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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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Rae Unzicker & Justin Dart

Rae (1948-2001) was a psychiatric survivor activist who was a key bridge-builder between the entire disability movement and our movement to change the mentalh health system. Rae championed the National Council on Disability (NCD) report, From Privileges to Rights: People Labeled with Psychiatric Disabilities Speaking For Themselves. Rae is shown here with her beloved Justin Dart (1930 - 2002), widely considered one of the key disability activists of the last century, and also a bridge builder between our movements. Both Rae and Justin were MFI members. (Photo by Cookie Gant)
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