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June 3, 2016 by Oryx Cohen, MPA

Celebrate Mad Pride Month – Host a screening of HEALING VOICES Film

MichiganMarquee2Thanks to 130 screening partners in eight different countries across the world, the HEALING VOICES One Night One Voice grassroots global release was a tremendous success.  Most importantly, this event has educated and energized folks to be the change they want to see so that healing is possible for everyone. We need to capitalize on this energy and keep up the momentum!

We are inviting you to host a screening for July as a part of Mad Pride Month.  You can help people around the world celebrate our “mad diversity” by organizing a town hall style screening in your community!

Check out the HEALING VOICES trailer and more information on screening packages.

Also, you are encouraged to either sell tickets and/or ask for donations to make this a fundraiser for your organization.  If you are interested, please contact me directly at  We need to act fast as July is just around the corner!

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October 6, 2014 by Oryx Cohen, MPA

Wellness Is a Journey

As someone who takes language very seriously, recovery is a bit of an interesting word.  A dictionary definition of recovery suggests that one is recovering back to a previous healthier state of being.  However, many people do not have much to recover back to, as their lives have been filled with mostly horror.  And then there are those of us who don’t believe we are recovering from anything, that our altered states and emotional distress are just a part of being human.

I think when we use the word recovery now we are actually creating our own definition that looks more like a wellness journey.  The great thing about focusing more on wellness is that wellness applies to all human beings.  It is my belief that altered states and emotional distress are human experiences, and we have a lot to learn from them about what it takes to stay well as a society.  The following poem I wrote in response to a person with lived experience who did not believe that “recovery” is real.  I’m happy to say she believes in recovery now.

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