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An award for mental health activism

December 8th, 2011 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on An award for mental health activism)

Ruth Ruth Stackhouse, a Mad Pride pioneer, is recognized by the City of Toronto for her outstanding work

Ruth Ruth Stackhouse is a proud member of the psychiatric survivor community and a long-standing social and health activist. Her extensive community work includes organizing Mad Pride, establishing The Friendly Spike Theatre Band, working with anti-violence education, and academic research work on a project about the exploitation of mental hospital patient labour called Out From Under. (more…)

A patient-built wall in Toronto stands as a monument and an emotional manuscript, and stars in a play

In 1860, patients at an Ontario psychiatric hospital helped to build a brick wall that would conceal them and their lives from the surrounding world for more than one hundred years. The wall still exists as both a monument and emotional manuscript to the lives lived at what then was called an ‘asylum’. This week, during Toronto Mad Pride, The Friendly Spike Theatre Band performs “The Walls are Alive” at the outdoor site of the patient-built wall. (more…)

Stigma awareness, art to travel

June 9th, 2011 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Stigma awareness, art to travel)

Nanaimo artist and activist Wallace Malay will present about art, mental illness, and stigma at New York conference

A conference for organizing resistance against psychiatry will be held June 20-21, 2011 at the City University of New York. PsychOUT provides a forum for psychiatric survivors, mad people, activists, radical professionals, artists, scholars and students from around the world to share experiences of organizing against psychiatry. Collective resistance against the theories and interventions of institutional psychiatry has intensified over recent years. (more…)

‘One in Five’ set to raise awareness

October 14th, 2010 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on ‘One in Five’ set to raise awareness)

Victoria art exhibition to include Parksville and Nanaimo artists inspired by struggles, recovery

A juried art exhibition called One in Five opens friday October 15th in Victoria. It features works by a diverse group of artists from Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria, and elsewhere. With them comes the spirit of their creativity, which will be seen in the form of photography, found object sculpture, painting, drawing and digital media.

The exhibition is called “One in Five” because 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental health problems in their lifetime. The ten artists in the exhibition have all at some point in their lives experienced mental health issues. The exhibition is considered an opportunity to open up discussion, raise awareness, and help others learn more about mental health. (more…)

On the psychiatric experience

September 30th, 2010 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on On the psychiatric experience)

A roundtable discussion with three people who have experienced the system, first-hand

Anti-psychiatry and mad pride movements have been questioning and assessing the role of psychiatry in health care and society—from the “patient’s” perspective—for decades now, but recent concerns about what appears to be a resurgence in the use of electroconvulsive therapy and questions about the growing use of psychiatric medications has added impetus to the debate. (more…)

Survivor advocates for ‘mad studies’

September 9th, 2010 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Survivor advocates for ‘mad studies’)

Phebe Wolframe’s research into connections among madness, gender, and academia

PhebeAnn Wolframe is a proud psychiatric survivor and an advocate for mad studies who is currently completing a PhD degree in English and Cultural Studies. Phebe also presented at the PsychOUT Conference in Toronto last May. Her presentation was titled The Madwoman in the Academy: Making Space for The Mad Movement in Feminist Scholarship and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Phebe points out that the second-wave feminist movement and the mad movements, though sharing many points of intersection, have not managed to work effectively in tandem. (more…)