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Post SSRI Sexual Dysfunction: Providing Ethical & Trauma-Informed Care

Post SSRI Sexual Dysfunction is an highly stigmatized, understudied, and underreported sexual health condition. About this event 630pm - 830pm, Tuesday, June 28, 2022 (Pacific) Online presentation/workshop,...

NEW VIDEO: Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome & its Management

The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal has released a new video: 'Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome & its Management" From the IIPDW: Stevie Lewis is a campaigner and...

“Open Season on Mental Patients”: A reading with Irit Shimrat

Jim Gottstein, JD, is a lawyer, author of The Zyprexa Papers, and a Mad in America contributor. At the 2014 NARPA Conference, Jim attended Irit...

Evidence of change?

Working outside the dominant biomedical narrative can feel perilous and sometimes even risky. Taking a critical perspective of psychiatry (mental health care more broadly),...

Serenity

In the midst of a calm night, I inhale on my cigarette and gently let the smoke pour from my lips. The moon is clear...

Review of the Conference on Withdrawal and Side Effects: IIPDW

The online conference Withdrawal From Psychiatric Drugs was held on Friday May 6th and 7th. An extremely important topic for us at Mad in...

What is “Psychosis”?

There are different hypotheses about what psychosis is.  One hypothesis that has been repeatedly disproven is that of the medical model belief that psychosis...

New NICE Guidelines for ECT Are Dangerously Inadequate, Say 50 Patients and Professionals

While there has been little (if any) sign of interest in reviewing ECT practices and guidelines in Canada, a group in the UK has...

WITHDRAWAL FROM PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS – ONLINE CONFERENCE

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th May 2022 You can now book your ticket by visiting the Eventbrite page. Download the flyer to share with friends, family...

Personality disorders? Please, tell us what you really think.

This week on Twitter, there was an uproar in response to a UK Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPUK) advertisement for a course on ‘personality...

Re-Imagining Psychosis with Filmmaker Rebeccah Love

Photo: Rebeccah Love directing her Eve Parade cast and crew. Photo by Ben Dickey. Artist Bio: Rebeccah Love is a Toronto-based filmmaker, writer, visual artist...

Antipsychotics Often Prescribed Without Informed Consent

This article was written by Samantha Lilly and originally published by Mad in America, March 23, 2022 New research reveals that patients are often not...

Voicing the Views of the Psychiatrized for 35 Years!

Our Voice is turning 35! 2022 marks an important milestone in the publishing of resiliency and plight from those of us who are living with...

887 Deaths from Psychoactive Meds Reported to Health Canada in 2021

I guess I started seriously considering the potential of antipsychotics to kill after I lost my friend Cameron. Cameron Fray was a husband, father...

Research Reveals Mental Health Professionals’ Participation in Rape Culture

Standard clinical practices often enforce anti-blackness, rape culture, and sanism, normalizing sexual violence and misogyny. New work from social work professor Merrick Pilling investigates...

The Ethics of Psychiatry

A government cannot legitimately own its citizens' bodies. Yet, under British Columbia’s (BC) Mental Health Act the BC government, not to mention governments around...

Bell Let’s Talk: Are These “New Conversations” Helpful?

January 26th is Bell Let’s Talk Day. From the Bell Let’s Talk website: "In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk began a new conversation about Canada’s...

BC Government’s Quest to Halt Charter Challenge to BC’s Unconstitutional Mental Health Act Continues...

From the Community Legal Assistance Society of BC:  "Today, the government of British Columbia is continuing its five-year campaign to prevent the courts from...

When Tapering Antidepressants, is Going Slow Always the Best Strategy?

I start this blog with an apology. There may be people reading who, like myself, look back with frustration and despair that they cannot...

How are we doing?

We’re 21 months and counting into this global pandemic. And just when we think we’re getting close to the end, this wicked virus dumps...

On “knowing,” activism and writing: Remembering Graeme Bacque

  We owe a debt of gratitude to activists who over the years have written, recorded, created art and cultural work that exemplifies how, when,...

Is psychiatry such a fragile house of cards?

On October 9, 2021 an opinion piece was published in the Globe and Mail entitled ‘Woke’ psychiatrists have lost sight of the biological causes...
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“Detained: Rights of children and youth under the Mental Health Act”

On Jan. 19, 2021, B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth published a scathing report on the rights of children and youth under the Mental...

RIP: Ed White – Advocate, Researcher and Supporter

To read the original of this post click here to go to the Mad in the UK site By James Moore -17/10/2021 It is with great...

World Mental Health Day – Sunday, October 10, 2021

Today - Sunday, October 10th - is World Mental Health Day. According to the World Health Organization, "The overall objective of World Mental Health Day...

Mental Health Advocacy and Activism: Perspectives on Systems and Social Transformation

About this event This is an online event. You can register here. Note: You can register for free with the code "Freebie." Co-sponsored by Mad in America...

“Cured”

Bruce Levine reviews “Cured,” a PBS Independent Lens documentary about gay liberation from psychiatry to be broadcast on October 11, 2021.  Levine writes: "Cured is...

23rd Annual ISEPP Conference October 9-10, 2021

Notice of the 23rd Annual ISEPP Conference "The Destructive Propaganda of the Mental Health Industry: How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going?" on...

“Asylum”

This story, published in Aeon, about a hospital at Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole, in southern France during WWII, has some lessons for us today. According to author...