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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.
"Psychiatric diagnosis has become one of the most contested practices in mental health services today. Lucy Johnstone asks 'Do you still need your psychiatric diagnosis?' This book will help you to decide... If the authors of the diagnostic manuals are admitting that psychiatric diagnoses are not supported by evidence, then no one should be forced to accept them."
"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. "
"The author's 33 years of experience working as a mental health professional - psychiatric nurse, clinical psychologist and manager - has enabled the creation of a distinctive insider account of the shameful failings of the Western psychiatric system.
The Therapeutics Initiative "is an independent organization, separate from government, pharmaceutical industry and other vested interest groups" that provides "independent assessments of evidence on drug therapy to balance the drug industry sponsored information sources."
The Therapy Industry fundamentally challenges our conceptions of happiness and wellbeing. Moloney argues that therapeutic and applied psychology have little basis in science, that their benefits are highly exaggerated and they prosper because they serve the interests of power.
David Webb, PhD, says about his website, "Thinking About Suicide includes the story of my own history with suicidal feelings. But it is not an autobiography, nor is this website a blog about me. Rather, Thinking About Suicide is an invitation to think and talk about suicide in a new and different way."
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.
The Virtues of Non-Compliance talks back to the idea that people who have been given psychiatric labels suffer in a way over which they have no control and that often results in an inability to care for one's self. These are stories of hope in the voice of people who have been there...and who have gone on to live their lives on their own terms.
"Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive."
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."