overdoses, and psychiatric and addiction diagnoses as a youth and young adult. These experiences launched Chacku and his family towards a number of efforts to advocate for alternative supports, equity, and inclusion in the community.
Emmy Charissa is a Southeast Asian user and survivor of psychiatry who grew up and lives in Singapore. She is involved in legislative advocacy at the international and national levels. She is passionate about language justice and likes to connect people.
Vesper Moore (they/elle)
Vesper Moore is a mad liberation activist, trainer, writer, and psychiatric survivor. They have been advocating as a part of the mad movement for several years and have been the recipient of many social justice and diversity awards.
Vesper has brought the perspectives of mad people, disabled people, and psychiatric survivors to national and international spaces. They have experience working as a consultant for both the United States government and the United Nations in shaping strategies around trauma, intersectionality, and disability rights. They have been at the forefront of legislative reform to shift the societal paradigm around mental health. Vesper as a mad queer indigenous person has made it their life’s mission to rewrite the narrative psychiatry has enforced on our society.
Sae Kim, a proud immigrant and a queer woman of color, is a passionate believer in peer support and holistic approaches to wellness and healing. As a former director of a peer run respite program, Sae experienced firsthand the power of mutually supportive relationships that can liberate and empower people. Sae hopes to spread the healing power of authentic connections and to work toward creating a community that affirms and values the humanity of every single person.