Library – Activist

Library – Activist


Peter Beresford

Judi Chamberlin

Bhargavi Davar

Richard Eckersley

Richard Eckersley’s work straddles (quite brilliantly) both academic and activism writings. See his entry in Library – Academic.

Jim Goldstein

Gabor Gombos

Will Hall

Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs and Withdrawal

Daniel Hazen

Peter Lehmann

Paul Mayfield – Soul Cry

Shery Mead and Chris Hansen

Tina Minkowitz

Mary O’Hagan

– Stopover on my Way Home from Mar

Jasna Russo

Clare and Terri Shaw (Harm-ed)

Sweeney et al … This is Survivor Research

Jan Wallcraft

Ethan Watters – Crazy Like Us

Robert Whitaker

Websites – organisations, online journals/references/resources






Intentional Peer Support

Mad In America

Madness Radio

Madness Radio: Voices and Visions From Outside Mental Health is a regular FM show produced in Portland, Oregon (US). Madness Radio is syndicated through the Pacifica community radio network and shows are picked up by stations around the country and internationally. The show is also vailable online and through iTunes. Hour long shows are produced monthly, with a special 30-minute version also available.

Click here to listen to the interview with me from January 2011.

Maytree Foundation

Maytree offers a short stay in a safe residential setting where you can talk, reflect and rest – and restore hope. Maytree is a place where you will be heard, respected and accepted, without judgement and in confidence.


National Empowerment Center


Talking About Suicide – Cara Ann

This blog came about because I have a theory, and I’d like to know if the thinking is right or wrong.

I worry that some people, young and old, are going into suicide attempts with serious misconceptions. Maybe they’ve been influenced by romanticized images in films, books or elsewhere and assume that killing themselves will be easy. As if a collection of random pills will do it, and they’ll drift away. (Emma in “Madame Bovary:” “I shall fall asleep and all will be over.”) Or they assume that harsher methods _ a gunshot, a jump _ are so violent that they’re foolproof.

Nothing is foolproof. I now know people who have shot themselves and survived. The New Yorker wrote about people who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived. I know people who have taken pills, attacked themselves with knives and razors. The media have reported on people who jump from high buildings and live.

I think that the more that people know about the risks, the less they’ll look to suicide, especially in impulsive moments. And the more openly we talk about suicide overall, the less people will find themselves isolated and desperate and trying to “fix” everything themselves based on information from who knows where. (So much is anonymous online.)

Voices of the Heart