Why Protest Psychiatry? – Human Rights Activism @Mindfreedom Radio , May 12th

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“Why Protest the American Psychiatric Association?”

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Protesters at this Past Weekend’s “Occupy APA”! —       Susan Rogers & Frank Blankenship, And Your Calls

   **THIS** Sat., 12 May 2012, 2 pm ET, 11 am PT

Listen and call in live as these two activists and others report on and discuss the protest of the American Psychiatric Association’s upcoming Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, at MindFreedom Live Web Radio here:
Call-in Number:             (646) 595-2125


SUSAN ROGERS, one of the coordinators of Occupy APA, directs the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, a peer-run national technical assistance center funded in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (Organization listed for identification purposes only.)

FRANK BLANKENSHIP is a long-time activist, blogger and protester for human rights in the mental health system, and founder of MindFreedomFlorida. Frank chairs the MFI Affiliate Support Committee.

The protest itself was held directly across the street from the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association when they met in Philadelphia this past weekend, 5 May 2012. Solidarity actions were held in a number of other locations internationally.

For news, photos, video, etc. from this event, along with info about solidarity events and how you can participate anywhere, go tohttp://www.boycottnormal.org.

HOST: CELIA BROWN is a psychiatric survivor in New York City, and President of MindFreedom International, is takes the place of host David Oaks.



Why or Why Not Protest American Psychiatric Association? What’s your view?

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Press Release-“OCCUPY APA” Peaceful Protests, May 5, USA

American Psychiatric Association

American Psychiatric Association (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


BELOW is a forwarded news release issued by National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) in support of tomorrow’s peaceful MindFreedom International protest of the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Saturday, 5 May 2012, in Philadelphia. NCMHR unites 36 member organizations (32 US States and 4 national TA Centers).

For more info on actions in Philly and globally, and MFI go to: http://www.boycottnormal.org
For more info about NCMHR go to: http://ncmhr.org/
To thank NCMHR, email to info@ncmhr.org

Please forward.

Press Release

For immediate release
Coalition of Individuals with Psychiatric Labels Supports Protestors’ Efforts to “Occupy” the American Psychiatric Association Convention
WASHINGTON, DC (5/3/12) – The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery(NCMHR), a coalition comprising 32 statewide organizations of individuals in recovery from mental health conditions, supports an upcoming peaceful protest of theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the controversial “bible” of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). On Saturday, May 5, 2012, as thousands of psychiatrists congregate in Philadelphia for the APA Annual Meeting, individuals with psychiatric labels and others will converge in a global campaign to oppose the APA’s proposed new edition, the DSM-5, scheduled for publication in May 2013.
Occupy the APA will include distinguished speakers 10 a.m. to noon at Friends Center (1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia), and a march at approximately 12:15 p.m. to the Pennsylvania Convention Center (12th and Arch Streets), where the group will protest from approximately 1 p.m. while the APA meets inside. The event is co-sponsored by numerous organizations, including MindFreedom International, the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, and the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights.
“In particular, we are dismayed by the proposed expansion of psychiatric labels to include nearly every facet of human experience,” said Daniel B. Fisher, MD, PhD, NCMHR board member and a psychiatrist who himself recovered from schizophrenia. “This move to pathologize understandable human reactions to life’s stressors is a very dangerous trend, which could result in the indiscriminate use of medication and the discounting of such factors as poverty, unemployment and trauma.”
NCMHR holds that psychiatric labeling is a pseudoscientific practice of limited value in helping people recover. Studies have shown that psychiatric diagnosis and labeling can result in increased stigma and discrimination in employment, housing, and community relationships.
NCMHR believes that psychiatric labels obscure the socioeconomic and political roots of much of human suffering, and discount the lived experience of people struggling to cope with the effects of trauma in their lives.
“Mental health services should move away from a bio-psychiatric approach, such as the one enshrined in the DSM, to one that is trauma-informed, recovery-oriented, and led by people with the lived experience of mental health recovery,” said NCMHR director Lauren Spiro. “We need to better understand the oppressive dynamics embedded in our culture that bring about great emotional distress, and dispense more compassion and fewer labels.”
Contacts: info@ncmhr.org; Lauren Spiro,             877-246-9058
National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
1101 15th Street, NW #1212, Washington, DC 20005
Tel:              877-246-9058       Email: info@ncmhr.org


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