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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.
Based in Connecticut, U.S. "Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that helps people with or in recovery from mental health and/or addiction issues and their families. Our primary focus is to help people recover and/or strengthen their recovery, enabling them to re-integrate into the community, obtain jobs, and achieve their independence."
"Sixty-one authors – (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry, therapists, psychiatrists, lawyers, social scientists and relatives from all five continents – report about their alternative work, their objectives and successes, and their individual and collective experiences."
"The Western Mass RLC developed the 'Alternatives to Suicide' approach because the opportunity to talk openly about suicide and feelings of deep emotional distress with others who have or are experiencing similar struggles can be a powerful way to support people to move through those darkest places."
Monica Cassani's resource-rich website "documents and shares many natural methods of self-care for finding and sustaining health in body, mind and spirit" and "deals with wider issues in the socio/political and spiritual realms as they pertain to mental health and human rights issues surrounding psychiatry."
"Healing Homes, a feature-length documentary film directed by Daniel Mackler, chronicles the work of the Family Care Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden — a program which, in this era of multi-drug cocktails and psychiatric diagnoses-for-life, helps people recover from psychosis without medication."
Founded by award-winning medical journalist and author Robert Whitaker, Mad in America is a website resource with a mission "to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care". It hosts a blogging community of critical researchers, practitioners, thinkers and activists, and monitors news stories and developments in scientific research.
"MindFreedom International is a nonprofit organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities."
"The MISS Foundation, established in 1996 by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, is an international 501(c)3, volunteer based organization providing C.A.R.E. [counseling, advocacy, research, and education] services to families experiencing the death of a child."
"Open Dialogue weaves together interviews with psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and journalists to create both a powerful vision of medication-free recovery and a hard-hitting critique of traditional psychiatry."
Based in Vermont. "Pathways Vermont transforms the lives of people experiencing mental health and other life challenges by supporting self directed roads to recovery and wellness in an atmosphere of dignity, respect, choice and hope."
"Take These Broken Wings, a feature-length documentary film by director and former psychotherapist Daniel Mackler, shows that people can recover fully from schizophrenia without psychiatric medication. "
Based in Connecticut, U.S. Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited brings a holistic approach with classes in interactive yoga, meditation, transformative habits, mindfulness, music healing, nutrition workshops, recovery workshops and much more.
Located in the Hartford, Connecticut area. "Volunteers in Psychotherapy (VIP) is an IRS-approved, community nonprofit organization that provides one charitable service: access to private psychotherapy – almost always for no fee. Clients “pay for” their therapy by doing independent volunteer work for a charity, nonprofit or government program.
Warfighter Advance's mission is "The Successful Reintegration of Every Warfighter". Its vision is "100% Successful Reintegration & Resilience of the Warfighter & a World Where a Traumatized Warfighter is Fully Restored in a Non-medical Context."
"The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC) creates conditions that support healing and growth for individuals and the community as a whole through learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and the development of regional and national networks."