Support for Alternatives to Psychiatry

Hi everyone! This is my first time posting on here and I'm fairly new to Olympia. I moved here two years ago after living in San Francisco and Portland over the past 8 years.

In Portland I was involved in a group called Rethinking Psychiatry which provided education, community and resources for people seeking alternatives to psychiatry.

I also was the community organizer for the Mental Health Association of Portland and facilitated hearing Voices groups which were forums for people to discuss and depathologize the experience of hearing voices, regardless of diagnosis.

In Olympia I had started some community discussions, film screenings and gatherings around these topics last year when I had first moved here. There was a lot of enthusiasm and interest but some of the co-organizers moved away. I put the project on hold for awhile. 

You can read the blog I wrote about bringing this conversation to Olympia here. It includes a bit more of my story, which you can read more of on my website as well (the one linked).

We screened a few films including one called Coming Off Psych Drugs: A Meeting Of The Minds, which is a documentary. The conversation afterward was passionate and there was clearly interest and need for more.

These discussions, by the way, did and do not exclude or stigmatize people who choose to take psychiatric drugs for any reason. They are more about informed consent and options, as well as how to create access for those options for more people.

they also exist to validate the very real harm and suffering that many experience from psychiatric drugs and withdrawal.

I've been thinking about creating some classes, events and workshops to share more of the work I've done nationwide and worldwide with the Olympia community.

Stay tuned and I will update this blog more with new ideas.

Thanks for reading!