The Harvard Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy Group (MHAAG) invited David to speak on the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts on a Sunday afternoon, 4 October 2009. The Lowell House Junior Common Room was about full, as David spoke to a diverse and lively audience that included Harvard students, a professor, and community members, many of whom identified themselves as mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. Here is the recommendation for the presentation from the Co-Chairs of MHAAG.

David Oaks gave a presentation at Harvard University on behalf of the Harvard Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy Group, as well as the Transformation Center and the National Empowerment Center.

He spoke about his life as an advocate for mental health patients and the work he does at MindFreedom International. Members of the Harvard community as well as former and current mental health patients not affiliated with Harvard were in attendance. We were impressed by David’s professionalism and steadfastness and also moved by the compassion that drives his work. We were very happy to give David a chance to give this presentation and reach out to other people.

Lianna Karp and Christopher Lim
Harvard Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy Group, Co-Chairs