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MindFreedom: Promoting Humane Alternatives in Mental Health

MindFreedom is an independent grassroots coalition of activists working for human rights in the mental health system. One of the most common human rights violations is to deny people a choice of alternatives. One choice is no choice! Here's your gateway to MindFreedom's campaign for mental health alternatives to psychiatry's one-size-fits-all "medical model."

MindFreedom: Promoting Humane Alternatives in Mental Health

The mental health system needs a "truth injection" to promote more alternatives. Here, MindFreedom administers a "truth hypo" in front of the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.

Psychiatry is a controversial profession. It has for a couple hundred years been entrusted by society to handle society's response to the extremes of the human experience, society's response to people who have become overwhelmed in life. 

Problematic thoughts, feelings and behaviors are very real. Millions of people across the globe suffer enormously with these problems. Psychiatry offers the world one, and one interpretation of these phenomena only. That interpretation is that these problems are bona fide medical diseases of the brain. The story of how psychiatry came to this interpretation, is a very long and complicated story. Psychiatry applies labels like 'Schizophrenia' and 'Bipolar' to people, it prescribes brain altering drugs to these people. Psychiatric science does not have any biological tests, and is based mainly on psychiatry's theories of 'broken brains'. But many people seek alternatives to psychiatry.

A huge and growing group of people worldwide are turning their back on psychiatry's interpretation. They are not disagreeing with psychiatry just for fun, they are not disagreeing with psychiatry's interpretation in order to offend people who believe in psychiatry's views. They are turning their back on psychiatry because their lives depend on it, because they have found alternative interpretations of their human distress, interpretations that have helped them recover from or manage their problems without psychiatry's drugs, without psychiatry's labels.

A thorough understanding of alternative interpretations of the problems that get labeled 'mental illness' by psychiatry is not something that can be provided in a short, quick sound bite. If you are interested in alternatives to psychiatry, welcome to the MindFreedom site, you're in the right place. Through this site you will be able to connect with hundreds of helpful and free resources. There are many books, radio shows, films, blogs and websites that take an alternative approach to 'mental health'.  The following documentary films by filmmaker Daniel Mackler are a good place to start. We recommend taking a look around our website, visiting us on Facebook, or checking out the helpful links listed below these interesting videos.

 

'Take These Broken Wings', is a film about recovery from the problems that get labeled 'Schizophrenia'.

 

 

 'Coming Off Psych Drugs: A Meeting Of The Minds' is a film about people labeled 'Schizophrenic' and 'Bipolar' who were told they'd have to take psychiatric drugs for the rest of their lives, who have chosen to live their lives without psychiatric drugs.

 

 

'Open Dialogue: An Alternative Finnish Approach' is a film about the Finland mental health system, a system with a very different approach to mainstream psychiatry's drug and label approach.



 
'Healing Homes: Recovery From Psychosis Without Medication' is a film about alternative approaches in Sweden.
 

 

In 'Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs: A Harm Reduction Guide', Will Hall talks about his approach to the issue of psychiatric drugs.
 

 

 

Read the personal stories of people who have been through the mental health system and survived it:

 http://www.mindfreedom.org/personal-stories

 

In 'Simple Truths About Psychiatry, Peter Breggin talks about psychiatry's 'Chemical Imbalance' claim.
 

 

 

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Other helpful websites that could set your mind free:

 

http://www.madinamerica.com/

The website above, Mad In America, founded by journalist Robert Whitaker, is the premier alternatives to psychiatry website in the world. Hundreds of authors, growing to 1.2 million readers a year only 2 years since its founding, this is the hottest place in alternative psychiatry right now, especially for those seeking alternatives to the medical model of 'mental illness'.

http://www.madnessradio.net/

Madness Radio is the best alternatives to psychiatry radio show in the world, hosted by Will Hall, with over 150 hours of podcasts to listen to, this radio show has hundreds of interesting guests from all over the globe, journey into critiques of neuroscience, stories of survival, the history of psychiatry and much more.

 

http://openparadigmproject.com/

Also this one above, the Open Paradigm Project, has some great videos from real people who've survived it all, the system, the labels, the drugs, etc. Great to watch.

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/talkwithtenney

Talk with Tenney is a new internet radio call in show, founded in 2014, this exciting new show is hosted by psychiatric survivor academic and longtime MindFreedom member Lauren Tenney PhD, join her for regular interviews with many guests and call in and have your say on issues related to mental health and psychiatry.

 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/davidwoaks

Above is a link to MindFreedom's own internet radio show, there are many hours of informative listening about the issues that matter to you in human rights and mental health. Get to know who we are and listen to archived episodes of interviews and lively debate around these issues.


http://psychrights.org/index.htm

Psychrights.org, the Law Project For Psychiartric Rights, is an extensive and comprehensive resource about all legal aspects of forced psychiatry.


http://beyondmeds.com/

 Beyond Meds, is a leading alternatives to psychiatry blog with a focus on the road to withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.


http://www.behaviorismandmentalhealth.com/

The above blog, Behaviorism and Mental Health, is a leading blog by psychologist Phil Hickey PhD, filled with insightful articles with a critical psychiatry perspective.

 

http://lunatickfringe.wordpress.com/

Lunatick Fringe is a great blog from MindFreedom Florida's Frank Blankenship, join Frank for opinion and analysis of all the latest impacts of psychiatry on society, politics and more.

 

 

 None of the above external websites are associated with any drug company, government or religion, neither is MindFreedom.

 

MindFreedom has a vibrant Facebook page, please visit us on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/MindFreedom-International/33579368821

 

 

 

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Amy Smith, psychiatric survivor, organizer and artist

From her home in Colorado, Amy Smith provides leadership for the movement to change the mental health system in a variety of ways, from events to art work for the Occupy American Psychiatric Association peaceful protests by MindFreedom International. Amy is a psychiatric survivor, who has been psych drug-free since 2008. She is the former director of Colorado’s statewide consumer organization, and the creator of RISE University, an education program designed to illuminate the experience of labeled individuals and their families.
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