MFI News: Event calendar to change mental health system internationally

MindFreedom International News – 11 February 2008 – please forward

A Few 2008 Events About Changing the Mental Health System

Below calendar of events in USA, Canada & UK may be of interest to
those who care about human rights and alternatives in the mental
health system.

[Some but not all events are organized by MindFreedom or sponsor
groups. Listing is not necessarily endorsement. The organizers are
solely responsible for their content. Date listed is start date. This
listing is not meant to be comprehensive. If your event is not yet
listed you may submit e-mail to]

For more info and links for below events go to:



Forming a New State-Wide Coalition in Oregon of Mental Health
Consumers and Psychiatric Survivors

A free panel and public forum about how mental health consumer/
psychiatric survivor groups can work together in Oregon and
throughout the USA. MindFreedom Oregon is providing technical

15 February 2008



Are We Mad? Critical Perspectives on the Canadian Mental Health System

Keynote speakers include authors Bob Whitaker and Don Weitz.

1 March 2008



Recovery from Psychosis: Healing through Relationship

Ron Bassman, PhD author of “A Fight to Be: A Psychologist’s
Experience from Both Sides of the Locked Door” will keynote.

14 March 2008



Opal Network Meeting

All agencies, groups and individuals in Lane County supporting the
voice of mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors are
encouraged to gather approximately quarterly (“fifth Tuesday”) for
this coalition meeting. MindFreedom Lane County is a sponsor group.

29 April 2008



International Conference on Self-Determination

27 May 2008



BonkersFest 2008

‘De-normalisation: The next civil rights movement?’

BonkersFest is one of the anchor events in Mad Pride 2008 activities
promoted by MindFreedom International.

7 June 2008



Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice: A Human Rights Conference

MindFreedom International is working with the organizers of this event.

12 June 2008

NOTE: Deadline for papers and panel submissions is this Friday, 15
February 2008.



Mad HeARTS Festival: Working Towards Healing and Change Through Art

The organizers, Altered States of the Arts, is a MindFreedom
International Sponsor Group.

17 July 2008



Asylum! Conference and Festival

From the organizers, who are supporters of MindFreedom: “The
conference will bring together organisations, activists, campaigners
and academics working for radical challenge and change in mental
health. It will showcase critical work on psychiatry and psychology
(‘Big Psy’) and the pharmaceutical industry (‘Big Pharma’), and
alternatives to diagnostic medical labels like ‘schizophrenia’ and

10 September 2008



Alternatives 2008

Since the 1980’s, the US federal government helps fund this large
conference of several hundred mental health consumers and psychiatric
survivors. While MindFreedom is not organizing this event, a number
of members are active in this each year.

29 October 2008


Volunteer? If you plan to attend any event above and would like to
staff a MindFreedom exhibit table please contact


For descriptions and links for above events go to:

Upcoming events can also always be found in lower left hand corner of
MindFreedom home page at:

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