Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thanks everyone for your support.

On August 26th, I finished my 100 days of protesting. I was 10 days behind schedule and there were other elements of my protest fell short of my expectations but overall it was a great experience and one that I hope will encourage me to continue in the survivor movement.

I think it is important to have a sustained effort to send the message to these facilities that abuses of human rights will not be tolerated silently and so I want to continue with my protest, although at a more practical scale. I am thinking once a week for a year is a more manageable goal. I also want to explore other means of activism and advocacy including participating in other protests organized by fellow activists. I am currently planning a website to collaborate with other survivors and activists to share our stories and help raise awareness of psychiatric abuse.

I hope that this is just an introduction into the world of activism and that I can devote a substantial part of my life to this important cause. 'Mental health' remains in many ways the last frontier of civil rights - largely untouched by mainstream media and the mass of public conscience. It remains up to us, who experienced the horrors of psychiatry personally, to witness our experience with the rest of the world and do what we can to tilt the scales of the system in the direction of justice and human rights. Thanks again to everyone for being a part of this experience.

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I will be keeping this blog up and hope to continue with my activism efforts. If you were abused at a psychiatric facility and want to publish your experience on this blog - please email me 100dayprotest@gmail.com .

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Days Missed.

Thanks to everyone who is still checking in every now and then. Thanks so much for sharing in this important experience in my life. The official end date of my protest was this past Sunday (August 16, 2009) but I missed 4 days of protesting last week that I will be making up. I also want to share some of my thoughts on the whole protest experience as well as my future activism efforts in the psychiatric survivor movement.

I was debating as to how to gracefully retire my blog (my final post) but I decided that as with my activism efforts, I should to keep this blog going past my protest period. I came to know many people and share my protest with so many of you that I do not feel right in saying goodbye so abruptly. I only hope I can be a more disciplined blogger in the weeks and months to come and actually do some writing on a regular basis. Thanks to everyone who visited, commented, encouraged, and reached out.

God Bless.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Only five days left...

Today will be day 95 of my protest. Thanks for everyone's support of my efforts. It's been a tough journey but it would have been impossible without your encouragements. I am very grateful to you all.

-g.m.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Any other psychiatric survivors thinking of protesting?

The following was a recent comment by a psychiatric survivor
Hey man I love what you're doing here, keep it up :D.

I was thinking of doing the same thing at the hospital I was abused at. Got any tips for a newbie protester? :)
I already posted a small comment in reply. Later, after the commenter emailed me, I was able to respond at length.

This is exactly the kind of interaction that keeps me going and reassures me during my darkest periods of doubts. It is a great inspiration to me and I feel very motivated in my own activism efforts because of this. Hearing from fellow psychiatric survivors and activists has been without question the greatest highlight of my protest and the biggest factor that has kept me going forward.

Are there any psychiatric abuse survivors out there that are planning on holding a peaceful protest outside the facility where they were abused? I would like to feature any such protests on a new website I am planning to raise awareness of psychiatric abuse and activism.

Please comment below or email me at 100dayprotest@gmail.com and let me know. If you just leave a comment I won't be able to get in touch with you other so remember to sent me an email also.

Thanks.

-g.m.

Days 69 to 82 of 100

Day 69: Thursday, July 16 @ 9:35 pm to 10:35 pm
Day 70: Friday, July 17 @ 1:30 am to 2:30 am
Day 71: Saturday, July 18 1:05 am to 2:05 am
Day 72: Sunday, July 19 @ 2:00 am to 3:00 am
Day 73: Monday, July 20 @ 10:35 am to 11:50 am
Day 74: Tuesday, July 21 @ 2:35 am to 3:35 am
Day 75: Wednesday, July 22 @ 3:15 am to 4:15 am
Day 76: Thursday, July 23 @ 3:25 am to 4:25 am
Day 77: Friday, July 24 @ 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Day 78: Saturday, July 25 @ 7:10 pm to 8:10 pm
Day 79: Sunday, July 26 @ 3:50 am to 4:50 am
Day 80: Monday, July 27 @ 4:15 am to 5:15 am
Day 81: Tuesday, July 28 @ 3:00 am to 4:00 am
Day 82: Wednesday, July 29 @ 4:20 am to 5:20 am

Still Protesting...

I am still protesting despite the fact that I have not been updating my protest times on the blog. I am quite exhausted by now and have not been finding the time or inspiration to blog lately. For this I apologize.

An other issue that has unfortunately crept up is that I have been protesting later at night; sometimes well past midnight - thus a few hours late for those days and technically into the next day.