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News about changing mental health system in Oregon

Here's some of the latest news from MindFreedom Oregon, an affiliate of MindFreedom International based in Oregon, USA.

 In 1969, one of the first groups in this era led by survivors of abuse in the mental health system began right here in Oregon... MindFreedom International continues this tradition of activism!

 

Updates for MindFreedom Oregon Gateway

 

Oregon mapYou are invited to be part of a state-wide coalition of mental health consumer and psychiatric survivor groups in Oregon, called the:

Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition 

 

To get news updates from OCSC about activities throughout State of Oregon for empowerment and self-determination of mental health consumers, click here for this free alert list. 


Why Zero Gateway:

 

MindFreedom Oregon continues to ask the State of Oregon "Why Zero?" Why, even though budget cuts were not as bad as feared, why is Oregon one of the very few USA states to provide zero funding for the statewide voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors?


For info on the "Why Zero" campaign click here:


http://www.mindfreedom.org/zero

 

Dave Romprey remembered!


30 July 2009 is the one year anniversary of the death of mental health consumer/psychiatric survivor advocate Dave Romprey. The next day will be a dedication of a bench, planting of a tree, and reception to remember him.

To help keep alive the memory of Dave Romprey, please visit our 'gateway' page to Dave, and enjoy the photo of him Storming the Bastille! Click here:


http://www.mindfreedom.org/romprey

 

Go OCSC! State-wide coalition continues to organize.


The big news this past year in Oregon is that there is finally a great state-wide, diverse, inclusive coalition uniting more than a dozen groups run by mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors.

So far there's no funding, but that hasn't stopped the Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition (OCSC for short).

For more info go to their gateway here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/ocsc

 


Another Suspicious Death Reported in Oregon State Hospital


You may read this exclusive report to MindFreedom Oregon here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/as/act/us/or/osh-dea

 

MindFreedom Oregon


MindFreedom Oregon is an affiliate of MindFreedom International. MF-Oregon maintains a big folder of all kinds of articles, archival info, news pieces, photos, etc. regarding MindFreedom Oregon. You'll also find links to the state-wide announcement list, and the state-wide discussion list, to network with others in Oregon who seek a nonviolent revolution in mental health care!

To access the MindFreedom Oregon folder go here:


http://www.mindfreedom.org/as/act/us/or

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Samantha Johnson, psychiatric survivor, MFI intern

Samantha Johnson is a 22-year-old psychiatric survivor who is interning at the MindFreedom International office. "I was absolutely in disbelief at how the people were treated at the hospital. It was an environment of emotional abuse interspersed with 'treatments' and 'policies' that could be more accurately described as assault. The tragic thing is that there really are some good people working there, but they are unable to provide people with the help they need inside a system that prioritizes profits over people. It might take five years of counseling for someone to truly recover from a mental health crisis, but it takes five minutes to tranquilize them. This is why I started working with MindFreedom. For 25 years MFI has been challenging the mental health system to see us as human beings- to treat us as human beings- through peaceful activism. At MFI we emphasize individual choice, empowerment, and compassion as necessary aspects of a true healing process."
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