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Opal Network is a way for all those who support the voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors in Lane County to meet each "Fifth Tuesday" (which happens about three or four times a year). The network is named after one of Lane County's most famous authors, Opal Whiteley, who ended up locked in a psychiatric institution for decades. We are all Opals!


Opal activities

Celia Brown, psychiatric survivor activist from NYC, in Eugene, Oregon; JACKI MCKINNEY, MSW of Philadelphia is a trauma and psychiatric survivor.

(Published: Oct 04, 2012 11:45 PM)
Opal Network quarterly gathering will feature free appearance by Celia Brown, president of MindFreedom International.
Event time: 2012-10-15 (15:00-16:30)

You can download a flyer about Celia Brown 10/15/2012 Eugene appearance.

(Published: Oct 04, 2012 11:37 PM)
On Monday, 15 October 2012, at 3 pm, Celia Brown is speaking for free at Eugene Public Library. You can download a one-page PDF flyer here to forward, print out and distribute.

Celia Brown, psychiatric survivor activist from NYC, in Eugene, Oregon

(Published: Oct 04, 2012 11:25 PM)
Free: Hear Celia Brown on Monday 15 October at 3:00 pm at Eugene Public Library. Here is date info and flyer to download and distribute.

Flyer for Opal Network 31 July 2012 Meeting

(Published: Jul 17, 2012 06:00 PM)
You may download a PDF flyer (only 324 KB) to print out, distribute and post, about the upcoming quarterly Opal Network meeting at the Eugene Public Library. This free public forum will be about whether mental health consumer empowerment will truly be part of the Oregon Governor's transformation of the public health care system.

31 July 2012 Opal Network Meeting in Eugene, Oregon

(Published: Jul 17, 2012 05:51 PM)
Flyer and calendar item for the Opal Network meeting, which brings together supporters of the voice and empowerment of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors on a quarterly basis at Eugene, Oregon's public library.

Free Public Forum by Opal Network July 2012

(Published: Jul 17, 2012 05:00 PM)
Will mental health consumer empowerment be part of the Oregon Governor's transformation of Lane County mental health care?
Event time: 2012-07-31 (14:55-15:30)

Opal Network: Restore Human Dignity in Mental Health Care Through Authentic Relationship

(Published: Jan 22, 2012 10:35 PM)
PAM BIRRELL, PhD. will discuss, "How can family, friends, and mental health workers support the humanity of a person who is diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder?" Mental health consumer/psychiatric survivor panel will join in free public forum.
Event time: 2012-01-31 (19:00-20:30)

Opal Network January 31, 2012 Meeting Flyer

(Published: Jan 22, 2012 10:35 PM)
Here you may download a one-page PDF (516 k) about the next Opal Network meeting at the Eugene Public Library, 1/31/12 at 7 pm. Speaker: PAM BIRRELL, PhD. Topic: Restore Human Dignity in Mental Health Care Through Authentic Relationship. Panel: Jerry Smith and T.C. Dumas. [Corrected photo 1/30]

Info for the January 31, 2012 Opal Network Meeting

(Published: Jan 22, 2012 10:27 PM)
Calendar info and PDF flyer for the Opal Network quarterly meeting in Eugene Public Library in Eugene, Oregon, at 7 pm. Presenter: Pam Birrell, PhD.

Info on Free Amplify Workshop in Portland, Oregon 8/22/11

(Published: Oct 06, 2011 04:41 PM)
On Monday, 22 August 2011, MindFreedom International is offering an "Amplify" workshop on Portland Oregon, about how to amplify the voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.

Flyer for August 2011 Opal Network Meeting: PDF

(Published: Aug 17, 2011 09:19 PM)
You can download a one-page PDF flyer [424 K] about the upcoming Opal Network meeting at the Eugene Public Library on 30 August 2011 at 2:00 pm. The topic: Jobs for Mental Health Peer Support.

