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.