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December Potluck & Planning Meeting – December 7, 2016

Join us for our December potluck & planning meeting.  Following the success of our November meeting, we will continue planning our activities for 2017.

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Note: Rethinking Psychiatry monthly meetings are now on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, December 7,  7-9 pm
Unite Oregon   (formerly The Center for Intercultural Organizing)
700 N. Killingsworth St.,  Portland, Oregon

Donations welcome!

Rethinking Psychiatry Harvest Potluck
Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 PM



Join us this coming Wednesday for a potluck and our November meeting!

  • Harvesting Ideas for the Upcoming Year
  • Putting by community Talents & Efforts
  • Sharing the Bounty of What We Create Together

Bring a dish to share and your ideas.

Wednesday, November 16,  7-9 pm
Unite Oregon   (formerly The Center for Intercultural Organizing)
700 N. Killingsworth St.,  Portland, Oregon

Donations welcome!

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Second Story Peer Respite House – Oct 5, 2016

Rethinking Psychiatry Presents

Second Story Peer Respite House Santa Cruz, CAPlease join us as Rethinking Psychiatry presents Adrian Bernard, co-founder of Second Story Peer Respite House, for an evening of connection through Madness.

Adrian Bernard

Adrian Bernard

“Second Story (Santa Cruz, CA) offers people a new way to view themselves.  No longer as mentally ill patients, rather, humans empowered by the diversity of their experiences.”

  • What is a peer respite house?
  • What does it take to start one?
  • What does it take to keep it going?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7-9 PM
Unite Oregon (formerly The Center for Intercultural Organizing)
700 N. Killingsworth St., Portland Oregon

Free!  Donations Welcome ($0 -$20 suggested)

Right to Dream Too (R2D2) – Oct 21, 2015

R2D2 Right to Dream Too

Rethinking Psychiatry presents

Mental Health, Houselessness & Making a Home

Ptery LeightPtery Leight of Right to Dream Too (R2D2) will discuss:

  • How houselessness can lead to mental health challenges
  • How mental health challenges can lead to houselessness
  • How R2D2 approaches mental health crisis
  • Redefining mental health and home

$10 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM)
049 SW Porter St. Portland

A Critical Look at Electroshock Treatment

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May 20, 2015

1.5 clinical practice CEUs;
& 0.5 ethics CEUs from NASW

Rethinking Psychiatry presents electroshock survivors Deborah Schwartzkopff and Jason Kalendak as they open to view this highly controversial psychiatric treatment.

In this powerful presentation, you will:

  • Relate signs/symptoms of electroshock with what survivors live with
  • Learn who is most impacted by electroshock
  • Recognize the ethical and human-rights concerns around informed consent & coercive treatment
  • Identify alternatives to electroshock.

DeborahSchwartzkopff100Deborah Schwartzkopff worked 25 years as a Registered Nurse.  She survived 66 bilateral electroshock treatments at local hospitals.  She has been an activist since 2011, and founded ECTJustice, an electroshock survivors group.


Call for Proposals for 2014 Symposium

Healing Hearts, Minds and Bodies

This year we are partnering with The Chitari Foundation for our 2014 symposium on May 16 & 17.  We will be offering a rich array of workshops covering many aspects of as many holistic healing as possible. If you are interested in presenting we invite you to apply.  If  you know others who might be interested in sharing their healing modalities please pass this along to them.  Applications must be submitted by March 22.  If you have questions please call Marcia Meyers 503-665-3957.

Click here to download application (pdf)

Call for Papers: The Experiences of Mental Health Consumers/Survivors

The Journal of Progressive Human Services: Radical Thought & Praxis is preparing a special section about the experience of mental health consumers/survivors. We are encouraging contributions by consumers, providers and allies on a range of issues including the politics of mental illness, relevant social movements, and radical mental health practice.

More info…

MindFreedom launches “I Got Better” campaign

MindFreedom“I Got Better” is an ongoing project defying the all-too-common message that recovery from mental and emotional distress is impossible. The “I Got Better” campaign will make stories of recovery and hope in mental health widely available through a variety of media.

Your Participation Could Save a Life

Any and everybody with a stake in mental health in our society is welcome to participate, including people who have used mental health services, psychiatric survivors, as well as their friends, family members, colleagues, and mental health workers.  More information

Rethinking Madness by Paris Williams PhD

Rethinking MadnessRecent domestic and international research suggests that full recovery from schizophrenia and other related psychotic disorders is not only possible, but may actually be the most common outcome given the right conditions, a finding that flies directly in the face of the mainstream understanding of these confusing disorders.

In Rethinking Madness, Dr. Paris Williams takes the reader step by step on a highly engaging journey of discovery, exploring how the mainstream understanding of schizophrenia has become so profoundly misguided, while crafting a much more accurate and hopeful vision of madness. As this vision unfolds, we discover a deeper sense of appreciation for the profound wisdom and resilience that lies within our beings while also coming to the unsettling realization of just how thin the boundary is between so called madness and so called sanity.

“In Rethinking Madness, Paris Williams writes of how science, history, and personal stories of recovery from madness all tell of how the medical model of schizophrenia/psychosis is horribly flawed and needs to be fundamentally rethought. In a clear manner, he lays out the evidence for a ‘paradigm shift’ in our thinking that, at its core, would offer people who experience madness both hope and the knowledge that robust recovery is possible, and, with the right support, quite common. And as the personal stories in his book reveal, for some, a bout of madness can be a transformative personal journey.”  Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic.

Purchase book from
Rethinking Madness website
Live Webinar Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Three Pronged Approach to Mental Health System Change

Jim Gottstein or PsychRights.orgby Jim Gottstein in Mad in America

Three elements that reinforce each other in ways that can lead to meaningful system change. These are: (1) Changing Public Attitudes, (2) Creation of Other Choices (Alternatives),  and (3) Strategic Litigation (Honoring Rights).

Changing Public Attitudes <—> Creation of Alternatives

For example, debunking the myths among the general public that

  1. psychiatric drugs are the best treatment,
  2. locking people up and drugging and electroshocking them against their will is an effective strategy,  and
  3. people do not recover after a diagnosis of serious mental health illness

can greatly increase the public’s willingness to invest in non-coercive, non-drug, recovery oriented choices or alternatives.  Read more