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Since the 1980's, the US federal government helps fund a large conference of several hundred mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, many of whom are leading consumer-driven projects such as support groups and drop-in centers. This year's conference is being held in Buffalo, New York, USA.

What
  • Convention
When Oct 29, 2008 01:00 AM to
Nov 02, 2008 01:00 AM
Where Buffalo, New York, USA
Contact Name
Contact Phone 1-800-POWER-2-U
Attendees All are welcome, especially mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.
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A different federally-funded national technical assistance center sponsors it each year. This year's conference is sponsored by National Empowerment Center. 


The theme this year is:

Creating Community Through Active Citizenship


From the organizers:

"Out of the experience of creating community, consumer/survivors not only become conscious of being members of a group, but we begin to understand that our life has meaning, and we appreciate that our efforts make a difference as we become active citizens in the human community."


UPDATE: Proposal deadline extended: May 23, 2008

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Amy Smith, psychiatric survivor, organizer and artist

From her home in Colorado, Amy Smith provides leadership for the movement to change the mental health system in a variety of ways, from events to art work for the Occupy American Psychiatric Association peaceful protests by MindFreedom International. Amy is a psychiatric survivor, who has been psych drug-free since 2008. She is the former director of Colorado’s statewide consumer organization, and the creator of RISE University, an education program designed to illuminate the experience of labeled individuals and their families.
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