A fund ready for donors. The AACP Fund was established by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists “to encourage, equip and empower community and public psychiatrists to develop and implement policies and high-quality practices that promote individual, family and community resilience and recovery.”Read More
A fund ready for donors. The Dorothea Dix Think Tank was created by Dr. Dean Brooks to decriminalize mental illness. Dr. Brooks, former superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital best known for his role in the film, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, assembled a panel of experts in mental health and the law to discuss and recommend solutions for what has become a national scandal.Read More
A fund ready for donors. An International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry effort with the goal of identifying, studying and promoting safe, humane approaches to helping those with mental disorders. Examples of such approaches are psychotherapy, residences based on the Soteria model, non-drug help for persons in early psychosis, peer support and other recovery-based approaches.Read More
AWARD-WINNING SOCIAL ACTION DOCUMENTARY “HEALING VOICES” WILL BE RELEASED ON HOME VIDEO MAY 2, 2017
Produced, Written and Directed by PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film, HEALING VOICES explores the experience commonly labeled as ‘psychosis’ through the stories of real-life individuals, and features interviews with notable international experts including Robert Whitaker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Celia Brown, Will Hall, Dr. Marius Romme, and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the ‘medical model’ of mental health treatment.
The documentary was released in more than 130 communities internationally in the spring of 2016 via world premiere screenings and community dialogues produced by local partners. This event marked the beginning of a unique vision for the film’s theatrical release – a progression of grassroots and major-market screenings, built off a global launch which demonstrated to partners, and audiences, a specific intention for how the film should be used: as an opportunity for communities to come together and explore the multi-layered social issue of “mental health.” Since then, screenings have continued in earnest, and these events have done more than raise public awareness. They have mobilized the creation of peer support groups, student groups, hearing voices groups, and more, as well as follow up events to continue the conversation.
HEALING VOICES will be released on home video via direct distribution on May 2, 2017, marked by a new global screening event entitled “Recovering Community”. This event intends to expand the scope of community dialogues from “mental health” to a broader, public health focus, by bringing together demographics including addiction recovery, disability, holistic health, LGBTQ2SI, social justice, spiritual communities, and more, to explore the intersection of these issues in society.
“We used the grass roots release to demonstrate how we think the movie should be used,” said writer/director Moynihan. “These screenings are an opportunity for a critical dialogue. We are promoting the message that people can and do recover from even the most severe mental health issues, and unfortunately that’s not the message that people are being given by their doctors, or by society in general.”
HEALING VOICES made its world premiere at the 14th annual Boston International Film Festival and won an “Indie Spec” award for documentary. To pre-oder the film or for information about how to bring HEALING VOICES to your community, please visit www.HealingVoicesMovie.com
Media contact: PJ Moynihan | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | P: 413-265-9833Read More
A fund ready for donors. Supporting professional study groups by underwriting the distribution of Robert Whitaker’s groundbreaking book, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in AmericaRead More
The second Excellence symposium (Chapel Hill, NC). This meeting resulted in the presentations and journal article listed here: EASA, Open Dialogue, OASIS, Dr. Mark Foster’s dinner speech and Identifying Priorities for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for Serious Mental Illness.
The first Excellence symposium (Portland, OR). An international gathering of mental health treatment professionals came together in response to Robert Whitaker’s shocking assessment of pharmaceutical research on psychotropic drugs in his book, Anatomy of an Epidemic. We created discussion papers along four tracks: public policy, medication optimization, schizophrenia treatment, and depression treatment. The work group created the following discussion papers: Effective Strategies for Positive Long-Term Outcomes in Depression, Protocol for Antidepressant Use and The Evidence Base for Antidepressants.
Co-sponsorship of the Children’s Mental Health Summit, September 2012. A national gathering in Syracuse, New York, resulting in 75 presentations. Co-sponsors included It’s About Childhood and Family, Inc., The Gifford Foundation, Contact Community Services, Inc. and The David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics at Syracuse University. Visit the Library for access to 70 papers presented at the Conference.
A fully funded project, ongoing collection of experiences. An online collection of stories from people around the world who have experienced and overcome mental health challenges. Video and written testimonials to the uniqueness and creativity of every road to recovery. Visit Shared Stories and igotbetter.org for more information.
A fully funded project, films available for purchase. Filmmaker Daniel Mackler has completed the translation of his three documentaries, Take These Broken Wings, Healing Homes and Open Dialogue into twenty languages. The films tell of three approaches to mental health recovery that use neuroleptic drugs as sparingly as possible. Before this work, many of the languages represented here had little or nothing available on this subject. See trailers and access purchase links.Read More