Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mindfreedom Article About My Protest

Mindfreedom is the most vocal activism group out there advocating civil and human rights for those labeled with a 'mental illness' diagnosis. Many members (including myself) are former psychiatric victims turned activists. They posted a small article on my protest on their website. Click here to read.


  1. Dear Godly Mathew,

    i'm in California. i am deeply grateful and humbled by what you have set out to do.

    it's not easy, but to us survivors there's a profoundness about what you're doing.

    it inspires us in ways you can only imagine. There are 58,000 people in mental institutions across America, without a Voice or even a window to the outside.

    i hope you keep up the Good Fight.

    The NAMi National Convention is this week in San Francisco. i'm hoping to speak before the Board during an open mike session tomorrow at 5pm PST.

    Have my fingers crossed that all will go well.

    God Bless You!

    Jane Christol

    Mental Health Consumer Affairs
    Meeting Participant

    Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital
    San Jose, California

  2. Thanks Jane. It's always encouraging to hear feedback from a fellow survivor. Organizations like NAMI have always represented the interests of psychiatry, not ours. The voices of psychiatric victims have always been muted, ignored, and silenced. I wish you luck during the open mike session. Hopefully the voice of survivors will get some of the attention that it deserves. Thanks for reaching out.

  3. Godly, i am wondering if you've heard of Dr. Loren Mosher or Soteria House?

    Dr. Loren Mosher was the first Chief of the Center for Studies of Schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health, 1969-1980. He founded the Schizophrenia Bulletin and for ten years he was its Editor-in-Chief.

    His non-drug, non-biomedical, fully voluntary program, Soteria House, was based on caring, compassion and respect for those who become labeled with mental "illness".

  4. I heard of Soteria House through a facebook contact but have not looked into it. I will read more about it as well as Dr. Loren Mosher. It's great to hear of someone in the system who actually had a non-drug approach and showed compassion to those labeled instead of seeing them as mere labels. Thanks for the info, Jane.