Psychiatric Survivor Movement History
The current era of psychiatric survivor and ally activism is generally considered to have begun in about 1970.
Each year for many years in the 1970’s and 1980’s, there was an annual gathering of psychiatric survivors, usually on a different college campus in the US or Canada. It became known as the “International Conference on Human Rights and Against Psychiatric Oppression.” At the 1982 gathering in Toronto, participants agreed to these principles.
Madness Network News, out of the Bay Area of California, helped network thousands of psychiatric survivors and allies internatioanlly. Their logo was a woman breaking free from a strait jacket.
Maria Duerr presented this thesis about the history of the psychiatric survivor movement for her Masters Degree in Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in June 1996. (This PDF is 141 pages.)