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MindFreedom Media Action

MFI is reaching the public with its own media and mainstream media.

Some of the protesters of American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting 2009.How you can work with MindFreedom as we break the silence!


  • MFI web site: MFI web site uses a cutting edge content management system called Plone. What this means is that the MFI Web Volunteer Team is able to load up articles in an organized way using a simple window on a web page. No computer code is required. If you'd like to be on this team, contact the office.
  • Truth Brochure: An easy way to get around the blockade in the main media, is to simply hand out a basic brochure! Give your mental health system a truth injection by downloading this PDF flyer, copying and handing it out. For more info click here.
  • MFI public alert e-mail list: MFI sends out human rights alerts to more than tens of thousands of interested people. To read the main archive of current and past alerts by month go to http://intenex.net/pipermail/mindfreedom-news/. Also see the sponsor and affiliate area for regional lists. These lists are only occasional, they do not fill up your e-mail box, and the list is absolutely private, never shared, always one-way, with no spam.
  • MFI member e-lists: MFI maintains many active e-mail discussion lists just for members. Become an MFI member, and go to the Member Only section of this web site for more information.
  • MindFreedom has a team of volunteers who are assisting our increasing use of "Web 2.0" participatory media tools. To find out more, and become active in this effort, check out the news release here.


 

Creating Media On Our Own

MFI has four basic message points which are often not heard in mainstream or even alternative media:

 

  • Human rights violations in the mental health system are a global emergency.
  • Psychiatric drug industry domination in mental health is squeezing out choice.
  • Promote a range of humane, safe and effective alternatives for mental and emotional well being.
  • Support the voice and self-determination of people on the receiving end of the mental health system.

Because the mainstream corporate media often ignores the voices of those critical of the current mental health system, especially psychiatric survivors, your help is needed to reach the media and create our own media.

 

 

What can you do?

 

An example of making our own media is the photo above of one of many MindFreedom nonviolent protests, this one directly in front of the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting (see above photo).

Here is a recent (2014) example of 'be your own media'. A short film about the 2014 New York protest against psychiatric abuse:


You can join in by helping MindFreedom reach the public, mainstream media, alternative media and creating our own media, especially about our main message points. Even a letter to the editor can reach thousands! If you'd like to work with others in MFI on this, consider joining the MFI Media Campaign Committee.

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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York State

First involuntarily institutionalized, at 15, Lauren Tenney is a survivor of psychiatry. She has been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. Her goal is to help stop forced psychiatric procedures, detainment, and confinement, human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern are the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages, but particularly children and senior citizens, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, behavioral interventions, and coercion of any kind. Lauren, a Mad-Activist/ Artist/ Author/ Academic/ Adjunct Professor is coordinating The Opal Project, an outcome of participatory action research she coordinated for field research in the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation topic is: "The Institutionalized "Community." She became involved with WE THE PEOPLE when the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights and MindFreedom International needed someone on the ground in Brooklyn, New York to coordinate a response where Esmin Green was murdered-by-neglect. She now lives in Albany, NY with her service dog-in-training and cat. For more info: www.TheOpalProject.org and www.etrash.tv
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