Foster Youth & the Mental Health System
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014

What works and what doesn’t?

Ke'onte Cooke testifies before Congressinal committee on the misuse of psychotropic drugs on foster children.

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.

Beyond Soteria – Jan. 15, 2014

Creating a Place for Withdrawing from Psychiatric Drugs & Restoring Wellness

Cindi Fisher, Founder of the M.O.M.S. Movement, and Grace Silvia, who worked at Soteria Alaska, will share their vision for a place for withdrawing from psychiatric drugs and restoring wellness.  They invite people who have come off meds, people who want to come off meds, family, friends and allies to share their experiences and build a common vision to take this dream into action!


Dr. Satya Ambrose will introduce  her collaborative healing community, Chitari.  Chitari is a non-profit holistic healing center where the worlds of conventional and natural medicine meet to promote wellness of the body and spirit.

The Healing Paradox in Mental Health Treatment – Nov. 20, 2014

The Healing ParadoxJoin us at our November meeting for a presentation by psychiatrist and author, Dr. Steven Goldsmith.

“Treatment that fights disease as an adversary cannot cure mental illness.  Only treatment that accepts and allies with mental illness can help people cure themselves.” Steven Goldsmith, MD, author of The Healing Paradox: A Revolutionary Approach to Treating and Curing Physical and Mental Illness (North Atlantic Books, 2013) will discuss this central paradox as it pertains to mental health treatment, with descriptions of curative paradoxical treatments. Time permitting, he will read from a relevant portion of his book, with audience discussion and questions to follow.

Dr. Goldsmith received his M.D. from the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, is Board-certified in psychiatry, and has been affiliated with the Tufts University, Boston University, and New York University Schools of Medicine.  He maintains a practice In Portland emphasizing natural solutions for health problems.

Natural Healing Approaches for Mental Health – Nov. 20 in Corvallis

Chris Foulke, Emily Wittkop, and Alieta Herrera-Train will speak on nutritional, herbal, and livestyle solutions for mental healing.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 7:40 PM
Location: Ronenkamp Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 435 NW 21st, Corvallis, OR

Click here for more information (PDF)

Portland Hearing Voices – Weds, Sept 18

PortlandHearingVoicesRethinking Psychiatry is pleased to announce that our popular monthly meetings will resume on September 18th!  This meeting will feature guest speaker, Kate Hill, from Portland Hearing Voices.

Hearing Voices is a “voices and extreme states” support group.  Learn how Hearing Voices seeks to help people regain control of their lives and explore the meaning in madness.

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: First Unitarian Church,  1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR

Eyes & Ears Newsletter

Connect with mental health advocacy resources

Eyes & Ears is the widest circulated monthly newsletter created by and for persons with a diagnosis of mental illness.  Published for the past 15 years, it contains local and national news, event listings, resources, and stories of accomplishment and hope.

Click here for your free subscription

New Hearing Voices support group

Light of MadnessThe “Light of Madness”, a new Hearing Voices support group has formed in the PSU area.  According to Hearing Voices Facilitator, Casadi “Khaki” Marino,

We maintain a broad view on human experience. Distress and extreme states are seen as expressions of sensitivity, difference, or vulnerability. They are real, meaningful, and connected to life experiences. The more extreme the experience, the more extreme the response may be. An extreme state can be a way of trying to process and make sense of experiences.

Meetings are held Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 7:00pm, just off the main PSU campus on the 9th floor of the Market Street Building at 1600 SW 4th Avenue in Portland.  There is no charge for the meetings.

The group is expressly for individuals who have had mental illness/madness/extreme state experiences. Support people are welcome as needed by the individuals.

For questions and/or to join the Light of Madness email list, contact


Protest ECT – Saturday, May 24

ECT protestWhere: Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital
10180 SE Sunnyside Road
Clackamas, OR
When: Saturday, May 24
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join Deborah Schwartzkopff and other ECT survivors protesting this brutal psychiatric treatment. This will be a peacefull protest on the sidewalk near the main hospital entrance. Protest signs will be provided.  Click here for details.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Corporate Power & Mental Health Systems:
How we can take our power back

MOMS RallyCindi Fisher has advocated for many years for her son and other adult children in the mental health system. She has accompanied them into treatment team meetings and hearings, and recorded many stories of human and constitutional rights abuses across the nation.

Cindi has been seeking answers beyond putting out fires. She became inspired by the potential that the Community Rights Movement has for creating safe, sustainable, empowered communities and its application for restoring the rights of our loved ones.

Cindi’s extensive research into the history of mental health treatment unearths violations of human rights, often formalized into law, for profit. Cindi will connect the dots to how this happens today, and Paul Cienfuegos will address us by video about the Community Rights movement.

We will conclude with how we can challenge corporate power and assert People’s Rights through a legally binding local ordinance. This is an old form of civil disobedience that has been used in the last 15 years by more than 150 communities in the United States. We will discuss how we can apply it to make local community members safe from the abuse of mental health labels, prolonged involuntary commitment and forced treatment, and ensure their rights and freedoms.

This ground-breaking presentation will leave you empowered!

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR

Portland Book Event – May 19th 7PM

The Book of Woe: The Making of the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

Gary Greenberg will be at Powells’s Books May 19th to present his new book, The Book of Woe: The Making of the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.

The Book of Woe reveals the deeply flawed process by which mental disorders are invented and uninvented — and why increasing numbers of therapy patients are being declared mentally ill.

The Atlantic writer and author Daniel Smith says of the book: “If you want to understand how we think of mental suffering today—and why, and to what effect—read this book.”

Gary GreenburgGary Greenberg may be the only expert who has been on the inside of the “making of” the DSM-5 as a therapist while also reporting on it as a journalist.

Will Hall, director of Portland Hearing Voices and host of KBOO’s Madness Radio, will join Greenberg in conversation. This event is sponsored by Portland Hearing Voices.

Sunday, May 19th,  7 PM
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside
Portland, Oregon