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Abbreviated show: MindFreedom Radio Reports on Psychiatric Survivors At World Psychiatric Association Meeting

We're running an abbreviated show and doing this again in future, due to changes on the producers' end. The following show has been delayed 15 minutes by producer. Stay tuned! On the next MindFreedom Internet Radio, on Wednesday, 13 June 2007, host David Oaks reports about a World Psychiatric Association special conference in Dresden, Germay on coercion in psychiatry. Psychiatric survivors from several human rights groups gained admission and spoke up in symposia, exhibit table and keynotes. These psychiatric survivor groups relased a united statement calling for the end of coercion in psychiatry. You may listen and phone in to this Internet radio show LIVE at 4:15 pm ET (this week only, usually at 4 pm) at Host David Oaks.

Abbreviated show: MindFreedom Radio Reports on Psychiatric Survivors At World Psychiatric Association Meeting

Prof. Juan E. Mezzich, President of World Psychiatric Association; David Oaks, Director of MindFreedom; Judi Chamberlin, on board of MindFreedom; Prof. Dr. Thomas W. Kallert, Conference Chair; author & psychiatric survivor Peter Lehmann.

MindFreedom News Show next Wednesday, 13 June 2007, 4:15 pm ET.

Listen and phone in to the free LIVE MindFreedom News Internet Radio Show by clicking on  this Wednesday at 4:15 pm ET. (This show was originally scheduled for 6 June live from Dresden but had to be rescheduled to 13 June due to programming challenges.)

The World Psychiatric Association is holding a special conference in Dresden, Germany about coercion and force in the mental health system. Representatives from several psychiatric survivor-led groups, including MindFreedom,  gained access to speak out, and have issued a statement calling for the end of force in psychiatry.

On 6 June 2007, MindFreedom initiated a special meeting with the President of the World Psychiatric Association, Prof. Juan E. Mezzich. What began as a brief meeting became a three-and-a-half-hour discussion that covered a range of topics, and specific proposals. All involved decided to initiate a variety of mediated dialogues between psychiatric survivors and key leaders of the World Psychiatric Association, with a goal of educating the public about our human rights.

MindFreedom Internet Radio reports about events and you can listen Wednesday, 13 2007, at 4 pm EST (today only at 4:15 pm) by clicking on

You may read and download the special "Declaration of Dresden Against Coerced Psychiatric Treatment" by going here:

Host David Oaks will report on happenings here in Dresden, from the protests outside, to meetings inside. "Nothing About US Without Us!"

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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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York State

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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