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MFI Delegation to Ghana

In April 2011, MindFreedom International sent a delegation to Accra, Ghana in Africa, to train activists in MindFreedom Ghana. The Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation funded the project through a Disability Rights Initiative grant. They had the opportunity to meet with community activists, leaders from the cross-disability movement, and the Deputy Minister of Health, as well as tour a psychiatric institution in Accra. It was a learning experience for everyone involved.

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When MindFreedom International sent a delegation to Ghana to train the local MindFreedom activists, everyone involved had an amazing learning experience.
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Samantha Johnson, psychiatric survivor, MFI intern

Samantha Johnson is a 22-year-old psychiatric survivor who is interning at the MindFreedom International office. "I was absolutely in disbelief at how the people were treated at the hospital. It was an environment of emotional abuse interspersed with 'treatments' and 'policies' that could be more accurately described as assault. The tragic thing is that there really are some good people working there, but they are unable to provide people with the help they need inside a system that prioritizes profits over people. It might take five years of counseling for someone to truly recover from a mental health crisis, but it takes five minutes to tranquilize them. This is why I started working with MindFreedom. For 25 years MFI has been challenging the mental health system to see us as human beings- to treat us as human beings- through peaceful activism. At MFI we emphasize individual choice, empowerment, and compassion as necessary aspects of a true healing process."
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