lunedì 29 luglio 2019

APA Protest 1

Thanks to Sarah for her video in the 2019 Virtual Protest of the American Psychiatric Association.
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FIRST DO NO HARM - Mary Maddock - MindFreedom Ireland/International

Mary Maddock brings us the next video of the 2019 Virtual Protest of the American Psychiatric Association.
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Lauren J. Tenney - The Sprawl of American Psychiatry

This work was done, in part, to offer a history of the American Psychiatric Association, in light of 175 years of its existence.
For the full presentation, please visit:
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Kind regards,
Lauren J. Tenney, Phd, Mphil, MPA, Psychiatric Survivor

Tough Love for Thomas Szasz: A Book Review

Michael Fontaine, PhD

A review of Thomas Szasz: an appraisal of his legacy. Edited by C. V. Haldipur, James L. Knoll IV, and Eric v. d. Luft. Oxford University Press, 2019.
Google Books preview here.

1961 was a significant year in the history of psychiatry because it spawned a proliferation of critical books by psychiatrists, sociologists, and philosophers in both the United States and Europe—launching psychiatry into crisis.” (Pols, p. 16)
Call it a coincidence, but Mad Magazine was right: with the publication of The Myth of Mental Illness, the world turned upside down in 1961. The author of that book, Dr. Thomas Szasz (1920-2012), was one of the greatest thinkers and prose stylists of the last 100 years. Has it really been seven years since he died? It has, and enough time has passed that we can start to take stock of his legacy.

Voices for Choices (1 of 13) - Fighting for human rights in mental health

Voices for Choices is the first of its kind. Courageous individuals speak out about their experience with the mental health system’s use of force and coercion. They share about alternative approaches and healing modalities they have explored and their effective approaches to organizing and activism. 

Voices for Choices (2 of 13) - History of psychiatric treatment

Mental health treatment has come in many forms throughout history. For most of history, people considered “crazy” were banished, beaten, or kept locked away in cellars and attics. In 17th-century Europe, they were confined in large institutions, not for purposes of treatment, but to remove them from society. At the turn of the 19th century, treatment of emotional distress became medicalized into “diseases” such as paranoia, dementia, manic-depression, and epilepsy.

8 Ways I Am Celebrating July 2019 as Mad Pride Month. How will you celebrate next July 2020?

Leonard Roy Frank:

Posted by on July 15, 2019 in Activism, Alternatives, Legislature, Mental Health, Peer Support

Today is 15 July 2019, and we honor the birthday of the late great Leonard Roy Frank, one of the main psychiatric survivor leaders of our modern era, and a good friend (his photo is on the left). I have blogged about Leonard before, and Mad Pride Month needs to celebrate Leonard:
Leonard supported grassroots activism wherever you are. Our local group, MindFreedom Oregon, is a state affiliate of the human rights coalition MindFreedom International. We support calling this whole month of July, Mad Pride Month!

Janet Foner - Mind Freedom International

This is David W. Oaks former director of MindFreedom International with very sad news. One of my best friends, one of the founders of MFI, who served on the board for decades -- Janet Foner -- died last night 23 July 2019 at 73. I just got off the phone with another of her close friends, MFI Board President Celia Brown. We talked about Janet's lifelong loving, strong leadership for mental health liberation. Admirer tributes & memories to come. Thanks, we love you Janet!

sabato 22 giugno 2019

"handicapped and crazy celebrating" Pride Parade Berlin on June 22., 2019

"handicapped and crazy celebrating"
Pride Parade Berlin on June 22., 2019,
15 pm from jannowitzbrücke #madpride

Colectivos de salud mental piden justicia para la joven que murió atada en un hospital de Asturias

Concentración contra las contenciones mecánicas.

Cincuenta profesionales de la salud elaboran un informe que señala las contradicciones del informe forense, que concluye “que se trata de una muerte natural” y que “el internamiento en la unidad de Psiquiatría fue procedente”.

 Andreas acabó en la unidad de psiquiatría, donde murió en abril de 2017, debido a una mirada “extremadamente reduccionista” de la salud mental. Así lo creen los 65 colectivos que firman el Manifiesto de repudio por la muerte de Andreas, la joven de 26 años que falleció a causa de una meningitis y una miocarditis en 2017 tras estar atada 75 horas a una cama en la unidad psiquiátrica del Hospital Central Universitario de Asturias (HUCA).

Napoli Teatro Festival, Tso e abusi:martedì 25 giugno 2019, la storia di Mastrogiovanni a teatro

Debutta il 25 giugno 2019 alle ore 21 in Galleria Toledo, nell’ambito del Napoli Teatro Festival Italia 2019 il nuovo spettacolo di Mirko Di Martino, direttore artistico del Teatro Tram di via Port’Alba a Napoli. “Il maestro più alto del mondo“– che gode del patrocinio di Giffoni Experience e della Presidenza del Consiglio della Regione Campania, Amnesty International e il Forum dei Giovani della Regione Campania– racconta la tragica storia di Franco Mastrogiovanni, insegnante elementare morto nel 2009 nel reparto psichiatrico dell’ospedale di Vallo della Lucania: 87 ore prima era stato ricoverato a seguito di un Trattamento Sanitario Obbligatorio, 87 ore dopo moriva con le mani e i piedi legati al letto, senza aver bevuto né mangiato.