Madness and Disability Rights: A Community Forum on Mental Health
Sunday, March 9th, 7-9pm
Process Work Institute – 2049 NW Hoyt St., Portland Oregon
Free and Open to the Public, Wheelchair Accessible; please avoid scented body products; call with other access needs
Extreme states of madness usually get labeled psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar, and treated with medications. What are different ways of understanding these experiences, and what are other options for helping people? What lessons can we learn from care in different countries?
Come discuss a disability rights view on madness and extreme states of consciousness. This perspective respects individual choice to take or not take medication, welcomes a diversity of treatment possibilities, and is open to different interpretations of the mysterious experiences we call “crazy.” We will also look at the economic and political forces influencing mental health.
Diagnosed with schizophrenia, presenter Will Hall (pictured) is co-founder of Freedom Center, an award-winning peer-run support and advocacy community in Massachusetts. He is also on the collective of The Icarus Project, exploring art, creativity, spirituality, and political activism as alternatives to mainstream mental health care. Will has traveled internationally in his work, including recent visits to Toronto Canada and Buenos Aires Argentina.