My current favorite quote:
"I don't believe in 'mental illness'. My thoughts, moods, feelings and emotions are not a disease, disorder or an illness. They are me. They are the essence of my being and what makes me a unique human being."
"If you have 100 people in a state hospital and find a way to get 50 of them out, I will celebrate with you for the release of the 50. But, the next day I will knock on your door asking about the difference between number 50 and number 51 and wondering why we couldn't get just one more out. And, I will keep knocking until 99 are out because I'll still be concerned about number 100. That's my job, my role as an advocate."
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of the Consumer/Survivor/Ex-Patient/Ex-Inmate Movement
and, at 635 pages, I recommend downloading it if you need to use it. Download MS Word.doc version here or Adobe.pdf version here. One advantage to downloading it is it's easy to search the document and find specific items. Also, note that I update this document a couple times a year so it's constantly growing and if you're doing something official, you'll want to check to see if you've got the latest, greatest version.
Whether it's called 'Peer Support' or
'Consumer-Operated Services' or 'Consumer Providers' or 'Peer Providers', it's
all about someone with lived experience helping another person get through
difficulties by providing non-judgmental understanding and support. This
requires that the helper have some skill and expertise and even some training
to overcome their own issues in order to better help others. This section talks
about how to help others.
Here's where you'll find the best of the rest.
There are email lists to which you can belong to keep informed. There's
also a brief list of web links that will provide you with the resources
you need to be a well connected activist/advocate.
Amicus Brief by the Association of American
Physicians & Surgeons stating that: "A civilized State does not
forcibly drug its citizens, no matter how offensive. State use of the medical
profession to force such drugs on its patients is improper and vulnerable to
abuse. A precedent allowing forced drugging with mind-altering drugs could
lead, one day, to atrocities analogous to those prohibited by the Nuremberg
Code." Trials of War Criminals before the Nuremberg Military Tribunals
under Control Council Law No. 10, Nuremberg, October 1946-April 1949
(Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O, 1949-1953) ("The voluntary consent of the
human subject is absolutely essential.") (emphasis added).
Family members and others are entitled to support for the hardships they endure. However, when they step into the political arena and claim to be the "Nation's Voice on Mental Illness" then they are stepping on my voice and the voices of my peers. We are entitled to our own voice! Adults don't need "mommy and daddy" to speak on their behalf. Adults need to speak for themselves! That is a fundamental right!
I always wonder why "consumers/survivors would want to join NAMI. The answer is invariably that NAMI has power and clout and is the only support around. My response is that we need to develop our own supports and our own power and clout. To be forever sheltered under the wing of parents, family, friends, the system is an oppression from which we must free ourselves. That is a vital part of our "recovery" process. We have to grow up to be free and recover.
Also included are: Lies, Lies and More Lies
Lies by TAC (Treatment Advocacy Center)
Lies by E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.
Lies by D. J. Jaffe
To E-mail Pat send to patrickrisser *at* gmail *dot* com
Note there isn't a link to my email address. With no link, the spam bots that search the web are less likely to fill my e-mail with their garbage.
LAST UPDATED March 2013