Cindi Fisher, a member of the Rethinking Psychiatry core team and founder of the M.O.M.S. Movement, travels to Geneva, Switzerland this month. Her report, “Forced Psychiatry and Psychiatric Abuse of African Americans”, will be presented to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Click here to read the report.
The report is the result of a collaboration with Tina Minkowitz and others. Minkowitz, a well known human rights advocate and lawyer, is founder of the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP).
As a representative of African Americans and the Disability Community, Cindi will be presenting the report and discussing its implications with UN representatives and other U.S. NGO’s. The meetings are scheduled for August 10-15, 2014.
This is a unique opportunity to make a lasting impact. Cindi’s trip will cost several thousand dollars. Money is needed to cover expenses. Please join Rethinking Psychiatry, the U.S. Human Rights Network, NAACP and others who have donated to help cover expenses.
Any amount is appreciated. All funds above the actual cost of the trip will be used to cover the cost of printing and distribution of the report at the U.N. and in the U.S. Click button below to donate through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account. For more information, call Cindi at 360-798-6855.
Electroshock: A Crime Against Humanity
Listen to Talk with Tenney on blogtalkradio as host Lauren Tenney interviews electroshock survivors Sue Clark-Wittenberg, Don Weitz and George Ebert; along with John Breeding PhD. Facebook event page
June 4, 2014, 5 – 7 PM Pacific
Listen here: www.blogtalkradio.com/TalkWithTenney
Call in to join the discussion: (267) 521-0167
Electroshock, also known as ECT, shock or electroconvulsive therapy, involves the application of two electrodes to the head to pass electricity through the brain, with the goal of causing an intense seizure or convulsion. Studies have shown that it always damages the brain. Yet it is still being given at facilities like OHSU and Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. Yearly 100,000 people in the USA get ECT. Most people are forced to have ECT. Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 to 2 to million ECTs are being given.
Healing Hearts, Minds & Bodies
Keys to Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and Pathways to Getting There
Presented by Rethinking Psychiatry and the Chitari Foundation.
First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th Av, Portland, OR
Professional Continuing Education Credits available
People with lived experience, allies, and practitioners will come together to share expertise about holistic alternatives to drug-focused treatment, build a movement to create a community-driven recovery model of real choice, mutual help and fully-informed consent, and nurture relationships to sustain our work and spirits!
James S. Gordon, MD
Keynote speaker, Dr. James Gordon, is a Harvard educated psychiatrist and world renowned expert in using mind body medicine to heal depression, anxiety and psychological trauma. Dr. Gordon is author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression.
The symposium will be an inclusive forum for mind-body and mental health professionals, individuals and organizations seeking to learn more about holistic and integrative mind-body treatment options and services for mental and emotional wellbeing.
April 2 through April 30, 2014
An array of films chosen and presented by eight different organizations advocating for and supporting mental wellness in our society.
Click here for complete schedule.
Jonathan Keyes, LPC
Our guest speaker at Rethinking Psychiatry’s March 19th monthly meeting will be Jon Keyes. Jon will talk about reforming our approach to helping people who are going through a mental health crisis. He will critique our current process of inpatient hospitalization and discuss improving and creating positive holistic alternatives.
Jon is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and certified Health Coach. He works as a holistic mental health therapist in his private practice, Hearthside Healing in Portland, OR. He also works as a therapist at Adventist Medical Center, dealing with individuals at their deepest levels of mental health crises. Jon is a contributing writer for Mad in America, and is very articulate, informed and passionate about rethinking psychiatry.
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)
Information just released by The Lund Report reveals that pharmaceutical companies spent nearly half a million dollars since 2011 to influence elections and legislation in the Oregon State Legislature. Top donors to political campaigns include the world’s largest drug company, Pfizer (maker of Zoloft and Xanax), and Eli Lilly, the world’s largest manufacturer of psychiatric medications (maker of Prozac).
Recipients of Pharma campaign contributions include members of the Senate & House leadership, and members of key committees. The report concludes Big Pharma got its money’s worth. Read the full report here.
Due to winter weather, the last two of Ron Unger’s seminar series at Portland State University have been rescheduled.
Mr. Unger is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who works with people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, using a respectful and skill building approach called cognitive therapy for psychosis. The seminars include:
February 21, 2014 – Exploring Ethical Dilemmas related to Diagnosis, Drugs, and other Possibly Iatrogenic Aspects of Mental Health Care
February 22, 2014 – Addressing Spiritual Issues Within Bipolar and Psychosis
These will be available to professionals for continuing education credit. The above links will take you to pages with information on each course and an “add to cart” option that allows you to register. The seminars will also be available to Portland State students for graduate credit as a package, under the course name “The Recovery Revolution in Mental Health: New Approaches for Serious Disorders.“
For more information email 4ronunger at gmail.com, or phone 541-513-1811.
Next Step Meeting – Financing & Participation
Beyond Soteria is a project of those interested in creating a place for withdrawing from psychiatric drugs and restoring wellness.
If you are curious, or interested in contributing ideas, support, finances, or just encouragement please join us this Wednesday, Feb 19, 6:00pm at the Portland Unitarian Church. You can also participate in the meeting by phone. Dial 712-775-7300, then enter 679963#.
What works and what doesn’t?
Ke’onte Cook testifies before Congress on psychotropic drug misuse
A young person in foster care is 4.5 times more likely to be on psychotropic medications than youths not in foster care. In some states, nearly 40% of all foster children are receiving psychotropic medications – often in doses higher than those recommended for adults.
Our featured guest speakers for February will include:
- Stephen McCrea, Supervisor at the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Multnomah and Washington Counties
- Pamela Butler, Program Director at the Oregon Foster Youth Connection
- A panel of former foster youths advocating for change in the foster care system
Hear former foster youths tell about their experiences with the mental health system and foster care. We hope you can join us to hear their stories, and to discuss how we can all better support this very vulnerable population.