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 are spending more than $50 million to coerce hundreds of their fellow citizens to take psychiatric drugs that they do not want.

Of course, this outpatient coerced mental healthcare has gone on for decades on the state-level, impacting thousands. But there is something about the USA federal government paying directly for these coerced outpatient procedures that really bothers me.

If you would like to read more about USA federal support for court-ordered involuntary outpatient mental health, I have blogged about it here.

Are You a USA Psychiatric Survivor?

For decades, I have been a public activist as a psychiatric survivor. Each of us defines “psychiatric survivor” in our own ways. For me, I experienced coerced mental healthcare inside a psychiatric institution about five times.

I am helping MindFreedom International, one of the main independent human rights action groups in mental health, to learn from psychiatric survivors about what can help get out our stories. I am facilitating a national focus group on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Ideally, you would have access to a webcam that works. We will take care of all the technical needs for a video teleconference.

We only have limited room, so if you are interested, please contact me soon. Even if you cannot join us on that day, I would like to hear from you. For instance, I am working on a survey of USA psychiatric survivors.

If you are a USA psychiatric survivor who would like to be in touch, please email to me via my consulting business, Aciu Institute, LLC: revolution@aciu.info

MindFreedom is helping to get out the word, such as with the following blurb that is on their website: http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom-hosts-focus-group-need-ten-psychiatric-survivors-1/

MindFreedom is Recruiting Ten Psychiatric Survivors for a Focus Group

MindFreedom International is hosting a web-based focus group on June 10 for psychiatric survivors. Participants will be paid a small stipend for their time. See details below.

MindFreedom is Recruiting Ten Psychiatric Survivors for a Focus Group

Focus Group

David W. Oaks, psychiatric survivor activist and past Executive Director of MindFreedom International, is reaching out to other psychiatric survivors in the USA. Do you identify as a psychiatric survivor in the USA? Please consider emailing to David, via his consulting business: revolution@aciu.info.
 
David is holding a two hour, web-based focus group for psychiatric survivors on June 10. Participants will receive a modest stipend for their time. Participants must have access to a computer that is connected to the internet in order to participate in the focus group. Please email soon. Paid stipends are limited to ten participants.

6 Comments

  1. Unfortunately, the information about the protest in New York is weak. Here on YouTube for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhXsnltIOq8 the number of views is very small. And the comments are mostly mine. Why no one else responds?

  2. David: I am interested in being one of the 10 “chosen ones”. My server would not “open up” the “revolution” email…,

    Let me know if I am selected…I consider myself worthy with much experience in the psychiatric-survivor movement.

    • Andy, great to hear from you, anyone who is interested, the blog gives an email address to contact. Space is limited, but even if anyone is not able to be on the focus group, we will be doing a survey about USA psych survivors. Break the silence! Thanks again.

  3. Will to do it. Unique perspective. https://protestapa.com/

  4. I would be interewted in doing it. I have a unique perspective.
    But if you are up for the views of a person who will die from lithium, who has done 7 months, who perceives the whole consumer trap as a way to keep us unemployed….. and separate us from our children… then:

    https://protestapa.com/

    Welcome to my paranoid, yet successful world, where I eschew all psychological services and the very idea of mental “health.”

    • Thanks Grace. I just posted the following because of the comment by Andy and this applies: “The blog gives an email address to contact. Space is limited, but even if anyone is not able to be on the focus group, we will be doing a survey about USA psych survivors. Break the silence! Thanks again.”

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