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I'm back from being taped for a national tv news show.

Keep your fingers crossed.



A couple of days ago i was being taped in New York City for a national television news show on the topic of MAD PRIDE.

No guarantee on results, absolutely. Proof is in the pudding.

That said, I'm impressed by the depth of interest I've seen so far. But based on 33 years of challenges in dealing with major media, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

I realize major media has challenges. A number of people cautioned me from doing this show. But I believe we have to evaluate the pro's and con's, and make a personal decision. There's a time and place to say "no." But at this point, to have a chance to have a voice, it was a time for us to say, "yes.'

The most common, number one question I'm getting from people is,

"When will it be aired?"


I hear you!

A few replies to that question:

  • Turns out the Michael Jackson story has really set back schedules in the TV news magazine field! And there are still a few more stories to go. So our story was bumped from July.
  • So the best they can tell me right now, is the story I was taped for will be on in August.
  • They will absolutely, positively give us a heads up well before the show airs.
  • And once we find out, MindFreedom will get out the word in a variety of ways, including this blog.
  • If you are not on the free, public MINDFREEDOM NEWS alert list, look for the link in the lower left hand corner of this web site, and sign up today! We'll definitely e-mail out to the tens of thousands of folks who get their news on changing the mental health system via that list!



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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York State

First involuntarily institutionalized, at 15, Lauren Tenney is a survivor of psychiatry. She has been involved with the user and survivor movement since 1992. Her goal is to help stop forced psychiatric procedures, detainment, and confinement, human rights violations, psychiatric abuse and torture. Of particular concern are the elimination of forced electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) on people of all ages, but particularly children and senior citizens, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, behavioral interventions, and coercion of any kind. Lauren, a Mad-Activist/ Artist/ Author/ Academic/ Adjunct Professor is coordinating The Opal Project, an outcome of participatory action research she coordinated for field research in the PhD program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation topic is: "The Institutionalized "Community." She became involved with WE THE PEOPLE when the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights and MindFreedom International needed someone on the ground in Brooklyn, New York to coordinate a response where Esmin Green was murdered-by-neglect. She now lives in Albany, NY with her service dog-in-training and cat. For more info: www.TheOpalProject.org and www.etrash.tv
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