Posted on November 1st, 2023
We’ve heard the statement “Nothing about us without us!” but do you know the many activists’ stories behind it? Author Phyllis Vine will discuss the sweeping history of activist movements in grossly underserved and misunderstood mental health communities. Hear stories of former psychiatric patients, families, and courageous activists within government and psychiatry who rebelled against inhumane and outdated treatments and policies and created the path that we are on today. Since the middle of the last century, people with a lived experience have upended conventional beliefs that deterioration was inevitable. With an abiding pursuit of choice, opposed to the use of force, and a movement was built with innovative service options. Focused on person-centered needs, the development of skills with respect for strengths, the work was situated within broad-based fights for equity and social justice.