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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.
"Beyond the Medical Model examines the impact of a one-model system that has been written so inextricably into our law and language that it has become difficult for many to even hear the evidence supporting a much broader take on what we so often label ‘mental illness.’"
"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."
The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry is a UK-based organization involved in fostering research, public education, and political activities that are guided towards improving understanding of psychiatric medications and drug withdrawal.
China Mills' book "seeks to de-familiarize current ‘Western’ conceptions of psychology and psychiatry using postcolonial theory. It leads us to wonder whether we should call for equality in global access to psychiatry, whether everyone should have the right to a psychotropic citizenship and whether mental health can, or should, be global."
A collection edited by Mark Rapley, Joanna Moncrieff, and Jacqui Dillon: "Psychiatry and psychology have constructed a mental health system that does no justice to the problems it claims to understand and creates multiple problems for its users. Yet the myth of biologically-based mental illness defines our present.
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.
Edited by Brenda A. LeFrançois, Robert Menzies, Geoffrey Reaume. "With contributions from scholars in numerous disciplines, as well as activists and psychiatric survivors, [this book] presents diverse critical voices that convey the lived experiences of the psychiatrized and challenges dominant understandings of "mental illness.""
"An hour-long interview format, Madness Radio focuses on personal experiences of ‘madness’ and extreme states of consciousness from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments. Madness Radio also features authors, advocates, and researchers on madness-related topics, including civil rights, science, policy reform, holistic health, history, and art."
Written by Stuart A. Kirk, Tomi Gomory, and David Cohen, this book "provides an engaging and readable scientific and social critique of current mental health practices. The authors are scholars, researchers, and clinicians who have written extensively about community care, diagnosis, and psychoactive drugs."