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Chrissy Peirsol: Youth Voices for Choices in Mental Health

This Wednesday, 12 September 2007, at 4 pm ET, "click and listen" to a live free web interview with Chrissy Peirsol. Chrissy is an 20-year-old activist who has survived abuse by the mental health system, and is part of the MindFreedom Youth Voices for Choices in Mental Health Campaign. Phone in with your questions & comments live. Host of the MindFreedom Live Free Internet Radio Hour is David Oaks.

Chrissy Peirsol: Youth Voices for Choices in Mental Health

Chrissy Perisol experienced the mental health system and is next guest in MF Radio.

This Wednesday,  12 September 2007,  4 pm ET just click on:

Youth psychiatric survivor activist Chrissy Perisol is next guest on MindFreedom Free Live Internet Radio

You are invited to tune in on the web LIVE to hear Chrissy -- a teen psychiatric survivor activist -- describe her experiences with conventional mental health care, and what she feels would have been better. You can phone in live with your comments and questions!

Introduction by Martin Rafferty, MFI Youth Outreach Coordinator:

As MindFreedom strides forward with its Youth Voices for Choices in Mental Health Campaign some local youth leaders are standing up to take leadership. Chrissy Peirsuol is just one of our youth who has stepped up and now she is choosing to share her story in the mental health system with you!

Chrissy is someone who hold her own opinion on medications. First hand experience has shown her that some of her friends of felt that psychiatric medications have helped. Yet she is discovering -- along with the rest of public -- that much of the time these medications do horrible wrong.

As a youth she herself was pressured and led by her support system to take these powerful drugs, drugs that took away her ability to stay in the sun longer then a few hours, drugs that changed her personality and her life forever.

The MindFreedom News host is David Oaks, who also sums up the latest "Mad News." In the 1970's, David was a teenager in the psychiatric system himself.

Phone numbers to call in live are announced during the show. If you can't get through keep trying. The show may start a minute or two late. You may e-mail in with any questions, comments or technical problems at any time. Your comments may be read live during the show. E-mail to:

The Story of MindFreedom Free Live Internet Radio

Since June 2006, MindFreedom Radio Show has supported a nonviolent revolution in the mental health system. Leaders, authors, activists, mental health professionals, psychiatric survivors and others who are actively changing and challenging the current mental health system have been featured in live interviews. Listeners have called in from around the world.

The weekly show is hosted by psychiatric rights activist David Oaks, director of MindFreedom. David also experienced the mental health system as a youth when he was institutionalized five times and diagnosed "schizophrenic." For a brief bio about David click here.

The Progressive Radio Network produces the show along with several others from its studio in New York City. PRN was founded by radio personality and health activist leader Gary Null.

If you listen LIVE to the MindFreedom News Hour jot down the toll free call-in number for the USA or the special call-in number for outside the USA as it is announced during the show. Please keep trying, sometimes it takes more than once to get through.

You may e-mail at any time before or during the show to E-mail is checked during the show, and your comments may be read live on "the air."  Include where you are calling from. If pronunciation of your name is not obvious please tell us how to do that, or ask us to keep your comment anonymous.

After the distinctive drum beats of the intro music Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, on each MindFreedom News Hour you'll hear a brief summary of the latest news. Then you'll hear an interview about changing the system of care for mental and emotional well being.

Shows have explored the history of the psychiatric survivor movement, innovative alternatives to the conventional mental health system, how psychiatric survivors and concerned mental health professionals are working together on human rights campaigns, and more.

Regular features include updates about breaking stories and networking announcements about successful activism and alternatives.

It's your mind! It's your freedom! Free your mind with the MindFreedom News Hour hosted by David Oaks.

Just click on Wednesday at 4 pm eastern time!

Help create your own media for a nonviolent revolution in mental health. Please spread the word!

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Chuck Hughes is a psychiatric survivor activist from Santa Barbara, California.

"I find inspiration and mental support in MindFreedom," says Chuck. "I like associating with like-minded activists for human rights in mental health. When I go into a Board or Commission and say I am a member of MindFreedom International. It gives what I say a lot more validity and my voice carries a lot farther. My first of eight involuntarily institutionalizations was at age 23. I have witnessed much injustice in mental health. I have been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. My goal is to help stop forced outpatient psychiatric procedures, seclusion, restraints and other human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern is the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages."
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