Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health explores 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, featuring survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists.

Hosted by Will Hall, Madness Radio launched in 2005 on Valley Free Radio and aired more than 150 shows since then. We're heard on KBOO in Oregon (on pause at the moment!), have been syndicated on other stations through Pacifica, and currenrly podcasting on Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes and Google Play. Check our About page.

Madness Radio Producer is Jenka Soderberg. Thanks to past Producers Nina Packebush, Leah Harris and Jeremy Lanzman.

Madness Radio is now an affiliate of Mad In America Radio!
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Survivor Songwriter Vara Adams

First Aired 01-30-2008 | No Comments Yet | Add comment
Vara Adams

Vara Adams survived forced hospitalization, drugging, and multiple electroshocks as a teen in Melbourne Australia. She went on to become a heavy metal-influenced songwriter about her experiences as part of the healing process. Show includes several of Vara’s songs.

Rights Organizing: Celia Brown

First Aired 01-23-2008 | No Comments Yet | Add comment
Celia Brown

Psychiatric abuse survivor and human rights activist Celia Brown discusses working for change in the mental health system, including her ownn experiences and creating “supported decision-making” for people in distress.

Celia is President of Mindfreedom International and a board member of the National Association of Rights Advocacy and Protection.

Sexual Abuse: Searching for Angela Shelton

First Aired 12-26-2007 | 2 comments | Add comment
Angela Shelton

Angela Shelton is an award-winning Hollywood actress and filmmaker, who traveled across the US meeting other women named Angela Shelton and discovering how widespread sexual abuse is in our society. She discusses her film Searching for Angela Shelton and her work helping people heal from trauma.

Colonialism and Native Mental Health: Stella Montour

First Aired 12-19-2007 | 3 comments | Add comment
Stella Montour

First Nations Ojibway activist and psychiatric abuse survivor Stella Montour of Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada talks about colonialism and racism against native people, how they affect mental health, and her work for change.

Our Crazy Economy: Catherine Austin Fitts

First Aired 12-12-2007 | No Comments Yet | Add comment
Catherine Austin Fitts

A money insider’s view of how crazy and corrupt our US-led world economic system really is, including drug money, mlitary spending, and the housing crisis.

Catherine Austin Fitts was Assistant Secretary of Housing – Federal Housing Commissioner under President Bush senior, Managing Director, Dillon Read & Co. Inc., and founder of Hamilton Securities investment bank. She has designed and closed over $25 billion of transactions and investments to-date and has led portfolio strategy for $300 billion of financial assets and liabilities.

Psychiatric Abuse: Activist Angela Bischoff and Shock Survivor Wayne Lax

First Aired 12-05-2007 | 1 comment | Add comment
Angela Bischoff

Two interviews on psychiatric abuse: Angela Bischoff’s husband Tooker Gomberg died in a suicide after taking anti-depressants; both were prominent Toronto environmental and peace activists. Wayne Lax survived 80 shock treatments and multiple hospitalizations over thirty years.

Today both Angela and Wayne are waging campaigns to reform the mental health system.

Portland Police Training w/ Julie Diamond

First Aired 11-28-2007 | 3 comments | Add comment
Julie Diamond

After James Chasse, a man with a schizophrenia diagnosis, was killed by Portland police in 2006, reforms included improved police training. Julie Diamond discusses efforts to help teach police better de-escalation and conflict resolution techniques as an alternative to force and violence.

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America’s Depression Epidemic: Bruce Levine

First Aired 11-21-2007 | No Comments Yet | Add comment
Levine: Surviving America's Depression Epidemic

Clinical psychologist Bruce Levine discusses his new book Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy, an insightful exploration of the social and political causes of depression and how to heal by rebuilding communities.

Human Rights in Argentina with Mental Disability Rights International

First Aired 11-14-2007 | No Comments Yet | Add comment
Mental Disability Rights International

Latin America Program Director Alison Hillman of Mental Disability Rights International talks with Will Hall in Buenos Aires Argentina about the campaign to reform the country’s brutally abusive mental health system, and the work she and Will have been doing with the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales to support the emergence of the user/survivor movement.

Virginia Tech Icarus Project Dialog

First Aired 10-31-2007 | No Comments Yet | Add comment
VA Tech

Icarus Project organizers Madigan Shive, Molly Sprengelmeyer, Will Hall, Neil Gong, and Sascha DuBrul visit Virginia Tech, site of the violent tragedy, and discuss campus mental health issues with students.

Youth Suicide with Leah Harris

First Aired 10-24-2007 | 3 comments | Add comment
Leah Harris

Psychiatric survivor and leading advocate Leah Harris reads her powerful poem “I Was a Teenage Mental Patient” and discusses how communities can work to prevent suicide by looking beyong mainstream approaches and rethinking our alienating school system.

Men and Trauma with Oryx Cohen

First Aired 10-07-2007 | No Comments Yet | Add comment
Oryx Cohen

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.

Jamaican Dub Music and Recovery: John Rice

First Aired 09-19-2007 | No Comments Yet | Add comment
DJ John Rice

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.

What Is Psychosis? Matthew Morsey

First Aired 09-19-2007 | 1 comment | Add comment
Matt Morrissey

Psychotherapist and MindFreedom activist Matthew Morsey 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.”

Patricia Deegan: Personal Medicine

First Aired 09-12-2007 | 1 comment | Add comment
Patricia Deegan

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.


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