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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.
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."
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.
"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."
"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."
Kelly Brogan, MD, is a holistic women's health psychiatrist who "practices functional medicine which endeavors to identify individual, root cause contributors to current symptoms with the goal of enhancing and supporting our bodies’ own infinitely complex mechanisms and their native drive toward homeostasis."
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.
"This book is a groundbreaking development in modern mental health because it recognises the importance of the first hand experience and argues that hearing voices is not a sign of madness but a reaction to serious problems in life. Must-read book for all concerned with mental health issues."
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.
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."