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Voices and Visions from Outside Mental Health


  • Nothing About Us Without Us | Jay Mahler | Madness Radio

    26/05/2021 Duração: 02h06min

    Jay Mahler was one of the originators of the psychiatric survivors movement in the 1960s, joining protests with the Free Speech Movement at the University of California Berkeley- the beginnings of protest against the US war in Vietnam – and then dedicating his life to ending forced treatment and protecting psychiatric patient rights. He was […]

  • Medication Withdrawal | Adele Framer | Madness Radio

    19/04/2021 Duração: 01h15min is one of the leading and longest running communities of mutual and and peer self-help around psychiatric drug withdrawal. Adele Framer – alto strata – founded the site in 2011 and shares her experience and learning on supporting people coming off antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines and other medications, including the emerging field of […]

  • Oddball Magazine w/ Will Hall | Jason Wright | Madness Radio

    23/12/2020 Duração: 01h47min

    In this guest podcast, Jason Wright of Oddball Magazine sits down with Madness Radio host Will Hall, author of the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs, to discuss mental health abolition, harm reduction, democratic socialism, and more in a far ranging conversation. You may have noticed the world is falling apart, time to […]

  • A Little Crazy – Show Me All Your Scars | Susie Meserve | Madness Radio

    31/10/2020 Duração: 21min

    At the Madness Radio book launch a few years ago writer and poet Susie Meserve read her creative nonfiction essay “A Little Crazy,” included in the anthology Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Living With Mental Illness and featuring an intimate (and not entirely flattering) portrait of her boyfriend at the time in […]

  • Pandemic Story Time | The Iceling | Madness Radio

    06/04/2020 Duração: 30min

    You’re shut inside and it’s time for a children’s book! For this episode we’ve selected 1999’s The Iceling by Will Hall.

  • Forensic Mediumship | Jyl Ion | Madness Radio

    30/11/2019 Duração: 01h18min

    Jyl Ion hears voices, but she refuses to view these non-ordinary experiences as a sign of mental illness. Instead Jyl came off toxic medications, talks to her ancestor spirits and considers herself to have access to unsanctioned knowledge. Today Jyl has turned her voice hearing and her traumatic past into gifts, and works professionally as […]

  • Breathwork for Bipolar and Psychosis | Sean Blackwell | Madness Radio

    02/11/2019 Duração: 01h02min

    Do bipolar and psychosis have a healing potential blocked by suppression, medications, and avoidance? What if we could help people safely and intentionally explore, express, and understand these frightening states? Can breathwork ceremonies open the doors of perception like psychedelics — but without the drugs or risks? Are journeys into altered states too dangerous for […]

  • Decolonizing Early Psychosis | Rachel Jane Liebert | Madness Radio

    02/10/2019 Duração: 01h01min

    Do early psychosis programs serve healing – or function as surveillance and control? Are treatments for paranoia actually themselves forms of paranoia, based on scientific racism and white supremacy? By defining and enforcing “normal” does psychiatry wage a war on the imagination? Rachel Jane Liebert is a multi-media artist and Critical Psychology senior lecturer at […]

  • Ayahuasca Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening | Martha Sneyd | Madness Radio

    10/08/2019 Duração: 01h02min

    After taking the psychedelic drug ayahuasca Martha Sneyd went into an extended altered state diagnosed as psychotic. Her terrifying ordeal ignited a spiritual initiation that eventually brought gifts of awakening, insight, and compassion. How did Martha emerge from her ecstatic journey through a mythic, archetypal world to become an advocate and teacher? What lessons can […]

  • Dignity and Humiliation | Evelin Lindner | Madness Radio

    08/08/2019 Duração: 51min

    What is at the root of world violence? How does psychiatry re-create dynamics of humiliation and shame that drive people crazy? Is there a just and equitable way out of the spirals of attack and counterattack tearing humanity apart? Evelin Lindner was nominated 3 times for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work internationally to […]

  • R.D. Laing The Politics of Experience Ch. 1 Audiobook | Madness Radio

    08/08/2019 Duração: 51min

    Audiobook mp3 of Introduction and Chapter 1 “Persons and Experience”, from The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise, by R.D. Laing, read by Will Hall. (Additional chapters also available on youtube and forthcoming.)          