Free MFI workshop on Amplifying voice of consumer/survivors

(Published: Jul 25, 2011 09:34 PM)
In Portland, Oregon, you can participate in a free workshop about "Amplifying" the voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. Pre-registration required.
Event time: 2011-08-22 (13:00-17:00)

Download PDF of flyer about Amplify Portland free workshop 8/22/11

(Published: Jul 25, 2011 09:28 PM)
You can download a one-page PDF about the free Amplify workshop, offered by MindFreedom in Portland, Oregon on 22 August 2011. (Download is less than one meg.)

Opal Network Meeting on Jobs for Mental Health Peer Support

(Published: Mar 04, 2011 05:05 PM)
The quarterly Opal Network meeting will feature a special topic and panel: Jobs for Mental Health Peer Support. Panel: Gina & Bob Nikkel, and Laura Van Tosh.
Event time: 2011-08-30 (14:00-16:00)

Opal Network Meeting on Mental Health, Police & Criminal Justice

(Published: Mar 04, 2011 05:05 PM)
The quarterly Opal Network meeting will feature a special topic and panel: Mental Health, Police and Criminal Justice.
Event time: 2011-05-31 (14:00-16:00)

Opal Network Meeting on Open Dialogue with Ron Unger

(Published: Mar 04, 2011 05:05 PM)
The quarterly Opal Network meeting will feature a free presentation by Ron Unger about the alternative from Scandinavia for people diagnosed 'schizophrenic' called Open Dialogue.
Event time: 2011-03-29 (14:00-16:00)

Opal Network Meeting: 31 May 2011

(Published: Mar 04, 2011 04:55 PM)
Calendar item and downloadable flyer about Opal Network meeting in Eugene, Oregon public library on Tuesday, 31 May 2011, at 2:00 pm. The topic: Mental Health, Police and Criminal Justice in Lane County.

Opal Network Meeting: 30 August 2011

(Published: Mar 04, 2011 04:55 PM)
Calendar item and downloadable flyer about Opal Network meeting in Eugene, Oregon public library on Tuesday, 30 August 2011, at 2:00 pm. The topic: Jobs for Mental Health Peer Support in Lane County.

Opal Network Meeting: 29 March 2011

(Published: Mar 04, 2011 04:52 PM)
Calendar item and downloadable flyer about Opal Network meeting in Eugene, Oregon public library on Tuesday, 29 March 2011, at 2:00 pm. The topic: Open Dialogue with Ron Unger.

Downloadable PDF of Opal Network Flyer for 29 March 2011

(Published: Mar 04, 2011 04:00 PM)
You can download a one-page PDF flyer [763 K] about the upcoming Opal Network meeting at the Eugene Public Library on 29 March 2011 at 2:00 pm. The topic: Open Dialogue, with presenter Ron Unger.

Downloadable PDF of Opal Network Flyer for 5 May 2011

(Published: Mar 04, 2011 04:00 PM)
You can download a one-page PDF flyer [432 K] about the upcoming Opal Network meeting at the Eugene Public Library on 31 May 2011 at 2:00 pm. The topic: Mental Health, Police, Criminal Justice in Lane County.

PDF flyer of Opal Network meeting, 31 August 2010.

(Published: Aug 19, 2010 08:56 PM)
You can download a one-page PDF flyer about the next meeting of the Opal Network coalition in Eugene, Oregon, USA, on the topic of non-drug alternatives in mental health. All are welcome who support amplifying the voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.

Opal Network Meeting in Lane County, Oregon

(Published: Dec 09, 2009 02:20 PM)
All who support the voice of mental health clients in Lane County, Oregon are invited to this quarterly meeting of the Opal Network coalition meeting. The topic this time: Non-Drug Alternatives in Mental Health.
Event time: 2010-08-31 (14:30-16:30)

PDF flyer of next Opal Network meeting, 29 December 2009.

