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MindFreedom International TRIUMPHS in 2012-2013!

MindFreedom International continued to carry its non-violent revolution in mental health care forward in 2013, with several exciting advocacy VICTORIES and the launch of the a new campaign to challenge hopelessness in mental health care!

MindFreedom OCCUPY THE APA Protest

  • May 2012: In the spirit of liberty, MindFreedom took its nonviolent revolution to historic Philadelphia, PA, USA, and to the doorstep of the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. Over 200 protesters marched to the doors of the Convention Center and participated in a moving LABEL RIP, protesting the dehumanizing effects of psychiatric labels and oppression!

 

Solidarity events were held internationally. This important activism work was covered in the national and international mainstream media!

MindFreedom Shield PROTECTS Human Rights!

At the close of the MindFreedom Shield campaign to free her, Elizabeth wrote to us from her home, “If it hadn't been for MindFreedom I would still be getting forced shock. I know the hospital recognized they had a power to reckon with in MindFreedom. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for the support!"

Learn more about the MindFreedom SHIELD campaign here, and JOIN MINDFREEDOM TODAY to activate your own protective shield against human rights abuses in the mental health system!

MindFreedom I GOT BETTER Campaign

In 2012 MindFreedom International launched the I GOT BETTER campaign to challenges messages of hopelessness in mental health care!

  • http://igotbetter.org: We launched a website for the I GOT BETTER campaign that currently hosts over 200 videos and written stories of triumph over psychiatric adversity! Here's a video by David Oaks (former director of MindFreedom International) sharing HIS inspirational I GOT BETTER story:

     

    There’s still time to submit YOUR story of overcoming hopelessness in mental health care. We look forward to hearing from you!
    • Hope in Mental Health Care Survey: Well over 1000 people took our Hope in Mental Health Care Survey (which ran from June to October). Even though negative and hopeless prognoses are common in mental health care, 97.3% of respondents reported experiencing “at least some recovery” from their mental/emotional issues, and 63.8% of respondents described themselves as “recovered” or “fully recovered” (a self-ranking of 8, 9, or 10 on a 10-point recovery scale).

      The survey results clearly show that hopeless prognoses (that recovery is impossible) are USUALLY untrue. Below see a chart of the number of people who were told recovery was impossible who DID RECOVER!!

     

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    We publicized our results on websites like Mad In America, and they’re now being taught in college classrooms!

    Download YOUR copy of the Hope in Mental Health Care Survey Report to learn more about this exciting work, and start sharing with your networks!

MindFreedom Protests Electroshock!

 

October 2012: Several electroshock survivors were joined by MindFreedom members and supporters in a shock protest and vigil outside the Alternatives 2012 conference in Portland, OR.

 

Learn about how YOU can get involved with MindFreedom's Electroshock and Human Rights Initiative (chaired by Mary Maddock, co-founder of Mindfreedom Ireland!) here.

 

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Peter Lehmann, editor, author, psychiatric survivor activist

Peter Lehmann of Berlin, Germany serves as one of the MindFreedom International representatives with the United Nations, and is a long-term supporter of MindFreedom campaigns and activities. Peter is a psychiatric survivor who has worked passionately for decades in Germany, Europe and internationally with a variety of groups for significant change in the mental health system. Peter is editor and publisher of a variety of books challenging human rights violations in the mental health system and promoting alternatives. His most recent book (co-edited with Peter Stastny, MD) is called "Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry." This book provides chapters from 61 leaders in changing the mental health system, and is available in the MindFreedom Mad Market.
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