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ICI is providing these resources to help facilitate critical education and discussion about a variety of topics and issues related to all things “mental health”. Inclusion in this list does not necessarily imply endorsement by ICI. Some of these resources are closely aligned with our mission, vision, and values. Others may use terms or ideas, promote values or beliefs, or engage in activities that are not fully in sync with what we believe in, strive towards, or envision as an organization; however, we’ve included them here because, in our estimation, they still contribute constructively to some aspects of our overall mission.
"The Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry aims to provide strategic leadership in human rights advocacy, implementation and monitoring relevant to people experiencing or labeled with madness, mental health problems or trauma."
Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. His website has information about his books and courses and links to his podcast and speaking events.
An online library of articles, interviews, videos, and more from Leonard Roy Frank (1932-2015), prolific writer and influential ex-patient activist who spent decades speaking out against the conventional mental health system, and particularly, electroshock.
"The Hearing Voices Network (HVN) USA is one of over 20 nationally-based networks around the world joined by shared goals and values, incorporating a fundamental belief that there are many ways to understand the experience of hearing voices and other unusual or extreme experiences."
"At ISEN we are passionate about providing a collaborative platform that connects networks around the world that offer compassionate support to those who understand their experiences to be a spiritual crisis rather than a mental illness, raising awareness of a non-pathological integral framework within the mental health field."
"Intervoice (International Hearing Voices Projects) is a charity, registered in the UK, that aims to support the International Hearing Voices Movement by connecting people, sharing ideas, distributing information, highlighting innovative initiatives, encouraging high quality respectful research and promoting its values across the world."
Founded by lawyer and ex-psychiatric patient James Gottstein, the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) is a public interest law firm with a mission "to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States". PsychRights has won a number of precedent-setting cases, and the website provides many legal resources.
The Movement Of Mothers Standing-up-together are "Mothers and Other Individuals who have experienced grief, pain, shock, outrage and deep heartbreak, in response to the treatment our loved ones received, through mental health care agencies and institutions."
"The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy mission is to promote policies and pursue strategies that result in individuals with psychiatric diagnoses making their own choices regarding treatment. We educate and mentor those individuals to enable them to exercise their legal and human rights with a goal of abolition of all forced treatment."
This co-produced project from psychologists and survivors in the UK argues for a non-medical, narrative-based approach to distress, and can be used to construct different and more empowering stories of recovery.
"I practice Schizophrenistry — the art of turning multiple realities into words, pictures, and actions without any social constraints to enable those with lesser realities an access into mine." (re-quoted from Todd Murphy)
"Referencing Joanne Greenberg’s book I Never Promised you a Rose Garden, this collection demonstrates the challenge, determination and successes of the authors in working towards a paradigm shift in the understanding of madness and distress."