(Published: Dec 09, 2009 02:18 PM)
You can download a one-page PDF flyer about the 11th meeting of the Opal Network coalition in Eugene, Oregon, USA. All are welcome who support amplifying the voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.

Opal Network Meeting in Lane County, Oregon

(Published: Dec 09, 2009 02:16 PM)
All who support the voice of mental health clients in Lane County, Oregon are invited to this quarterly meeting of the Opal Network coalition meeting. This will be the 11th quarterly meeting, and all are welcome.
Event time: 2009-12-29 (14:00-16:00)

31 August 2010: Quarterly Meeting of Opal Network in Eugene, Oregon

(Published: Dec 09, 2009 02:15 PM)
This next meeting will be on the topic of non-drug alternatives in mental health. The Opal Network brings together all groups and individuals throughout Lane County who support the voice and empowerment of mental health clients. MindFreedom helped begin this coalition, which has met quarterly since 2007.

11th Meeting of Opal Network on 29 December 2009

(Published: Dec 09, 2009 02:12 PM)
Here is calendar item and downloadable PDF poster for the 11th quarterly meeting of Opal Network.

Trauma Healing is Theme of Next Opal Network Meeting: Support voice and empowerment of mental health clients

(Published: Sep 15, 2009 02:47 PM)
This is a quarterly meeting of a coalition here in Lane County, Oregon to support the voice and empowerment of Lane County mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.
Event time: 2009-09-29 (14:00-16:00)

To download PDF of flyer for Opal Network 29 Sept. 2009 meeting: free

(Published: Sep 15, 2009 02:41 PM)
The next Opal Network meeting is Tuesday, 29 September 2009 at the Eugene Public Library at 2 pm. Here you may download a PDF of the flyer. Please photocopy and distribute!

Opal Network calendar item and flyer for 29 Sept. 2009

(Published: Sep 15, 2009 02:39 PM)

Flyer about free film, "Take These Broken Wings"

(Published: Jul 08, 2009 04:37 PM)
You may download a one-page flyer about the free showing of the movie "Take These Broken Wings" by the Green Mind Summer Film Series in Eugene, Oregon, 28 July 2009. The event is co-sponsored by MindFreedom International.

Update: Download PDF flyer of "Little Brother, Big Pharma" Film Showing Here

(Published: Jun 24, 2009 01:10 PM)
You may download, at the link "click here" below, an updated one-page color flyer (PDF) about the upcoming free showing of the film "Little Brother, Big Pharma," on Tuesday, 30 June 2009, 6:30 pm, at the Eugene Public Library, co-sponsored by Opal Network, MindFreedom and VALID.

Free film: The Doctor Who Hears Voices

(Published: Jun 08, 2009 08:51 AM)
The Green Your Mind Film Series Presents a free film, the Eugene premiere: "The Doctor Who Hears Voices." Sponsored by: VALID, MindFreedom, Helios Network, Opal Network.
Event time: 2009-08-25 (18:30-20:30)

Free film: Take These Broken Wings

(Published: Jun 08, 2009 08:51 AM)
The Green Your Mind Film Series Presents a free film: Take These Broken Wings. Sponsored by: VALID, MindFreedom and Opal Network. (updated announcement)
Event time: 2009-07-28 (14:30-16:30)

Free film: Little Brother, Big Pharma

(Published: Jun 08, 2009 08:51 AM)
The Green Your Mind Film Series Presents a free film: Little Brother, Big Pharma. Sponsored by: VALID, MindFreedom and Opal Network. (updated announcement)
Event time: 2009-06-30 (14:30-16:30)

PDF: Download Flyer of Little Brother Film Showing

(Published: Jun 07, 2009 10:28 PM)
You may download a PDF of the flyer about the 30 June 2009 free showing of the film "Little Brother Big Pharma." For latest updated version, click on "update" in "related content" below.

Green Your Mind

(Published: Jun 07, 2009 10:26 PM)
Info about the Green Your Mind Campaign, including film series.

