State Capitol Rotunda, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
May Day for Ray: Protest Forced Electroshock of Ray
Join MindFreedom International in protesting the ongoing forced
outpatient electroshock of Ray Sandford of Minnesota wherever you
live: Vigil, write letters to the editor, speak out! If you can get
to Minneapolis/St. Paul you can join MindFreedom activists David W.
Oaks of Oregon and Al Galves, PhD, of in several days of
protests, vigils, news conferences and activism.
See ‘Gateway to Ray Campaign’ for info, including downloadable flyer
and news release:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Say No to Electroshock
Comite Pare-chocs is holding a gathering on Mother’s Day to protest
ECT, highlighting the fact that it is used much more frequently on
women than on men.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
‘Stop Shocking Our Mothers and Grandmothers!’
The Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) is organizing a
protest that will take place in Toronto, this Mothers Day.
10 May 2009
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Another Mothers Day protest against ECT is being organized by the
International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE).
San Francisco, California, USA
Two Seminars Presented by Ron Unger
Two seminars, led by Ron Unger LCSW, will be held just before the
protest of the APA convention in San Francisco. The first seminar will be an introduction to cognitive therapy for psychosis,
which is a psychological approach to helping people who hear voices
or have beliefs so ‘far out’ that most mental health workers would
propose drugs as the only possible treatment. The second seminar will focus on the relationship between ‘psychosis’ and trauma,
a relationship usually denied by the mental health system which
instead attempts to convince people they have a strictly ‘biological
illness’ or ‘biochemical imbalance.’ Ron is coordinator of
MindFreedom Lane County Affiliate in Oregon.
San Francisco, California, USA
Free Meeting Before the APA Protest
MindFreedom will hold a free reception in advance of the protest of
the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Come to meet other MindFreedom members, socialize, organize, boost
your spirits, maybe make some signs, and get informed!
Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA
Nonviolent Protest of the American Psychiatric Association
When the American Psychiatric Association holds their large Annual
Meeting in 2009 in San Francisco, once more MindFreedom International
will be there to greet them with a nonviolent protest, this time
complete with skits that will be YouTubed. ,
Cork City, Ireland
‘Stop Shocking our Mothers and Grandmothers’
MindFreedom Ireland is holding a peaceful protest against ECT
Critical Psychiatry Network Conference 2009
The Critical Psychiatry Network is hosting its tenth annual
conference, entitled ‘Promoting the critical mental health movement.’
Mad Pride Week!
Mad Pride events are again planned in Europe, Africa,
and more. Hold your own Mad Pride event, small or large, wherever you
are and let MFI know.
While you can hold Mad Pride events at any time, The City of Toronto
in Ontario, Canada has proclaimed as MAD Pride
Week! Ruth Ruth of Friendly Spike Theater, who is chair of the
MindFreedom International Mad Pride Committee, said MAD Pride
Organizers in Toronto will be holding an exhibition, theater events,
an Annual Bed Push Parade and more. Planning meetings are from now until June.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
NARPA 2009 Annual Conference
The next conference of the National Association for Rights Protection
and Advocacy (NARPA), which was a founding organization of the
MindFreedom International coalition, is scheduled for September.
For more info:
Syracuse, New York, USA
ICSPP 2009 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 to network dissident mental health
professionals critical of the current psychiatric system.
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Alternatives 2009 – Save the Date
This is an event funded by the US federal government. From their
publicity material: This is the largest national annual mental health
conference organized by and for people with psychiatric labels. Each
Alternatives conference offers technical assistance on peer-delivered
services and self-help/recovery methods. Deadline for scholarship
application to federal government: .