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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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Amy Smith, psychiatric survivor, organizer and artist

From her home in Colorado, Amy Smith provides leadership for the movement to change the mental health system in a variety of ways, from events to art work for the Occupy American Psychiatric Association peaceful protests by MindFreedom International. Amy is a psychiatric survivor, who has been psych drug-free since 2008. She is the former director of Colorado’s statewide consumer organization, and the creator of RISE University, an education program designed to illuminate the experience of labeled individuals and their families.
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