Updated 18 Feb. 2012: Here are just a few of the blogs with entries that question the mental health industry, and explore alternatives beyond psychiatry.

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Link A Little Local Color: A local oddball’s colorful quips
This Milwaukee, Wisconsin blogger is a mental health system survivor who writes about a variety of local activist fields, including mental health. The blogger wrote to MindFreedom that, “I am a peer specialist and an army veteran. I am one of the people participating in re-designing the mental health system of Milwaukee to be more community based. So I write a lot about mental health.”
Link Anti-Psychiatry Web Log
Livejournal provides web space for a number of communities, in this case one calling itself “Antipsychiatry.” It’s entries are like a blog, along with other resources. This is from their self-description: “This is a community for people who are opposed to the practice and theory of psychiatry. It is a place for people to post information about patient’s rights, the dangers of psychiatric drugs, personal experiences, questions, and thoughts. Please stay on-topic, and please do not join or post if you are just going to laud the ‘benefits’ of psychiatry. There are plenty of communities for that already.”
Link Asylum Squad Side Story
“The Rants and Musings of a Psych Heretic.” A blog from a young artist with a psychiatric label, focusing on her comics. In her words: “This blog serves as a space to post text entries both related and unrelated to the subject matter my comics touch on.” A July 2010 post covers a Mad Pride event in Toronto.
Link Bad Psych
The psychiatric survivor blogger focuses on the psychiatric drugging of children, and the dangers of benzodizapine psychiatric drugs.
Link Beyond Meds
From the blogger: “I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1985 at age 19. I was medicated off and on from 1985 to 1988 and then medicated in 1992 to the present after having the daylights scared out of me by what I now see as ignorant doctors. About three years ago I started questioning the heavy drugging of my symptoms as well as the diagnosis itself. I began the slow and difficult process of withdrawing from my psych meds. I hope to share with the readers of this blog this journey as it continues. This journey includes my ultimate disillusionment of psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry.”
Link Beyond the Psychiatric Box
The blogger writes, “I have created this site as a means of sharing my own trip through the [mental health] system with those who know the experience well, as well as those who don’t. Together we can get beyond the reductionism of psychiatry’s imposed parameters and find real understanding and healing for all.”
Link Bipolar Burbles of Natasha Tracy
Blogger Natasha Tracy describes Bipolar Brubles this way: “I’m an award-winning and influential writer, mental health advocate and professional crazy person. I write primarily about issues of mental health. This is my space online to keep people up to date on what’s going on with me, my memoir off-label: an unbalanced look at a bipolar life and other writing I do”
Link Bitchmagazine Guest Blogger Anna Palindrome: “We’re All Mad Here”
Guest Blogger ANNA PALINDROME has a theme called “We’re All Mad Here.” More than one blogger posting to “Bitchmagazine” is posting on this theme of “We’re All Mad Here,” and commenting on a wide variety of topics related to changed the mental health system. Look for these titles at the bottom of profile in “Recent Blog Posts.”
Link Bitchmagazine Guest Blogger SE Smith on : “We’re All Mad Here”
SE SMITH is one of the Guest Bloggers in Bitch Magazine on the theme of “We’re All Mad Here,” commenting on a wide variety of topics related to changed the mental health system. Look for these titles at the bottom of profile in “Recent Blog Posts.”
Link Blog by Canadian journalist Rob Wipond
Canadian journalist Rob Wipond of Canada has a blog on various issues, including monitoring analyzing current events, media coverage and scientific research surrounding ‘mental health’ issues in Canada and globally.
Link Blue Hackers: By and for people labeled both “geek” and “psychiatrically disordered”
From the “about” page: The objective of this initiative is to make visible that there are many fellow geeks among us who are intimately familiar with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. It helps to know you’re not alone. And it’s not because we’re geeks, but because we’re human.
Link Bruce E. Levine — dissident psychologist — blogs via Huffington.
Bruce E. Levine, PhD has been a practicing psychologist for decades, and he’s a dissident. Perhaps it’s that Bruce was raised working class, but he connects the dots between social change and societal despair. Bruce has several books in the MindFreedom MADMARKET. Bruce blogs via Arianna Huffington’s site.
Link Cape Town Mad Pride
From the about page for this South African-based blog: “This is the website/blog for Cape Town Mad Pride, an annual event that joins the local and international Madness Network in festivities and activism around the issue of cognitive liberty, psychrights and an end to psychiatric oppression. We welcome (ex)users-survivers, patients, inmates, outlaws and all freedom-loving individuals everywhere to join us in a non-violent revolution against the Mental Health system.”
Link Church of Schizophrenia
Intriguingly, blogger writes, “If the actions of people who are called schizophrenic were written up using religious nomenclature instead of scientific nomenclature, they would be protected from harassment by the government by the US Constitution religious protection clause. The ramifications of such a procedure are discussed in this organization guide.”
Link Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault in Toronto, Canada
From the blog: CAPA is an organization – a coalition of people – committed to dismantling the psychiatric system and building a better world through strategic activism. We see the very concept of mental illness as flawed. We object to incarceration, electroshock, and the vast array of brain-damaging drugs. We oppose the violation of human rights which is endemic to psychiatry. Currently, CAPA members are working on developing strategies and actions aimed at curtailing the use of psychiatric drugs and electroshock.
Link Corinna West Blog
Blogger Corinna West of Kansas is a Certified Peer Specialist and her blog focuses on changing the mental health system, and she is “actively working to transform the mental health system into a recovery-focused community of hope.” Corinna has an MS in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She was on the 1996 Olympic Judo Team and is a three-time National Champion and silver medalist at the Pan American Games.
Link CounterPsych (Canada) Blog Talkspot
CounterPsych’s motto is “Blazing Bright New Trails of Understanding, Hope and Collective Change.” The blogger Patricia Lefave identifies as “a former aid who was employed to work one to one with ‘clients’ inside a psychiatric hospital, through a health care agency,” as well as an individual who has experienced the psychiatric system and recovered after diagnosis of “psychosis.”
Link Depression Mental Health
From description: “A support web-site based on depression and mental health problems constructed from a former sufferer.” Includes alternatives to conventional mental health system, and some human rights info.
Link Different Thoughts
This blog is in English though it originates in Denmark. From a quote by Jack Kerouac on the blog, “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble makers., The round pegs in square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status, quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve, them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is, ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire.”
Link Discover and Recover: Resources for Mental Wellness
This blog was converted to a resource guide. Blog author Duane Sherry, M.S., CRC says, “I’ve come to believe in the human spirit, and the strength that comes from learning how to tap into its source. When we do so, we open ourselves to new levels of hope and inspiration, and endless possibilities to experience the fullness of life.” Duane received a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Services Administration from the University of North Texas, and has professional experience as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Duane says, “It has been with humility that I have witnessed the courage of many people who have faced enormous obstacles – and seen their spirits in action. These individuals serve as examples for each of us – to face our challenges head-on, and do our best to rise above them – to focus on our gifts and talents, and use them to do extraordinary things.”

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