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Join Celia Brown and guests Lauren Tenney and Vanessa Jackson for a special Women's History Month edition of MFI Alternative Mental Health Radio: "Honoring Women Involved with Psychiatric Survivor Research" LIVE this Saturday, March 30th @ 2pm ET/11am PT; we'll be taking your calls at (646) 595-2125.


MFI Board President Celia Brown will be hosting a special Women's History Month edition of the MindFreedom Radio Show!

Honoring Women Involved with Psychiatric Survivor Research


Celebrate Women's History Month with MindFreedom International's own Celia Brown as she highlights the work of two important women in the field of "Psychiatric Survivor Research:" Lauren Tenney and Vanessa Jackson. Women make up almost 2/3 of the population of psychiatric survivors in the United States (a disproportionate amount). Womens' experiences in the mental health system (and OUT!) have an important place in the movement for human rights in mental health care that MindFreedom has proudly been a part of for the past 25+ years. Help us celebrate the incredible work of Vanessa Jackson and Lauren Teneny to earn public understanding of and respect for these stories of psychiatric survival.



vanessa jackson

VANESSA JACKSON is an activist and owner of Healing Circles, Inc., a personal and professional development consulting practice.  She earned a Master Degree from Washington University-George Warren Brown School of Social Work.   Vanessa is the author of In Our Own Voice: African-American Stories of Oppression, Survival and Recovery in Mental Health Systems and Separate and Unequal: The Legacy of Racially Segregated Psychiatric Hospitals, and several monographs on the history of African-American psychiatric experiences  She is currently working on a book with Elaine Pinderhughes, MSW on power in clinical and community settings. 

Vanessa’s passion is supporting activists in creating healthy and balanced lives. She offers an Activists Assistance Program to provide politically conscious and clinically sound counseling and healing workshops to Atlanta-area feminist non-profit organizations.


Learn more about the In Our Own Voice Project on its website.



LAUREN TENNEY is a psychiatric survivor and activist first involuntarily committed at age 15. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, and completing a dissertation (de)VOICED, in the PhD Program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her work aims to expose the institutional corruption which is a source of profit for organized psychiatry, and to abolish state sponsored human rights violations, such as murder, torture and slavery.   


A few of Lauren's writings are available online, including:      

Psychiatric Slave No More: Parallels to a Black Liberation Psychology, Journal of Radical Psychology.
Who fancies to have a Revolution here? The Opal Revisited (1851-1860). Journal of Radical Psychology,



Tune in live HERE ( and join the conversation yourself!

Are you a female psychiatric survivor with a story to tell? How can we honor psychiatric survivor narratives and move our non-violent revolution in mental health care forward? We'll be taking your calls at (646) 595-2125.


Listen to the archive any time you like, at



Mad Live Web Radio!Tips About How to Listen and Call-in Live (or hear the archive later)  

At the start of the show, 2 pm ET or 11 am PT, you can listen by going to the Blog Talk Radio site hosting this monthly "Second Saturday" show, here:

Call-in Number: (646) 595-2125.

You can listen and call-in live and free by either computer or phone from anywhere in the world.

USA: 11 am Pacific, 12 noon Mountain, 1 pm Central, 2 pm Eastern
UTC/GMT: 6 pm [18:00]
Ireland: 7 pm [19:00]
Berlin: 8 pm [20:00]
Auckland, NZ: 6 am 
To find your local time click here.


Can't get to a computer that day? No problem! You can use the call-in number (646) 595-2125 just to listen, like a teleconference.

Online, you can also join a live chat with MFI Web Radio Show.

You can call in via phone, BlogTalkRadio web site or Skype.


More about MindFreedom International:
MFI is one of the few totally-independent nonprofit organizations in the mental health advocacy field focusing on survivors of human rights violations in the mental health system.

MFI has zero funding from the mental health system, governments, drug companies or religions.



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Peter Lehmann, editor, author, psychiatric survivor activist

Peter Lehmann of Berlin, Germany serves as one of the MindFreedom International representatives with the United Nations, and is a long-term supporter of MindFreedom campaigns and activities. Peter is a psychiatric survivor who has worked passionately for decades in Germany, Europe and internationally with a variety of groups for significant change in the mental health system. Peter is editor and publisher of a variety of books challenging human rights violations in the mental health system and promoting alternatives. His most recent book (co-edited with Peter Stastny, MD) is called "Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry." This book provides chapters from 61 leaders in changing the mental health system, and is available in the MindFreedom Mad Market.
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