Some of the events are already past because I was late getting this up but much of it is still useful.
MindFreedom International News – 17 July 2008
http://www.mindfreedom.org/events_listing – please forward
A Few 2008 Events About Changing the Mental Health System
The calendar of events below, in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and UK
may be of interest to those who passionately care about human rights
and alternatives in the mental health system.
[Disclaimers: Most but not all events are organized by MindFreedom or
sponsor groups. Listing is not necessarily endorsement. The
organizers are solely responsible for their content. Date listed is
start date. This listing is not meant to be comprehensive. If your
event is not yet listed you may submit e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org ]
For more info and links for below events go to:
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA:
Mad Pride Week in the City of Toronto – The Mayor of Toronto even
officially declared a Mad Pride Day! This wonderful series of events
is already underway, but there is still time to attend. A bed push
parade and party is scheduled for July 19, and a Mad Pride brunch on
the morning of July 20.
Watch for organizers from new affiliate, MindFreedom Ontario!
14 – 20 July 2008
SOUTHWARK, UNITED KINGDOM:
BonkersFest – Poses the question ‘De-normalisation: The next civil
rights movement?’ This free event will take place on the actual area
where the infamous Bedlam was located. Past BonkersFests have drawn
three thousand participants.
BonkersFest is a showcase of mad creativity providing a day of
inspiring performance, art and music for the whole community.
19 July 2008
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA:
Mad Pride Asheville – “Part of a 9-nation disorganization of similar
festivals, featuring week-long festivals in London and Toronto and
others in Portland OR, Montreal, and various other cities in the US,
Canada, Belgium, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South
Africa and Ghana.”
19 July 2008
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, USA:
A vigil co-sponsored by MindFreedom International to remember Esmin
Green, who died so publicly while waiting in King County Hospital
Psychiatric Emergency Room:
URGENT! HELIOS MATCHING GRANT ENDS
is the deadline for MindFreedom to receive a matching
grant by raising a grand total of $500.00 from first-time donors. If
we reach this goal, the Helios Resource Network will double the total
amount donated by granting MindFreedom $500.00 in matching funds.
If you would like to help us reach this goal, and support human
rights and alternatives in , please become a MindFreedom
member today by donating any amount — small or large — to MFI
through the Helios Resource Network.
For information on how to make your tax-deductible donation count
toward the Helios grant, please go directly to this Helios Web page
Or read more about this important opportunity here:
But act now! The deadline is!
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND:
Education Day on Human Rights & Alternatives in Mental Health –
“PRAWI of New Zealand is a sponsor group in MindFreedom
International. Director Anna de Jonge announces PRAWI is holding an
all-day educational event using DVD’s from the conferences of the
International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology.”
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM:
Asylum! Conference and Festival – From the organizers: “The
conference will bring together organisations, activists, campaigners
and academics working for radical challenge and change in mental
health. It will showcase critical work on psychiatry and psychology
(‘Big Psy’) and the pharmaceutical industry (‘Big Pharma’), and
alternatives to diagnostic medical labels like ‘schizophrenia’ and
‘paranoia’.” This event is being held on the Elizabeth Gaskell
Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA:
NARPA 2008 Conference – This year the NARPA conference will be held
at the University of Texas at Austin, and will feature speakers
Michael Perlin, Catherine Penney, and Susan Stefan, and others.
TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA:
International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry’s
2008 conference – The ICSPP is a sponsor group of MindFreedom. This
is an excellent conference, especially to network dissident mental
health professionals critical of the current psychiatric system.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK, USA:
Alternatives 2008 – Since the 1980’s, the US federal government helps
fund a large conference of several hundred mental health consumers
and psychiatric survivors, many of whom are leading consumer-driven
projects such as support groups and drop-in centers.
ACTION: Please forward this events calendar!
For more info and links for above events go to:
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in mental health!
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