Film Review: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum

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Set in the time of mass de-institutionalization of psychiatric patients, the Mental Patients Association (MPA) emerged in Vancouver at the start of the 1970s. This 36-minute documentary film, produced in 2013 by History of Madness Productions, captures the MPA experience and its impact through interviews with former members, supplemented with animated illustration and archival footage

On Being a Rad, Mad, Queer Mama, by Nina Packebush

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Being “crazy” makes parenthood a uniquely dangerous thing, add on being queer, or a person of color, or poor, or too young, or in any way marginalized and being a “crazy” parent ups the danger significantly. This pressure, judgment, and extreme scrutiny only piles on more stress which in turn creates greater emotional trauma, which in turn affects our ability to not only function in this world and parent effectively, but it also makes it difficult to safely seek help when we need it. And sometimes we really need it.

A Garden with Forking Paths: pushing back against a new fundamentalism in recovery and radical mental health, by Tim Kelly

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We’ve made a lot of progress over the last decade in the coalition of recovery and radical mental health movements. Now it’s time to work harder to embrace a diversity of experiences and perspectives within our movements. We need to think hard about why certain stories are privileged, and whom we may not be hearing from at all. Those most marginalized at the intersections of extreme distress and disadvantage are the least likely to be heard. When we’re not careful, those of us with more privilege—including by virtue of experiencing less debilitating forms of distress— wind up speaking for folks whose experiences are not much like our own.

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