World Mental Health Day 2015 – “Dignity in Mental Health”
Mindfreedom Ghana and other advocates participated in the Street March in Cape Coast Central Region, Ghana as part of their activities to mark World Mental Health Day 2015.
Notes from the 2014 Creative Revolution Conference
Special thanks to Celia Brown for collecting these notes from last summer’s successful Creative Revolution conference at the Wisdom House in Connecticut.
MindFreedom staffer pens a vision statement for our new campaign, MFI Health Connections
MindFreedom would love to hear about your interest. We plan on developing a network of natural health and advocacy allies and starting a dialog to see how we can work together.
2014 Creative Revolution Conference: “Developing and Expanding Alternatives” JULY 24TH – JULY 27TH, 2014
The conference is still open for registration. The Choices in Mental Health Committee of MindFreedom International is proud to sponsor this exciting gathering at the Wisdom House in beautiful Litchfield, Connecticut. Author/activist, Robert Whitaker and Mary Ellen Copeland will be the keynote speakers.
Urgent appeal for MindFreedom Ghana office space
Please read the appeal letter from Celia Brown, MindFreedom Board President, to raise urgently needed funds to keep office space for MindFreedom Ghana open.
Members of Congress: Oppose “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” (H.R. 3717)
Join us in signing this important online petition by National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy petitioning The U.S. House of Representatives…
Training and International Certification now available for Therapeutic Spiral Model in March
MindFreedom International is initiating an extensive 2 year training program in New York City with Dr. Kate Hudgins, the originator of the Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM) for International Certification in her worldwide highly acclaimed, non-medical, trauma informed, strength based model of action methods.
MindFreedom/Mad Market Book Club launches today
MFI Book Club starting up: Sign up today for a special MFI Book Club Talk discussion group!
Israeli Court: No Forced Electroshock
Israeli District Court Judge, Gidon Ginat, rules that electroshock treatments will not be administered against the patient’s will, including not during forced hospitalization in a closed ward of a psychiatric hospital. The judge cited patients not receiving adequate legal representation, as well as potential problems with how they determine a person to be “dangerous,” which may affect the person’s case.
The Open Paradigm Project: MindFreedom International embraces the work of filmmaker
The Open Paradigm Project: Testimonials of Hope From People who Rejected Psychiatric Diagnoses
Norwegian Alleges Forced Psychiatric Drugs, Lock-Up
Andre Dahl Jensen of Norway says his demands are simple: “Help me end this nightmare I am living. I demand human rights, mutual respect, freedom and an end to the persistent persecution of people by psychiatry.”
Mad Pride Toronto 2012: A Celebration of Madness
Toronto was just one of the places that held Mad Pride 2012 events, but what an amazing collection of events over five days! This is inspiring for you to hold your own Mad Pride event. Any time is good, but think “July 2013,” because that’s mad Pride Month!
Irish Minister Launches Book Critical of Mental Health Industry
MindFreedom Ireland organized a gathering to launch a new book by dissident mental health professional, Dr. Terry Lunch, about ‘Selfhood.’ Irish Minister of State Kathleen Lynch TD performed the launch, praising Dr. Lynch’s work for psychiatric survivors.
John McCarthy – Irish Poet, Mad Pride Leader, Psychiatric Survivor – RIP
Mary Maddock of the MindFreedom International board of directors just contacted us with the sad news: After a long motor neurone illness, mad pride leader, poet and psychiatric survivor John McCarthy of Cork, Ireland died this morning at 61. Whether you knew him personally or not, John is a hero for our “mad movement.” Below are some Mad Pride memories of John. [Updated 14 July 2012]
New book on coercion in mental health includes chapter by former MindFreedom director, David Oaks
World Psychiatric Association leaders created a book about coercion in psychiatry, much of it supporting coercion. A chapter by psychiatric survivor David Oaks condemns involuntary mental health procedures, and calls for peaceful protests. You may download a free sample of his chapter here.
New MindFreedom Journal Focus on Allies: Families, Theater, Advocates, Providers
The brand new MindFreedom Journal #51 is now out! Theme: How to work with people and groups who support the human rights of psychiatric survivors. Here’s how you can get your new issue.
MF Alert: Canadian 9-year-old forcibly given psychiatric drugs, over family’s wishes
Canadian authorities are allegedly giving powerful psychiatric drugs to a nine-year-old girl diagnosed autistic, over the united and expressed wishes of the family, according to her father. MindFreedom issued this alert about how you can help.
MindFreedom International Delegation Visits Ghana
A delegation from MindFreedom International, with support from Open Society Institute, visited Accra, Ghana, Africa to do a training, and meet with a wide variety of cross-disability organizations, a government official. The delegation visited Accra’s psychiatric institution.
Worst Mental Health Media of 2010: Canada’s National Post Biased Articles by Joseph Brean
MFI gives the “2010 Worst Media Coverage of Mental Health Award” to reporter Joseph Brean from Canada’s National Post. During mental health month in May 2010, Brean horribly mis-covered the international PsychOUT conference of psychiatric survivors activists and allies, who gathered from five nations to resist psychiatric human rights violations. In December 2010, Brean capped off his angry year with a biased article lashing out at critics of mental health system human rights violations.
Journal Seeks Papers from Mental Health Consumers & Psychiatric Survivors
MindFreedom Members, Marcela Musgrove, Leticia Villarreal Sosa, and colleague Madalyn Marcus, are working on a special issue of The Journal of Participatory Medicine on Mental Health. They are seeking diverse perspectives from participatory research, opinion pieces, book reviews, writings by survivors/consumers, etc.