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There is Now Mainly Only ONE (1) Mental Health Issue: Climate

Posted by on August 3, 2018 in Activism, Environment, Mental Health, Normalgeddon, Peer Support | 1 comment

For more than four decades I have worked as an independent activist for human rights in the mental health system. This independence is rather rare. Many of my good friends and colleagues in the mental health advocacy field work for nonprofits that are funded mainly by the government, local state or federal. My friends often do great work, but several of us have warned about dependence on money from the very system we are trying to change. As many readers know, I worked as executive director of MindFreedom International for more than 25 years,...

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Four Great News Items About MindFreedom & Winning Human Rights in Mental Health

Posted by on July 31, 2018 in Activism, Alternatives, Mental Health, Peer Support | 1 comment

I do some consulting for the independent nonprofit, MindFreedom International, which is one of the main coalitions focusing on human rights in mental health. Here are four positive news items about MFI: 1. MindFreedom will be doing another free webinar later this Summer 2018, on choice in mental health. On August 19, 2018, MindFreedom will be holding a new free online webinar about empowering options for people needing mental and emotional support. The title of the webinar: “Voices for Choices: Organizing for Alternatives to Forced...

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We’re finishing “Creative Maladjustment Week” 2018, Get Ready for 2019!

Posted by on July 15, 2018 in Peer Support | 1 comment

We just finished another Creative Maladjustment Week. In case you are new to that phrase, for more than a decade, Martin Luther King talked about “creative maladjustment.” MLK would say that he was proud to be creatively maladjusted to problems like militarism, poverty and racism. A number of years ago, MindFreedom International began a Creative Maladjustment Week to celebrate this idea, and to challenge what is falsely called “normal.” Of course, there are 8 days in Creative Maladjustment Week. I suggest we add a...

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Are You a Psychiatric Survivor in the USA? What Helps Us Speak Up?

Posted by on May 29, 2018 in Peer Support | 6 comments

Those of us who have experienced human rights challenges because of the mental health system, have often been marginalized and silenced. Our viewpoints are diverse, and need to be part of the national conversation. Here in the USA, the debate over gun safety often involves mental health, yet we in the public seldom hear from psychiatric survivors. Personally, what is very horrifying to me is the USA federal government currently has programs in 17 cities to support court-ordered involuntary outpatient mental health. That is right, USA taxpayers...

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Help Wanted in Eugene: Join Our Amazing Homecare Team!

Posted by on March 27, 2018 in Help Wanted | 2 comments

Paid Home Care Worker Wanted Spring 2018: Part-Time, Eugene, OR Have a Current S&DS Home Care Provider Number? Here in southwest Eugene, on a quarter-acre of wild garden, in our little creative home, I have a great team of five fantastic folks. They provide about 85 hours per week to help me get out of bed, do hygiene, eat, get back to bed and various activities of independent living that allow me to live in our community with my amazing wife, Debra. My workers all say they love this job. But one is leaving for a full time position:...

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Your Vision for Thanking Leaders Under 30: How Should We Nominate Youth for Awards?

Posted by on February 19, 2018 in Peer Support | Comments Off on Your Vision for Thanking Leaders Under 30: How Should We Nominate Youth for Awards?

Let us thank young people for their leadership, vision, creativity and for just putting up with the bullshit that is piling up all around us! Yes, we should give everyone an award, just for existing! But where do we start? I agree with the philosophy shared by many and credited to the Iroquois Confederacy: think ahead seven generations. How about we start with folks under 30, the ones we in the counterculture are supposed to trust. I figure that seven generations from now would be a few years after the turn of the century, 2200. That might...

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Happy Groundhog Day! Friday, Feb 2, 2018, Win Human Rights in Mental Health!

Posted by on January 29, 2018 in Peer Support | Comments Off on Happy Groundhog Day! Friday, Feb 2, 2018, Win Human Rights in Mental Health!

Especially for those of you who live in Eugene, this Friday you are invited to join us at the LILA Peer Support Club, free. We will build MindFreedom Oregon and then have fun on the stage with folk singer David Rogers and others. Here is more info, and you can download this flyer: 2018-02-02-mf-oregon Facebook event here. Text: HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY! Win Human Rights & Humane Alternatives in the Mental Health System in Lane County! Where: Cuckoo’s Nest Stage LILA Peer Support Club 990 Oak St, Eugene (NW corner 8th & Oak) Date:...

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Documentary on Involuntary Mental Health Has Interview with Me: Free Showing in Eugene 1/30/2018

Posted by on January 29, 2018 in Peer Support | Comments Off on Documentary on Involuntary Mental Health Has Interview with Me: Free Showing in Eugene 1/30/2018

I’ll go to free showing tomorrow of new documentary about controversy of involuntary mental healthcare. Movie is appropriately called “Crazy” and appropriately I am one of those interviewed in the flick. If you are in Eugene Tues 1/30, more info about the 5:30 showing is here on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1078812778925476/ Here is a PDF of the flyer: crazy-eugene-20180130-flyer (1) Please note that you can help prep for the showing and chat with me after 4 pm tomorrow. See...

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Eugene Men Who Survived Sexual Assault Now Have Free Weekly Support Meetup

Posted by on January 17, 2018 in Alternatives, Mental Health, Peer Support | Comments Off on Eugene Men Who Survived Sexual Assault Now Have Free Weekly Support Meetup

Thankfully, the USA culture is discussing more than ever the hidden oppression of sexual assault against women. However, men who have had their lives disrupted by unwanted or abusive sexual experiences might not have felt the same level of support or not known where to turn. A local respected nonprofit here in Eugene, Oregon, Sexual Assault Support Services, has mainly worked with female survivors, but they have a resource for male survivors. Many group meetings for counseling have a formal expectation for attending, but this meetup is more...

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Wow, it has been 5 years since I broke my neck… time to party!

Posted by on November 29, 2017 in Peer Support | 1 comment

Download a pdf flyer of the below here: 12-1-2017-mf-oregon.4 You are invited to a free celebration by David Oaks: “It’s Been 5 Years Since My Accident!” Where: Cuckoo’s Nest Stage LILA Peer Support Club 990 Oak St, Eugene (NW corner 8th & Oak) Date: Friday, Dec 1, 2017 Time: Starts at 3 pm  Who? Confirmed: David Rogers, folk singer. Howard Falk, stand-up comedian. Sarah Smith, MindFreedom International. Chrissy Peirsol & David Oaks, revolutionary psychiatric survivor activists. Libbie Rascon, Office of Consumer Activities....

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