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Sascha DuBrul of Icarus Project Next Guest on MF Radio


Sascha co-founded The Icarus Project, a radical mental health support network and underground media project working to reframe societial conceptions of 'mental illness.' You may listen and phone in live to MindFreedom Radio this Wed. 14 Feb. at 4 pm EST at

Sascha DuBrul of Icarus Project Next Guest on MF Radio

Sascha Altman DuBrul is the co-founder of the Icarus Project

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The guest this Wednesday, Valentine's Day, 14 February 2007, is Sascha Altman DuBrul who helped start the organization The Icraus Project, which describes itself this way:

The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of extreme states of consciousness rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework. We are a network of people living with the dangerous gifts that are commonly labeled as bipolar or related 'mental illness.'

Sascha has been locked up against his will in psychiatric intitutions three times and says he proudly carries the label of bipolar I with psychotic features. He is author of Carnival of Chaos: On the Road with the Nomadic Festival and the co-author of Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness: A Reader and Roadmap of Bipolar Worlds.

During the show you are invited to phone in live toll free with your questions or comments. The number is annouced each show. Or e-mail at any time to radio(at)mindfreedom(dot)org.

Each MF Radio Show begins and ends with the latest news and resources about changing the mental health system by host David Oaks, director of MFI. MF Radio and archives are always free.

Brief biography

Sascha Altman DuBrul Sascha has been active politically for over 15 years, from the Earth First! forest campaigns of the Northwest to the Zapatista struggle in the jungles of Southern Mexico.  Sascha lives on a collective farm in the Hudson Valley, two hours north of New York City. For more information go to the new web site of The Icarus Project, which is now one of the Sponsor Groups of MindFreedom International.

Future Shows

Laura PrescottWed. 21 February 2007 - Guest Laura Prescott is the President and founder of Sister Witness International Incorporated. The organization focuses on addressing the multiple forms of violence and retraumatization in the lives of women and girls who have been institutionalized in psychiatric and criminal justice settings. The Sister Witness mission is to reverse decades of silencing and misrepresentation by creating opportunities for people to speak for themselves, supporting the development of national and international networks to become a visible, active and diverse presence that works toward global justice and peace. Laura is a survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse, an ex patient of the psychiatric system and in recovery from substance abuse. She lives in Massachusetts.

Wed. 28 February 2007 - Guest Peter Stastny, MD is a psychiatrist who promotes humane voluntary alternatives to the traditional psychiatric system internationally. Dr. Peter Stastny was born in Vienna, Austria, where he graduated from medical school in 1976. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Peter helped start the International Network for Treatment Alternatives for Recovery (INTAR)

Wed. 7 March 2007 - Guest Jim Ward. Jim is with ADA Watch which currently has a one-year bus tour around the USA to promote the human rights of all people with disabilities in the USA. Jim identifies as someone who has had a mental disability label. You can follow their activities via their blog.

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