People First Media program archive

A study in sense-making

June 17th, 2010 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on A study in sense-making)

picture 212banner pfrLooking at obsessive compulsive disorder: From arbitrariness of diagnosis to roles of recovering patient, the use of creative nonfiction in research


A public challenge to institutional psychiatry

May 13th, 2010 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on A public challenge to institutional psychiatry)

An international movement comes together for a meeting in Toronto, and raises establishment hackles

On May 7 and 8, 2010 over two hundred people gathered in Toronto for a conference focused on organizing resistance against psychiatry. PsychOUT’s stated purpose was to “provide a forum for psychiatric survivors, mad people, activists, scholars, students, radical professionals, and artists from around the world to come together and share experiences of organizing against psychiatry.”

People belonging to marginalized groups who are at greater risk of psychiatrization, such as women, radicalized people, queers, trans people, people with disabilities and homeless people and others living in poverty, were active participants. (more…)

‘Bipolar Babe’ brings anti-stigma message

September 17th, 2009 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on ‘Bipolar Babe’ brings anti-stigma message)

Andrea Paquette’s personal awareness campaign might just go viral

picture 129A self-described former ‘bad-ass’, Andrea Paquette only discovered at age 26 that she had bipolar disorder, a diagnosis that helped her understand much of what had been happening over her life. One of Andrea’s current missions is to reach out to others with mental illness—young people and students in particular—and work to end stigma. She’s a firm believer in leading a balanced life. [Source:]

Andrea’s website, Bipolar Babe, is an online portal for connection, education, awareness-raising, and myth-busting. And, it just might make a big difference. (more…)

Pride and peril

July 9th, 2009 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Pride and peril)

Navigating the space between brilliance and madness

picture 107Will Hall is a 43-year-old man who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Doctors have prescribed medication for him. “But Hall would rather value his mentally extreme states than try to suppress them, so he doesn’t take his meds. Instead, he practices yoga and avoids coffee and sugar.” Will is also a member of The Icarus Project—an Icarista—and is involved in Mad Pride activities.* He’s also hosted Madness Radio for three years. [*Source: Newsweek, “Listening to madness”]. (more…)

A look at Mad Pride, in four interviews

May 28th, 2009 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on A look at Mad Pride, in four interviews)

Artist and author Leef Evans: “I have to tell people”

picture 090Leef Evans, an author and artist, experienced a severe bout of depression six years ago that resulted in hospitalization and the loss of apartment, car, and virtually all connection with family and friends.

While living on Vancouver’s downtown eastside, Lee participated in an art program at Coast Mental Health Resource Centre and he is now a part of the Gallery Gachet collective.

He recently told Westender magazine that he has been forced, through his painting, to deal with his lifelong struggle with depression. (more…)