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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 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  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 and your comment or question may be read on the air.


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 at that time and day!


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

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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: and
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