  • Outside Mental Health Preface Audiobook | Will Hall | Madness Radio

    22/04/2019 Duração: 29min

    What does it mean to be called “crazy” in a crazy world? Listen to the free audiobook of the Preface to Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness, written and read by Will Hall. Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. Based on ten years of […]

  • Judaism Madness and Spirit | Caroline Mazel-Carlton | Madness Radio

    27/03/2019 Duração: 56min

    Voice hearers, mystics, visionaries, and mad people are found throughout the scriptures of Judaism. What does Jewish theology have to teach us about madness and psychiatric diagnosis? How can modern Judaism show the way to new responses to extreme and altered states, in our communities and ourselves? Caroline Mazel-Carlton is a survivor of psychiatric crisis […]

  • Soteria Alaska | Connor Tindall | Madness Radio

    09/01/2019 Duração: 01h01min

    What are the key ingredients of alternative mental health programs – and what makes them different and successful? Connor Tindall followed his calling to become a a therapist after confronting mistreatment by a psychotherapist as a teen. He went on to work at the innovative Soteria House Alaska, a hospital alternative where compassionate respect for […]

  • Second Story Hospital Alternative | Adrian Bernard | Madness Radio

    06/12/2018 Duração: 47min

    Can the breakdown of psychosis show the way forward to spiritual breakthrough? Is there a path through the depths of mental health crisis independent of hospitals, doctors, and therapists? Adrian Bernard was labeled a chronic schizophrenic and spent 20 years living on a disability check. After surviving a spiritual ordeal tested by God he is […]

  • Jungian Therapy for Psychosis | George Mecouch | Madness Radio

    04/11/2018 Duração: 59min

    Has modern psychiatry lost its soul? How can dreams, storytelling, and imagination help people in emotional crisis – including psychosis and madness? What lessons can we learn from shamanism, the placebo effect, and the importance of the doctor’s “bedside manner’? George Mecouch MD, psychiatrist, Jungian therapist, and author of While Psychiatry Slept: Reawakening the Imagination […]

  • Compassionate Psychotherapy | Olga Runciman | Madness Radio

    28/09/2018 Duração: 53min

    How is psychotherapy different when the therapist is also a survivor? What vital lessons must therapists learn from people who have experienced psychosis? If therapy is an imbalance of power between therapist and patient, how can therapists avoid the misuse of power and protect clients from harm? Olga Runciman, voice hearer, psychiatric nurse in locked […]

  • Systems View of Life | Fritjof Capra | Madness Radio

    08/09/2018 Duração: 58min

    What does healthcare become when science is limited by a mechanistic, machine view of reality? How does a mechanistic view shape concepts of mental health and illness – and deny the fundamental aliveness of human beings? What does the study of living systems teach us for creating a different, more holistic vision? Fritjof Capra, theoretical […]

  • Sane Vegan Transition | Sabrina Louise | Madness Radio

    10/08/2018 Duração: 58min

    Does a diet without animal products improve mental health? Why can changing to plant based nutrition be so hard to sustain? And are people’s food ethics a symptom of eating disorder or neglected self care? Sabrina Louise, a vegan educator, consultant at Portland Community College, and ecstatic dance DJ, discusses how to transition away from […]

  • Life After Psych Meds | Laura Delano | Madness Radio

    28/05/2018 Duração: 10min

    How can people come off psychiatric medications in the safest way? What are the key lessons and vital ingredients for leaving psychiatric care? Is there life after meds? Laura Delano spent 14 years as a psychiatric patient before she left behind her psychiatric diagnoses and reclaimed herself. Today she is Director of the Inner Compass Initiative […]

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