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Stories of Madness with Prof. Gail Hornstein

Wednesday, 5 September 2007, at 4 pm ET, "click and listen" to a live free web interview with Professor Gail Hornstein who has collected hundreds of personal accounts of people who have experienced being labeled "mad" by the mental health system. Phone in with your questions & comments live. Host of the MindFreedom Live Free Internet Radio Hour is David Oaks.

Stories of Madness with Prof. Gail Hornstein

Prof. Gail Hornstein: Expert on personal stories of "madness"

This Wednesday,  5 September 2007,  4 pm ET just click on:

Prof. Gail Hornstein of Massachusetts is Next Guest on MindFreedom Free Live Internet Radio

Prof. Hornstein is now one of the world's experts on these "First Person Accounts of Madness," and maintains a list of more than 600 titles of such stories. Trained as a social psychologist and the author of a book and dozens of articles, Prof. Hornstein teaches at Mt. Holyoke college in Massachusetts.

Prof. Hornstein has a deep commitment as an academic psychologist, who is not a therapist and has no role in the mental health system, to advancing the ideas of the psychiatric survivor movement.

The MindFreedom News host is David Oaks, who also sums up the latest "mad news."

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:

Prof. Hornstein offered this personal description about her work:

"I teach a course every fall to psychology students at my college, called 'First-Person Narratives of Madness," which uses survivors' autobiographical accounts -- no texts by professionals -- to challenge students thinking about 'mental illness' and 'treatment."'

"The bibliography I circulate currently (in its 3rd edition) has 600 titles -- and these are only those first-person accounts that have been published and are in English -- ranging from the 15th century to last year. The bibliography circulates all over the world and is updated every few years.

"I have also spent a great deal of time over the past five years in the UK, immersing myself in the survivor movement there, particularly the extraordinarily successful work of the Hearing Voices Network (HVN}.

"In fall 2005, I was a participant in HVN's first formal training course for hearing voices group facilitators, and I have been privileged to be invited to HVN groups all over Britain. I am always eager for US audiences to learn more about some of the exciting developments happening there."

To download a PDF of the latest (2005) version of Prof. Hornstein's 22-page bibliography,  click here.

For more information about Prof. Hornstein click here:

The Story of MindFreedom Free Live Internet Radio

For more than a year, 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!

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Leah Harris

Leah Harris, a second generation psychiatric survivor, discovered MindFreedom in 2000 when she was 25 years old. Her first act in the mad movement was to tell her story of oppression and resistance, and to help edit stories for MindFreedom's Oral History Project. Since then, she has been working in various ways to help achieve the vision of MindFreedom: an end to all forms of psychiatric oppression, healing of all forms of "normality," and the creation of vibrant, colorful communities that honor and celebrate diversity, difference, and the full range of human experience.
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