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Timeline of MindFreedom Organizational Development

Here are some of the milestones in the organizational development of what has become MindFreedom International.



  • 22 December 1986 - Incorporation of originating nonprofit project with start-up funding from Levinson Foundation. The goal is to publish a newsletter, Dendron, and provide a "Clearinghouse on Human Rights and Psychiatry," to help network mental health consumers, psychiatric survivors, and supporters.
  • 15 May 1990 - Publication Dendron sponsors a several-day international counter-conference and protest of American Psychiatric Association in New York City called a "Support-In." At end of counter-conference, 13 initial sponsoring groups form a new coalition. Mental Patients Liberation Alliance in Syracuse, New York provides organizational and fiscal sponsorship.
  • 8 April 1994 - Coalition is incorporated on its own as two nonprofits: Support Coalition Northwest (based in Oregon) & Support Coalition International, later merged.
  • 26 October 1999 - On advice of attorney David Atkin and to streamline operations, SCN and SCI merge.
  • 1 August 2005 - Official name change of all activities under one umbrella name of MindFreedom International.
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Leah Harris

Leah Harris, a second generation psychiatric survivor, discovered MindFreedom in 2000 when she was 25 years old. Her first act in the mad movement was to tell her story of oppression and resistance, and to help edit stories for MindFreedom's Oral History Project. Since then, she has been working in various ways to help achieve the vision of MindFreedom: an end to all forms of psychiatric oppression, healing of all forms of "normality," and the creation of vibrant, colorful communities that honor and celebrate diversity, difference, and the full range of human experience.
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