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Share Your Stories of Life After Labeling

MindFreedom International invites you to share stories of labeling, resistance, and recovery.

MindFreedom calls on you share your stories about your experience having a mental health label, how you overcame being just another diagnosis, and any words of wisdom can you share to let others know that there is life after being labeled.


Tell Your Story

  • YouTube: Create your own video of you telling your story about overcoming labels, taking creative action, or otherwise boycotting normality. It gets better for psychiatric survivors too! Upload a video with the tag: Life After Labels

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  • Blog: You can read mental health stories about resistance and recovery, and post your own at: Life After Labels. Help show young people and the newly-labeled after the hopelessness of psychiatric labeling and drugging. This MFI project is headed up by Aki, and co-sponsored by Icarus Project. email: lifeafterlabels@gmail.com

    Facebook: search Life After Labels, and share the page with your friends.


Give Others Hope

Throughout history, people with mental health labels have been given a message of doom, that there is something fundamentally wrong with you, and you will never be normal.

While the number of youth and adults with psychiatric labels is on the rise, so is the need for there to be a message of hope.

MindFreedom wants young adults (and everyone!) to understand that:

  1. You are more than your label. You are an important member of society with a lot to contribute.
  2. Creativity and diversity are positive, enriching elements of a society.
  3. Martin Luther King, Jr. called on us to be "creatively maladjusted." Maladjustment is a perfectly appropriate, natural response to many things we encounter in this world.
  4. Recovery is possible.

Personal stories help others know that they are not alone, life is not hopeless, and it gets better.

In the spirit of mutual support, please share your story today.

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Dorothy Dundas

While institutionalized for three years as an adolescent in the 1960's, MindFreedom member Dorothy Washburn Dundas was labeled a "schizophrenic" and forced to undergo 40 combined insulin coma-electroshock "treatments." Dorothy says, "I experienced and witnessed many atrocities. I believe that luck, determination, and my own anger and one compassionate advocate were my best friends on the road to my ultimate survival and freedom." Through a number of op-ed pieces, she has voiced her opposition to abusive psychiatric practices. Her poster, "Behind Locked Doors," which she created from her hospital records, is used in training programs. Dorothy lives in the Boston area where she has raised her four wonderful children. She founded and is the sole driver in her "safe, friendly and reliable" car service called The Crystal Lake Express.
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