EUGENE, OR — FALL 2014 — News Release
A recent blog entry by long-time activist David Oaks is receiving quite a lot of attention among fellow activists working for major change of the mental health industry. In the blog, David tells his friend Marcia’s story of mental health rights abuse and activism. He writes, “Marcia’s story riveted me because it involves activism, madness, psychiatric torture of her beloved daughter, Unitarianism, secret poisoned-pen letters, Scientology and global warming!” The story is certainly intriguing, and has quickly gathered more than 30 lively comments.
It has been 40 years since David W. Oaks was locked up for the first of five times by the psychiatric system. For 25 years he served as director of MindFreedom International, one of the main independent human rights groups in mental health. Then he broke his neck, and for the last 18 months he has been in a powerchair with a new label of “quad.” He prefers PsychoQuad, and people can find his new website name www.psychoquad.com. David W. Oaks continues to speak out, and he is making waves.
Today, Oaks devotes himself to the intersection of the mental health system, disability and the environmental destruction of planet Earth resulting in global warming. Oaks calls this dangerous combination Normalgeddon.
Oaks turns 59 on his birthday, Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Oaks said, “Do not worry about cards or gifts. I’m not fishing for praise. Just comment here on my blog and that will be birthday gift enough for me. Please try to leave your comments again, it should work now!”
Author Bob Whitaker is the publisher of the website “Mad in America.” He said, “As the long-time director of MindFreedom, David Oaks has been a leading voice for ‘rethinking psychiatry’ for decades. His writings will serve as an important contribution to madinamerica.com.” Oaks, 58, is based in Eugene, Oregon, where he lives with the one he calls his “true love Debra.”
Upcoming blogs by David will include his review of a new film about global mental health, how everyone can and should be a leader to stop Normalgeddon and more about the strange controversy involving Unitarianism and Scientology. Below find some links for you to explore:
David W. Oaks in Mad in America website: http://www.madinamerica.com/author/doaks/
This original blog: http://www.psychoquad.com/
To support David Oaks, such as donating to his trust: http://www.supportdavidoaks.org/
Search on facebook: david w. oaks, support david oaks, iaacm, mindfreedom, mad in america, uu mental health justice