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MindFreedom International will host a free webinar on Sunday, June 24 at 5:00 pm EST entitled: Voices for Choices: Organizing to End Forced Psychiatric Treatment.

With generous support from the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care 

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 MindFreedom International will host a free webinar on Sunday, June 24 at 5:00 pm EST entitled:
Voices for Choices: Organizing to End Forced Psychiatric Treatment.
 
Places are limited to 100, so reserve your place and register today.
To register click HERE.

 

What is the reason for this webinar?
 
MindFreedom International is experiencing an alarming increase in the volume of requests we receive from people in distress. It is clear that:
 
  • Tens of thousands are under treatment orders in their communities.
  • Tens of thousands are locked up and receiving treatment by force. 
  • People aren't receiving adequate protection.
  • Hundreds of thousands are at risk of dying prematurely from harmful psychiatric treatment.

The voices of those who already died prematurely due to their psychiatric 'treatment' is deafening.
 
The voices of psychiatric survivors - are still systemically silenced.
 
It is time for action.  It is time to recognize new voices, broaden and strengthen our movement, and organize! The recent protest at the annual APA conference on May 6th and the virtual counter conference is  just the beginning.
 
 
 
 
Webinar Description
 
In this webinar, the first of a series, panelists David Oaks, Jim Gottstein, and Emily Cutler will present an overview of the psychiatric survivor’s movement, the rewards and challenges of activism, and strategies for uniting and going forward.
 
This webinar will help you:
 
• Increase your ability to connect with potential allies and peers. 
• Acquire tools and training to become a more effective activist and/or advocates.
• Obtain follow-up mentorship from an established activist/leaders.
 
To Register Click HERE
Voices for Choices: Organizing to End Forced Psychiatric Treatment 
Sunday, June 24 
5:00 pm Eastern 
 
A recording of both webinars will be made available for viewing indefinitely on our website.
 
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Webinar Speakers
 
Emily Cutler is a victim of involuntary commitment and a psychiatric survivor. She graduated with her B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed an honors thesis on sizeism among adolescents and strategies for introducing fat acceptance into schools. She currently serves as an assistant editor at the critical psychiatry web magazine Mad in America and is the founder of the grassroots group Southern California Against Forced Treatment, which raises awareness about the issue of involuntary commitment and coercive mental health interventions. She is an incoming PhD student at the University of South Florida, where she will be researching involuntary commitment and mad studies. Emily is passionate about combating paternalism in all its forms.
 
David Oaks is a psychiatric survivor and an established leader in the movement for human rights in the mental health system. He co-founded Support Coalition International with Judi Chamberlin, and later, co-founded MindFreedom International becoming it’s first Executive Director until 2013. David consults with non-profits through Aciu Institute. 
 
Jim Gottstein grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.  After graduating from West Anchorage High School in 1971, he attended the University of Oregon and graduated with honors (BS, Finance) in 1974.  From there he attended Harvard Law School graduating in 1978 with a J.D. degree.  From late 2002 until the end of 2016 Mr. Gottstein devoted the bulk of his time pro bono to the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) whose mission is to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock across the United States. Currently he is in private practice. 
 
 

Many webinars routinely charge a fee. This webinar is free. To help us defray costs associated with this webinar, please consider making a donation to MindFreedom today by clicking HERE 

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