Download PDF of two-page flier on Opal Training Institute 11 June 2009 Event

(Published: May 22, 2009 07:42 PM)
Here is a two-page flier about the free training in Eugene, Oregon, "Building Alliances to AMPLIFY the Voice of Mental Health Clients: Drawing on the Strengths of the Cross-Disability Movement to Empowerment Mental Health Consumers/Survivors." The first page is a general description, the second page is a registration form. Pre-registration is required.

Free training by Opal Training Institute on 11 June 2009

(Published: May 22, 2009 07:39 PM)
Information, fliers, registration and more about the free training by Opal Training Institute on Thursday, 11 June 2009, in Eugene, Oregon.

Opal Training Institute Events

(Published: May 22, 2009 07:37 PM)
Opal Training Institute offers training, workshops, consulting and more about amplifying the voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, built on the strength of the cross-disability movement.

Free Training to AMPLIFY Voice of Mental Health Consumers and Psychiatric Survivors.

(Published: May 13, 2009 02:21 PM)
Save the date! On 11 June 2009, a half-day training will be held in Eugene, Oregon by the Opal Training Institute. Presenters will teach attendees how to build on the success of the Opal Network locally and state-wide. MindFreedom International is a sponsor of the Opal Training Institute.
Event time: 2009-06-11 (09:00-13:00)

9th Meeting of Opal Network in Lane County, Oregon

(Published: Mar 11, 2009 02:26 PM)
The "Opal Network" in Lane County, Oregon supports the voice and self-determination of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. All are welcome. Agencies involved with mental health, along with all interested mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, are encouraged to send a representative.
Event time: 2009-03-31 (10:00-12:00)

Opal March 2009 Meeting Poster (Word)

(Published: Mar 11, 2009 02:17 PM)
This is the poster for the Opal Network March 2009 meeting in Microsoft Word format.

Opal March 2009 Meeting Poster (PDF)

(Published: Mar 11, 2009 02:14 PM)
This is a PDF version of the poster for the Opal Network March 2009 meeting.

Ninth Opal Network Meeting

(Published: Mar 11, 2009 02:12 PM)
This 31 March 2009 meeting will be the 9th gathering of the Opal Network, which meets every fifth Tuesday in Lane County.

Flyer #2: How to join MindFreedom parade entry in Eugene Celebration

(Published: Sep 07, 2008 02:26 PM)
Here is latest flyer (as of 7 Sept. 2008) about how to participate in this Saturday's 13 September 2008 MindFreedom parade entry in the Eugene Celebration to promote choice and alternatives in mental health.

Flyer about joining us in Eugene Celebration parade to change mental health system!

(Published: Aug 22, 2008 04:23 PM)
You can download an 8.5 x 11 inch flyer about how to join our parade entry on 13 September 2008 in the Eugene Celebration to change the mental health system! Just download this PDF file, print it out in color or black-and-white, and distribute. And join us!

Join our parade entry in the Eugene Celebration to change mental health!

(Published: Aug 22, 2008 04:18 PM)
March with us for choice in the mental health system at the 2008 Eugene Celebration parade! Mad pride!
Event time: 2008-09-13 (09:30-12:00)

2008 Eugene Celebration Parade Entry - Join Us!

(Published: Aug 22, 2008 04:13 PM)
Here's information about a "mental health reform" entry in the Eugene Celebration Parade, for Saturday, 13 September 2008. Hope you can join us!

At Opal 6 we brainstormed about what helps us reach mental wellness.

(Published: Jul 30, 2008 04:29 PM)
Hugh Massengill addressed the sixth meeting of the Opal Network in Eugene, Oregon on 29 July 2008 about moving from madness to mental wellness. Moderators Bjo Ashwill and Tom Wilson led a brainstorm about our favorite methods to reach and maintain mental and emotional well being. Here is a draft based on notes by David Oaks, which we will add to from participants in the meeting. Sorry if we missed your favorite, but we're sure there are thousands!

