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Craig Lewis, the author of 'Better Days - A Mental Health Recovery Workbook' is fighting a battle, much like we all are. Life can present impossible situations at times that can make our lives unmanageable. We can be beaten down to such a degree that we have trouble with our basic functioning. Craig knows this well as this has been a struggle that he has been battling through for months on end. Sometimes, no matter what we do, even if we do all the right things, we must still face head on, some of the worst of times and disruptions to our lives, that can make it nearly impossible for us to be happy, healthy and satisfied with our lives. Craig knows that we are all fighters, at least somewhere deep inside, and that fighting for our lives, for our happiness and for our peace, is a difficult and painful thing to do. The challenges that we, at times, must face, can feel and appear to be impossible to manage and, as a result, we may feel that our lives have become absolutely unbearable and that there is no way that we could ever know peace and happiness again. Craig knows this personally and he is currently living and battling through, some of the worst of times, and he is here to to talk about coping skills, perspectives, and how we get past those seemingly impossible obstacles and move forward with reclaiming, embracing and/or creating, a happier, healthier and more satisfying life. Everyone is important and everyone deserves to be respected and treated with dignity and to be heard. When we know that we are not alone, and that others can relate to our struggles, and when we know that there are people fighting back, all around the world, right this very minute, and that we are not alone; perhaps we too can find ways to overcome and to move forward, blasting through,never stopping, never quitting and never giving in.
On December 3, 2014, 8-10 PM Eastern, join Talk with Tenney for a conversation with Craig Lewis. As an anti-authoritarian, Craig struggles with the often unyielding power that is at times used forcefully to subjugate people who are unwilling to maintain the status quo. In Craig’s experience working in the mental health recovery community as a Certified Peer Specialist, he has found himself often feeling crushed under the boot of power, status and class. Craig believes that the best way to get to the life he wants is dependent on battling through the barriers that are in his way, despite the oppressive nature of power, status and class. Craig openly identifies as a marginalized person yet he is fearless in fighting for the better life he wants and helping others live happier, healthier and more satisfying lives. Craig’s favorite topics to discuss are the ‘Better Days’ workbook, punk rock, and the power of self-directed radical human powered transformation. Craig also loves talking about cats, specifically, ‘Max the Cat Lewis’, Craig’s official ‘Maxcot of Recovery’.
Craig has authored and published the Better Days – A Mental Health Recovery Workbook. Craig based the Better Days workbook on his personal life and recovery, and every page has been used successfully in peer group settings. A Better Days support group facilitation guide is currently being developed as are Spanish, German and French language versions of the Better Days workbook. Craig also has edited and published You’re Crazy Volume One which compiles first-hand accounts of people from the punk rock scene who live with mental health struggles, addiction and trauma. A second volume of You’re Crazy is currently in the works.
Craig can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Gottstein grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. After graduating from West Anchorage High School in 1971, he attended the University of Oregon and graduated with honors (BS, Finance) in 1974. From there he attended Harvard Law School graduating in 1978 with a J.D. degree. Mr. Gottstein's career has evolved from emphasizing business matters and public land law, with mental health representation and advocacy as an adjunct, to increasing emphasis on mental health advocacy and representation.
Since late 2002, Mr. Gottstein has devoted the bulk of his time pro bono to the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) whose mission is to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock across the United States. Starting, in 2004, Jim has made addressing the alarming and horrific increase in the psychiatric drugging of children and youth a high priority.
For more information on Jim's work please see www.psychrights.org
Join me October 29, 2014 for an exciting episode of Talk with Tenney: A Conversation with Frank Blankenship: Underground Railroad Landing Zones
Frank explains to me, "I am working with a group of people who want to protect people facing involuntary outpatient commitment, a euphemism for forced psychiatric drugging, by helping them relocate outside of the state that would drug them."
Frank is a psychiatric treatment survivor and an anti-psychiatry human rights activist. With David Oaks, Al Galves and others Frank screened the Arlington Virginia American Psychiatric Association offices for normality way back in October 2007. Before moving to Gainesville, Florida, he lived in Charlottesville, Virginia. While in Virginia he served as point person for MindFreedom Virginia, and in Florida he is the contact person for MindFreedom Florida. Having completed both basic and advanced Leadership Academy trainings, Frank has co-facilitated Leadership Academy training sessions in Gainesville. Working with MindFreedom Florida, Frank helped bring Daniel Mackler to Gainesville for a film festival and panel discussion. He was the chair of the MindFreedom International Affiliate Support Committee and currently co-chairs the Landing Zone Committee. His current projects include an effort to introduce Open Dialogic practices in Florida, and he hopes to launch a mutual support group locally for people who wish to taper off psychiatric drugs.
something to say? It's been one of those days. . . . Line will be open - call in and share your thoughts.
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Tenney will be joined by lawyer and survivor activist Tina Minkowitz to talk about human rights. Tina is a leading voice internationally for the rights of users and survivors of psychiatry, and has been influential in creating revolutionary new standards in international law. - What are human rights, what is a human rights convention? - What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and why is it important to people who have been psychiatrized? - What is shadow reporting? - How can we use human rights advocacy to end psychiatric oppression?
Tina Minkowitz was one of the drafters of the CRPD, and has contributed extensively to the development of norms related to legal capacity, the freedom from disability-based detention, and the freedom from forced psychiatric interventions as a form of torture and ill-treatment. She is the International Representative of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and the founder and President of the Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry.
Tonight we will review information about electroshock as torture, as discussed on the special edition of Talk with Tenney, June 4, 2014. We will also be discussing bills put forth by Murphy, Barber, and Thompson and their collleaguses. A continued focus on offering other perspectives to HR 3717 the "Helping Families in mental health crisis Act" and stopping it.
State-Sponsored Organized Psychiatric Industries are with state-sanction power violating our human, constitutional and civil rights. The (p)harmaceutical industry is profiting in the billions, annually. The tax-payers are paying enormously. People's lives are being stolen from them, as they are held in slavery, abused, tortured, and murdered.
If you have a story you would like to share - speak out here!
You don't have to be mad to call in . . . But, it helps.
If you have an issue you would like to discuss - call in (267)521-0167.
According to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki (March, 2014), the VA spends at least $7 billion on "mental health" services. On what? Drugs? Electroshock? Where is the transparency?
There are more than twenty million Veterans. Millions of people who have served the United States are on their ways back home from war. The things these women and men have endured in war are unimaginable to most who have never been there. How could one not be effected by war? The suicide rate amongst vets is staggering, some estimates stating 22 Veterans complete suicide each day. As a country, as anyone watching the news will learn, we are failing Veterans in the medical arena with delayed and denied treatment. The result is Vets are needlessly dying. If that's what is documented in happening in medical treatment, what is happening in terms of emotional and social supports?
Are you a Veteran? Thank you for your service. Do you have a story to tell about your experiences? Have you had problems with keeping your second amendment rights; being forced into complying with psychiatry; trying to access services and supports? Have you been able to get trauma-informed care? Call in.
This Memorial Day call in on Talk with Tenney and inform people of your thoughts on how we can do better for those who risk their lives for our country or to point out issues that need attention to be resolved. (267) 521-0167.