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Coalition Building 101 for Mental Health Consumers and Psychiatric Survivors: Finding Common Ground with Each Other and Allies Thank you Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center 30 September 2011. By Nancy Snider & David Oaks. Psychiatric survivor Executive Director:

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by nancy snider david oaks
Coalition Building 101

for Mental Health Consumers

and Psychiatric Survivors:

Finding Common Ground

with Each Other and Allies

Thank you Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center

30 September 2011

By Nancy Snider & David Oaks
presentation by david w oaks

Psychiatric survivor

Executive Director:

MindFreedom International

www.MindFreedom.org

Board member:

Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition

United States International Council on Disability

Presentation by David W. Oaks
build your coalitions
Draw on the Strengths of

Our ALLIES

And EACH OTHER

to

Empower Mental Health Consumers and Psychiatric Survivors

Build your coalitions!
takes all types

Coalitions types are diverse, like YOU!

• Local, state, national, international?

• Informal and short term? Ad hoc network?

• Formal, with incorporation, dues?

• Bottom line: "Group of groups"

Takes all types!
opal whiteley
Informal Local Coalition in our Lane County in Oregon:

What is the Opal Network?

And who was Opal Whiteley anyway?

Opal Whiteley
oregon s story
A state-wide story:

Amplifying the voice of

Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition

(OCSC)

Oregon's Story
consumer survivors united
An informal coalition in a “nutshell”:
  • What's story of the psychiatric survivor AND mental health consumer movement?
Consumer/Survivors United
ocsc represents oregon in ncmhr
Formal coalition:

National

Coalition for

Mental Health

Recovery

OCSC represents Oregon in NCMHR
slide11

http://www.mindfreedom.org

MindFreedom International is a coalition celebrating our 25th year for human rights and humane alternatives.

Independent. United. Activism.

slide12

The United States International Council on Disabilities is a federation of US-based non-governmental organizations, federal agencies and individuals committed to advocacy and action on behalf of the global disability rights agenda.

USIC Board President

Marca Bristo

USICD: Council as type of “coalition”

rev martin luther king jr

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

It may well be that our world is in dire need of a new organization: "The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment."

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
global emergency
Survivor of

Electroshock

In Accra

Psychiatric

Institution

In Ghana

Global Emergency
piers gooding melbourne australia
Graduate students.

This intern started MindFreedom Academic Alliance

Piers Gooding (Melbourne Australia)
geoffrey reaume phd
Historians

This is an activist and one of the founders of Psychiatric Survivor Archives of Toronto

Geoffrey Reaume, PhD
al galves phd of new mexico
Psychologist.

New director of International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry (ISEPP).

Board member MFI.

Al Galves, PhD, of New Mexico
olmstead victory
Advocates & Consumers!

Olmstead v. L.C.

1999 US Supreme Court

  • Sue Jamieson (attorney)
  • Elaine Wilson (middle)
  • Lois Curtis (right)
Olmstead victory
ncd executive summary
National Council on Disability “blueprint” in 2000:
  • Mental health systems need to be voluntary
  • Give rights to those with psychiatric labels
  • Treatment should = healing, not punishment
  • Make consumer/survivor-driven alternatives to traditional mental health systems a priority
NCD Executive Summary
coalitions in united nations
Rights?

What rights?

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - 2006

Coalitions in United Nations
unite to win
A Few MindFreedom Campaigns:

Shield: Alerts and Our Own Media

Global: UN, Handbook and Training

Choice: Alternatives for Mental Health

Mad Pride: Celebrate Our Diversity

Coalition: Affiliates and Sponsors

Electroshock & Human Rights Initiative

Unite to Win
what will be your origin story
Easy Local Coalition-Building Activities:
  • Meet with a decision-maker
  • Panels or speaker
  • Brainstorm and speak out
  • Show a relevant video
  • Informal "meet up"
What will be your origin story?
an ocsc building goal
Far, far more Mental Health

Peer Delivered Services

in mental health!

An OCSC-building goal!
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Nothing About Us Without Us!

Common core concern

choice in mental health
Respecting individual choice on medication
  • Finding more alternatives
  • Employment issues
  • Housing problems
Choice in Mental Health
what can you do
What is one

specific step

you can take toward coalition building in the next few days or weeks?

What Can You Do?
to reach some of the resources mentioned

Email:

Presenter David Oaks: oaks@mindfreedom.org

OCSC at: oregon.united@gmail.com

Google:

Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition

MindFreedom International

Project Able

National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery

USICD

Thank you: Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center

To reach some of the resources mentioned...