6th Meeting of Opal Network in Lane County, Oregon

(Published: Jul 22, 2008 04:45 PM)
The "Opal Network" in Lane County, Oregon supports the voice and self-determination of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. All are welcome. Agencies involved with mental health, along with all interested mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, are encouraged to send a representative.
Event time: 2008-07-29 (18:30-20:30)

Word: July 2008 Opal Network Meeting Poster

(Published: Jul 22, 2008 04:39 PM)
Here is an MS Word poster for the July 2008 meeting of Opal Network - 6th meeting, free.

PDF: July 2008 Opal Network Meeting Poster

(Published: Jul 22, 2008 04:37 PM)
Here is pdf poster for the July 2008 meeting of Opal Network - 6th meeting, free.

Sixth Opal Network Meeting

(Published: Jul 22, 2008 04:35 PM)
This 29 July 2008 meeting will be the 6th gathering of the Opal Network, which meets every fifth Tuesday in Lane County.

PDF: April 2008 Opal Network Meeting Poster

(Published: Apr 25, 2008 05:31 PM)
Here is pdf poster for the April 2008 meeting of Opal Network - 5th meeting, free.

Fifth Opal Network Meeting

(Published: Feb 11, 2008 12:46 PM)
This 29 April 2008 meeting will be the 5th gathering of the Opal Network, which meets every fifth Tuesday in Lane County.

PDF of poster - 29 January 2008 Opal Network meeting

(Published: Jan 17, 2008 10:51 PM)
You can download a PDF of a poster for the Tuesday, 29 January 2008 Opal Network meeting in Lane County, Oregon

MS Word version of poster for 29 January 2008 Opal Network meeting

(Published: Jan 17, 2008 10:49 PM)
You may download an MS Word version version of a poster for the Tuesday, 29 January 2008 Opal Network meeting here.

Fourth Opal Network Meeting

(Published: Jan 17, 2008 10:40 PM)
Here are posters and public service announcement for the 4th Opal Network meeting on Tues., 29 January 2008.

Opal October 2007

(Published: Oct 24, 2007 09:12 PM)
You can download a PDF of the poster for the next meeting of the Opal Network on Tuesday, 30 October 2007, at 2 pm, in the Eugene Public Library.

Other information about MindFreedom Lane County

(Published: Jul 20, 2007 02:41 PM)
Here are other opportunities in Lane County to help change the mental health system, a service provided by MindFreedom Lane County, an affiliate of MindFreedom International.

Opal July 2007 Meeting Poster (PDF) .3

(Published: Jul 19, 2007 08:13 PM)
This is a PDF version of the poster for the Opal Network July 2007 meeting you may download. [Version 3]

Opal July 2007 Meeting Poster (MS Word) .3

(Published: Jul 19, 2007 08:11 PM)
This is an MS Word version of the poster for the Opal Network July 2007 meeting. [Version 3]

5th Meeting of Opal Network in Lane County, Oregon

(Published: May 04, 2007 10:09 PM)
The "Opal Network" in Lane County, Oregon supports the voice and self-determination of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. All are welcome. Agencies involved with mental health, along with all interested mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, are encouraged to send a representative.
Event time: 2008-04-29 (15:00-17:00)

4th Meeting of Opal Network in Lane County, Oregon

(Published: May 04, 2007 10:09 PM)
The "Opal Network" in Lane County, Oregon supports the voice and self-determination of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. All are welcome. Agencies involved with mental health, along with all interested mental health consumers and psychiatric survivor are encouraged to send a representative.
Event time: 2008-01-29 (18:30-20:30)

2nd Meeting of Opal Network in Lane County, Oregon

(Published: May 04, 2007 10:09 PM)
A new alliance called the "Opal Network" has been launched in Lane County, Oregon to support the voice, empowerment and self-determination of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors. All agencies involved with mental health, along with all interested mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors, are invited to this second meeting.
Event time: 2007-07-31 (17:00-19:00)
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