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Ron Bassman - psychiatric survivor, psychologist author - on MFI Internet Radio Live!

This Wednesday, 1 August 2007, at 4 pm ET, hear a live interview with Ron Bassman, a psychiatric survivor psychologist who has published a brand new book about his "Fight to Be." You may phone in with your questions & comments toll free. Host: David Oaks.

Ron Bassman - psychiatric survivor, psychologist author - on MFI Internet Radio Live!

Ron Bassman, PhD: Psychologist, Psychiatric Survivor, Author

This Wednesday,  1 August 2007,  4 pm ET:

Ron Bassman on MindFreedom Free Live Internet Radio

Listen and phone in to the free LIVE MindFreedom News Internet Radio Show by clicking on  this Wednesday, 1 August 2007 at 4 pm ET. Phone numbers to call in live are announced during the show. [Please note the show sometimes starts a few minutes late.]

This week's guest:

Ron Bassman is author of the new book, A Fight to Be: A Psychologist's Experience from Both Sides of the Locked Door.

Ron Bassman as a young person was a survivor of horrendous abuse by the psychiatric institution, including multiple lock-ups, forced electroshock, forced insulin coma shock, and forced drugging.

Ron Bassman went on to become a psychologist.

Ron Bassman went on to become an leader challenging the mental health system that traumatized him.

Ron Bassman is now an author.

Ron describes himself in his own words:

"In 1969, at the age of 25, I was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for the second time in three years. The first diagnosis, schizophrenia, paranoid type was followed by a second hospitalization and the diagnosis schizophrenia, chronic type. My treatments included electro-shock, insulin comas and massive doses of medication.

"After I recovered from my 'treatments' and began addressing the identity issues that had triggered my excursion into 'madness,' I entered graduate school, earned my doctorate and have worked as a licensed psychologist in a state hospital, in private practice, been a consultant to schools and state agencies and have been the executive director of a 7-county comprehensive mental health center. During that time I worked as a clinician and an advocate and did not reveal my psychiatric history for twenty years.

"More than a decade ago I chose to identify myself as a psychiatric survivor in order to draw from all of my experience and to be fully genuine in my relationships and work. Currently I work as a psychotherapist with Behavioral Health Specialists (BHS), a private psychotherapy group. I also teach Community Mental Health in the graduate school at Sage Colleges. Prior to joining BHS, I worked for 9 years at the New York State Office of Mental Health Bureau of Recipient Affairs doing self-help project development, education and technical assistance.

"I am a former two-term president of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) and I continue to serve on the Board of Directors. I have been an elected member of the American Psychological Association's Expert Taskforce on Serious Mental Illness.

"With other ex-patients and allies, I was a co-founder of the International Network Towards Alternatives for Recovery (INTAR), which held its first meeting of alternative practitioners and psychiatric survivors in 2004. Currently I am chair of The Community Consortium, an organization created to promote the civil and human rights of people with psychiatric disabilities, and to provide the tools to facilitate genuine community integration for people who use mental health services."

Ironically, Ron Bassman is a New York State resident, and shock survivor and has worked in the past for the infamous New York State Office of Mental Health. We will therefore ask Ron to comment on the "Simone D." campaign. The NY Office of Mental Health  has won in court to give "Simone D." more forced electroshock, and MindFreedom is encouraging people to contact New York State officials to demand the OMH stop.

You can read about the background of the Simone D. Campaign and how you can easily speak out, go to:

So remember to listen and phone in to the free LIVE MindFreedom News Internet Radio Show by clicking on  this Wednesday, 1 August 2007 at 4:00 pm ET.

More info on Ron Bassman is at:

The Story of 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.

The Progressive Radio Network produces the show. PRN was founded by radio personality and health leader Gary Null.

If you miss the live show this Wednesday at 4 pm ET at, the MindFreedom News Hour is once more being archived by Progressive Radio Network on an all new web site.

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


Please help spread the word about the show with this public service announcement:

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 about changing the system of care for mental and emotional well being. 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 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!

If you have show suggestions, comments, ideas, or any technical problems please e-mail it to along with your name and where you are from. E-mail is checked during the show, and your comments may be read live on "the air."  If pronunciation of your name is not obvious please tell us how to do that, or ask us to keep your comment anonymous.


Upcoming shows include guests from outside the USA, watch for announcements, all on Wednesdays at 4 pm ET:

  • 8 August: Peter Lehmann, the German psychiatric survivor and editor. We'll hear about his brand new book, co-edited with Peter Stastny, about alternatives to conventional mental health care.
  • 15 August: A psychiatric survivor historian and archivist Geoffrey Reaume of Ontario, who has helped launch an international archive for the psychiatric survivor social change movement.
  • 22 August: Don Weitz , also from Ontario, a well-known leader in challenging the psychiatric system.
  • 29 August: And Sue Clark, an electroshock survivor activist from Canada, see her web site
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