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A catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care, scientific research
and social justice across Canada. 

Welcome to Mad in Canada!

As the newest of several Mad in America global affiliates, Mad in Canada believes that 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 distress in Canada.

On behalf of everyone at Mad in Canada, we’re pleased to welcome you to our webzine!
Marnie Wedlake & Lucy Costa, Co-editors

Mad in Canada calls on the Prime Minister to stop litigating against First Nations
kids, Implement the Truth and Reconciliation and
the MMIWG calls to justice.


New at Mad in Canada

The WHO Calls for Radical Change in Global Mental Health

During the past decade, the World Health Organization has regularly promoted the goal of improving “global mental health.” While it has often told of the importance of social support and other non-drug alternatives, its...

Wait, What? A Survivor’s Notebook

Diagnosis I’ve got that thing where you ask yourself if you’re to scale in their world, or merely in yours.  Spiders The ward is crawling with spiders. I would never harm them. How could I? Approach a...

A Highly Sensitive Psych “Patient”: A Memoir and Critique of British Columbia’s Mental Health...

Introduction BC has the most conservative and therefore backwards mental health system in Canada. According to the Community Legal Assistance Society or CLAS, “In BC, people with involuntary status under the Mental Health Act have...

Will We Wake for Pity’s Sake

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States. While antidepressants, and other psychotropic, mind altering medications, are designed to decrease symptoms, they often have the opposite effect and are known...


Essays from a diverse selection of writers, which aim to change the professional and public discourse about emotional distress and unusual experiences.

Medical Assistance in Dying for ‘Mental disorders’: Fatally flawed without expertise of service users/survivors

Now that people suffering exclusively from mental distress will be eligible for medical assistance in...

Shamanic Approaches to Dis-Ease: Working with the Whole Person

The shamanic practitioner approaches illness, or “dis-ease” from a spiritual perspective. The focus is not...

The Best (and Worst) That Mood-Tech Can Be

When Ontario was first placed under lockdown in March 2020, I, like many other psych-service...

Why We Need a National Organization

“We become aware of the void as we fill it.” ― Antonio Porchia I have been...


The remains of 215 children were found on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, BC. In the wake of the discovery, and to honour the children, David Monture has written a poem, The Mush Hole Rubric.

In the wake of the discovery of the 215, many are calling for accountability. Listen to an interview on The Current with Matt Galloway.

COVID-19 Resources

We want to hear about non-medical, non-pathologising resources that can help us all survive the COVID-19 crisis. If you’ve got something to share, reach out to us at info@madincanada.org

Other Resources

A list of groups and resources that you may find helpful. Let us know of other resources that we should consider adding. Contact us by email: info@madincanada.org. Thanks!

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