Madness, action and the slow dawning of awareness

First, a listing of events from MindFreedom News:

Listing of activities, conferences and gatherings related to MindFreedom International directly or indirectly.

Title Description Start Date End Date Location
Join our parade entry in the Eugene Celebration to change mental health! March with us for choice in the mental health system at the 2008 Eugene Celebration parade! Mad pride! 2008-09-13 08:30 2008-09-13 11:00 Eugene, Oregon, USA
Another Mad Word Is Possible Several days of events in September in Malmo, Sweden. 2008-09-17 00:00 2008-09-21 00:00 Malmo, Sweden
David W. Oaks to speak at World Psychiatric Association Every three years the World Psychiatric Association holds a World Congress. At this year’s event, David W. Oaks, Director of MindFreedom International, has been… 2008-09-22 18:45 2008-09-22 19:45 Prague, Czech Republic
CAPA holds Psychiatric Survivor Pride Weekend Sponsor group Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) sponsors a weekend of events to celebrate survivors of psychiatric human rights violations. 2008-09-27 13:00 2008-09-28 15:00 Toronto, Canada
Narpa 2008 Conference The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy 2008 Annual Rights Conference: “Seizing Opportunities for Change” 2008-10-01 00:00 2008-10-04 00:00 University of Texas Thompson Conference Center, Austin
Premiere for the film documentary about UK rock band Heavy Load. Heavy Load of England is composed of punk rock musicians diagnosed with learning disabilities. A new film spotlights the band’s success. 2008-10-01 00:00 2008-10-01 00:00 London, England
Last Day to Sign Petition October 4, 2008 is the last day to sign the petition “Stop the Psychiatric Drug Crisis in the US Military.” 2008-10-04 11:55 2008-10-04 11:55 Ah, Crap
Psychiatry and Freedom 11th International Conference for Philosophy and Mental Health International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry 2008-10-06 00:00 2008-10-08 00:00 The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, TX, USA
International Center for the Study of Psychology and Psychiatry’s 2008 conference. The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, Inc. (ICSPP) is a sponsor group of MindFreedom. This is an excellent conference, especially… 2008-10-10 00:00 2008-10-12 00:00 Tampa, Florida, USA
National consultation in India on citizens’ charter of human rights NAAJMI partners in India are organizing a two day National consultation on “Citizens’ charter of Human rights for persons living with a mental illness.” 2008-10-10 00:00 2008-10-11 00:00 Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, India.
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… 2008-10-29 00:00 2008-11-02 00:00 Buffalo, New York, USA
ENUSP Plans 2009 World-Congress Against Discrimination and Stigma The European Network of (ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry are joining with other groups in Greece in the second half of September, 2009 for a world-congre… 2009-09-15 00:00 2009-09-30 00:00 Thessaloniki, Greece

And these:

Upcoming Events
UK Television Production Company Seeks Mad Pride Stories UK,
2008-08-19
Asylum! Conference and Festival Elizabeth Gaskell Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK,
2008-09-10
Join our parade entry in the Eugene Celebration to change mental health! Eugene, Oregon, USA,
2008-09-13
Another Mad Word Is Possible Malmo, Sweden,
2008-09-17
David W. Oaks to speak at World Psychiatric Association Prague, Czech Republic,
2008-09-22

And this plug:

MindFreedom Journal is out-
(go to http://www.mindfreedom.org/free-sample/free-sample-journal for free copy)

If you’d like a free sample issue of the award-winning MindFreedom Journal and information about membership mailed to you, just fill out and submit the web form available here.

MindFreedom members include psychiatric survivors, mental health consumers, advocates, family members, and many mental health professionals. What do they have in common? A commitment to the importance of human rights and alternatives in the mental health system.

The new Fall 2008 MindFreedom Journal has 16 pages of the latest news on mental health human rights, with personal stories, color photos, interviews, poetry and a calendar of events as well.

Because we believe you will join once you see the exciting work MindFreedom is doing, we’re now offering a free sample of the Journal. We want to let everyone know what MindFreedom members, sponsors and affiliates are  doing to promote human rights and alternatives in mental health.

Oh- and don’t forget this:

(Does the Word “DUH” mean anything to you?)

Loneliness Harms Health
By Rick Nauert, Ph.D.
Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on September 9, 2008

New studies show that a sense of rejection or isolation disrupts not only will power and perseverance, but also key cellular processes deep within the human body.

Chronic loneliness belongs among health risk factors such as smoking, obesity or lack of exercise.

Feeling connected to others is vital to a person’s mental well-being, as well as physical health, research at the University of Chicago shows.

The studies, reported in a new book, Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, show that a sense of rejection or isolation disrupts not only abilities, will power and perseverance, but also key cellular processes deep within the human body.

The findings suggest that chronic loneliness belongs among health risk factors such as smoking, obesity or lack of exercise, according to lead author John Cacioppo, the Tiffany & Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology at the University.

“Loneliness not only alters behavior, but loneliness is related to greater resistance to blood flow through your cardiovascular system,” Cacioppo said.

Ah, Crap

It looks like the Mad Liberation by Moonlight September show will be canceled- It would have been Friday night, September 19th, 2008, 4 days after the full moon but this conflicts with the annual Coltrane Marathon. Listen anyway. It’ll be back in October (10/17/08, 3 days post lunar fullness).

Here’s a lunar calendar with some thoughts about the next few shows of 2008:

Looking at this schedule, you should get the idea that the next shows will be on 10/17, 11/14 (fortuitous!) and 12/12 (even more fortuitous!). I’ll let people know if this changes, as sometimes happens when Daniel has a special that conflicts.

Other Stuff:

political commentary (click for readable size)-

new illustration from my older son’s blog-

This is cool-

3d Hilbert Curve

3d Hilbert Curve

So is this-

Miscellaneous nonsense or not-

And with this, good-night:

john-lennon-mind-games

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