A catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care, scientific research
Welcome to Mad in Canada!
Mad in Canada is one of a growing group of Mad in America’s Mad in the World Network.
We believe the current paradigm of mental health care has failed our society and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change.
Mad in Canada is dedicated to providing a forum for progressive writing which reconsiders the public discourse on mental health in Canada.
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Feb 12. Advance Choice Documents Empower Mental Healthcare Consumers
“Advance choice documents are especially effective in reducing the significantly higher detention rates for black people with mental illnesses […] [they] can also speed up and improve recovery, and reduce the time spent in hospital […] Advance choice documents are similar to those used in palliative care. Patients work with a healthcare professional when they are well to outline the signs that they are experiencing a manic or psychotic episode, effective treatments, and their personal preferences […] Dr Tania Gergel, a researcher at UCL who is leading on the Advance Choice project, said this would represent a move away from the “paternalistic” model of psychiatry, reflecting that “people have a very good understanding of their illness”. Read more here
Feb 12. WHO Drops Coercive Psychiatry
Hidden in joint guidelines issued by the WHO together with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, coercive psychiatry is being dropped. This is evident from the fact that all states are called upon to abolish the psychiatric penal system and its forecourt, the assessment of incapacity. Read pp. 111 & 116 here and also read this for context
Feb 8. Mobile Drug Unit Fights Opioid Crisis In Cherokee Nation
Led by Native people, an Oklahoma program provides life-saving supplies and addiction care to remote tribal areas. Read more here
Feb 7. New York Mental Hygiene Program Fails Audit
The city has poured funding into a program to aid severely mentally ill people while doing little to ensure it was getting results, an audit shows […] And it showed that the city agency overseeing the program, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, had not set clear standards to measure its effectiveness despite spending more than $37 million on the initiative last year alone. Read more here.
Feb 6. Reaching Success and Connection Webinar
[On Wed, Feb 21 at 2 – 3:30 ET] This training is designed to share practical strategies and perspectives to support a Peer Specialist to establish healthy boundaries, strengthen their soft skills, and identify proactive ways to engage with co-workers who don’t identify as people in recovery, as well as interact with peer staff that have different perspectives and opinions than oneself. Read more here and register here
Jan 26. Health & Public Interest Seminar
MindFreedom International will continue to host it’s monthly “Judi’s Room” in conjunction with partnering disability rights organization, “I Love You, Lead On.” […] The first scheduled Judi’s Room of 2024, put together by a small team of dedicated volunteers, will feature Lance Hicks and Amanda Hill. Read more here and register here
Jan 25. Cost-Effective Solution to The Disabled Question
Bristol council is proposing a “cost-effective” solution: if a disabled person’s in-home care is not considered “best value”, they could be told to live in a care home instead. It is the stuff of a domestic horror movie: a bureaucrat deems your life too expensive, and you’re forced to pack your bags and spend the rest of your days in an institution. Read more here
Mad in America – Mad in America’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care in the United States (and abroad).
The Council for Evidence-Based Psychiatry – CEP exists to communicate evidence of the potentially harmful effects of psychiatric drugs to the people and institutions in the UK that can make a difference.
A Disorder 4 Everyone – Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis – creating change. Provides events, blogs and other resources.
Drop the Disorder (Facebook) – a group for anyone who is interested in challenging traditional approaches to emotional distress.
Intervoice – The International Hearing Voices Network and HVN Canada & Quebec – If you hear voices, HVN can help and is committed to helping people who hear voices. HVN offers information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.
International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (UK) – ISPS UK is the United Kingdom network of the International organisation ISPS – International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis. ISPS works to promote greater knowledge of the different psychological approaches to psychosis and psychotic experiences – psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, arts-based, family and holistic approaches – and their better integration with each other and with pharmaceutical approaches.
The Inner Compass Initiative and Withdrawal Project – provides information, resources, tools, and connecting platforms to facilitate more informed choices regarding all things “mental health”.
International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal – Supports the process of reducing and withdrawing from psychiatric drugs through practice, research and training.
MindFreedom International – A not-for-profit human rights organization that unites sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with individual members.
The Power Threat Meaning Framework – Towards the identification of patterns in emotional distress, unusual experiences and troubled or troubling behaviour, as an alternative to functional psychiatric diagnosis.
A free-to-use guide to the healing of psychological trauma is available. It comprises information, approaches to healing and resources together with links to selected clinicians, organisations, projects and support groups. Download the pdf here: Healing Psychological Trauma