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On MFI Radio Live: Mental health worker challenges whole mental health system!

Wednesday, 18 July 2007, hear David Oaks interview a mental health worker who is actively challenging the current mental health system: Ron Unger. You may listen and phone in to this Internet radio show LIVE at 4 pm ET at prncomm.net. Host David Oaks.

On MFI Radio Live: Mental health worker challenges whole mental health system!

Ron Unger is a mental health worker and coordinator of MindFreedom Lane County.


A Mental Health Professional Who Challenges The Whole Mental Health System: Ron Unger



MindFreedom News Show Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 4 pm ET.


Listen and phone in to the free LIVE MindFreedom News Internet Radio Show by clicking on http://prncomm.net/  this Wednesday, 18 July 2007 at 4:00 pm ET.

Today's guest

If you or a loved one ever hears voices that aren't there... if you have an extremely unusual spiritual experience... if you  are mentally and emotionally overwhelmed... Is it an illness? Is it a medical problem? Is it a chemical imbalance?

Hear from a mental health professional who questions the entire mental health system. Ron Unger challenges the way the "medical model" rules the current psychiatric industry. Hear about alternatives to conventional psychiatry and prescribed drugs that work.

For decades, Ron Unger has been an activist working to change the mental health system. He is a counselor specializing in alternative approaches to helping people who have what are called psychotic experiences.

He has spoken out on numerous topics related to mental health, including consumer empowerment, peer support, cognitive therapy for psychosis, and the delusions of the mental health system. 

Ron's dream is to travel across the country educating mental health workers on how to understand, collaborate with, and even learn from the people they help, rather than trying to manage people's emotions and thoughts using dangerous medications.

Ron is coordinator of MindFreedom Lane County.

Also on this show:

Hear a report from David Oaks about the recently-completed MindFreedom International conference/retreat about building alternatives in the mental health system!


MindFreedom Free Live Internet Radio

This is radio for a nonviolent revolution in the mental health system, 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.

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 given 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 radio@mindfreedom.org and your comment or question may be read on the air.


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The MindFreedom News Hour is part of a diverse array of shows on Progressive Radio Network.


On each MindFreedom News Hour you'll hear hear news, resources, and an interview. Shows have covered the history of the psychiatric survivor movement, how psychiatric survivors and concerned mental health professionals are working together on human rights campaigns, and more.

Regular features include 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 every Wednesday at 4 pm eastern time.

Just click on http://prncomm.net at that time and day!

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If you have show suggestions, comments, ideas, please e-mail it to radio@mindfreedom.org. E-mail is checked during the show, and your comments may be read live on "the air."


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Samantha Johnson, psychiatric survivor, MFI intern

Samantha Johnson is a 22-year-old psychiatric survivor who is interning at the MindFreedom International office. "I was absolutely in disbelief at how the people were treated at the hospital. It was an environment of emotional abuse interspersed with 'treatments' and 'policies' that could be more accurately described as assault. The tragic thing is that there really are some good people working there, but they are unable to provide people with the help they need inside a system that prioritizes profits over people. It might take five years of counseling for someone to truly recover from a mental health crisis, but it takes five minutes to tranquilize them. This is why I started working with MindFreedom. For 25 years MFI has been challenging the mental health system to see us as human beings- to treat us as human beings- through peaceful activism. At MFI we emphasize individual choice, empowerment, and compassion as necessary aspects of a true healing process."
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