Freedom Center co-founder Oryx Cohen talks about how men can recover and heal from trauma, and creating a trauma-informed mental health system. Oryx also discusses the creation of the new Recovery Learning Community in Western MA.
Phenix City, Alabama mobile DJ John Rice describes how he spent decades on neuroleptic drugs after being dragged into the psych system in the Deep South, and his discovery of Jamaican dub reggae music as a pathway to recovery and spiritual connection. An amazing interview.
Psychotherapist and MindFreedom activist Matthew Morrissey discusses the deeper meaning of 'psychosis,' his own healing journey, and his past work at a unique center that focused on facilitating recovery from what are classified as
“major mental disorders.” www.morrisseymft.com
Longtime consumer-survivor movement leader and pioneer in recovery education Pat Deegan talks about her story surviving a schizophrenia diagnosis, empowered medication decisions, and her development of innovative assisstive technology. Check out www.patdeegan.com
Psychologist and advocate with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Marijuana Policy project, Mitch Earleywine discusses medical marijuana, dangers and uses, and the relationship between marijuana and psychosis. Check out www.norml.org, the Norml podcast at http:/www.normlaudiostash.com, and the Marijuana Policy Project www.mpp.org.
Danielle, who works with a New York City policy NGO and is part of the activist Rockdove Collective, discusses the international Restorative Justice movement, creating effective mediation and community dialog as alternatives to the punitive prison-industrial complex criminal justice system. Danielle specifically focuses on using Restorative Justice for violent and serious crimes. Check out www.rockdovecollective.org and www.restorativepractices.org.
Self-injury and cutting with Ruta Mazelis, psychiatric abuse survivor and editor for 17+ years of the acclaimed newsletter The Cutting Edge. Cutting, burning, head banging and other self-harm are discussed from the point of view of people doing them -- as coping mechanisms that need compassion and understanding, not the force and judgement of mainstream psychiatry. Check out www.healingselfinjury.org.
Oryx Cohen and Will Hall of the Freedom Center discuss how to reduce and go off psychiatric drugs safely. Oryx is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and Will with schizophrenia, and both are medication-free. They talk about their own experiences as well as general principles and things to keep in mind for anyone working to reduce or go off psychiatric drugs, lessons learned from 5 years of working with the Freedom Center support group and helping people reduce and go off drugs successfully.
Judi Chamberlin is a leading organizer with the psychiatric survivors' movement and one of its earliest initiators. She is author of On Our Own: Patient Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System and staff with the National Empowerment Center. Show is co-hosted by Cheryl Alexander. www.power2u.org.