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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.
Join Talk with Tenney on April 22, 2015 from 9-11 PM Eastern for an exciting and informative conversation with Lauren Parks on surviving and ending domestic violence and sexual assault.
Lauren Parks is a social work graduate student at Monmouth university. Her life's work has been dedicated to aiding and assisting victims of violence, specifically, domestic violence and sexual assault. Through her own personal experience with teen dating violence, Lauren has been able to use that negative experience to advocate for victims everywhere. Lauren currently serves as a rape survivor advocate through safe horizon community program and also leads an empowerment group for female victims in Staten Island. Lauren has plans of developing a center for victims that would be dedicated to more long term after care.
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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: email@example.com
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 on April 15, 2015 from 9-11 PM Eastern for an exciting conversation with Chaya Grossberg about making our own media - the art of the blog!
Chaya Grossberg will talk about the importance of blogging for psychiatric survivors and some recent and upcoming blogging initiatives. She will talk about the importance of blogging for building our movement and for us as individuals who have experienced trauma to transform our pain into offerings that inspire others. She will discuss the potential we have as media makers and answer any questions about blogging, starting your own blog and overcoming fears of going public.
Chaya is a writer, teacher, coach, and group facilitator living in San Francisco. She teaches classes as well as coaches individuals in person and by phone/Skype. Chaya is a psychiatric survivor and publicly speaks and writes about her experiences and perspectives. Her website and blog are at www.chayagrossberg.com
Questions for Chaya? Ideas, suggestions? Do you have your own blog? Call (267)521-0167 to be a part of the program!
On May 6, 2015, from 9-11 PM Eastern, please join me for a riveting conversation with Robert Whitaker.
Robert Whitaker is the author of four books, two of which tell of the history of psychiatry. His first, Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002. His newest book on this topic, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism in 2010. He has a new book, which he co-wrote, coming out 2015, titled Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform.
Prior to writing books, Robert Whitaker worked as the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper in New York for a number of years. His journalism articles won several national awards, including a George Polk award for medical writing, and a National Association of Science Writers’ award for best magazine article. A series he co-wrote for The Boston Globe was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. He also was director of publications at Harvard Medical School for a time.
For more information: www.madinamerica.com
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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.
April 1, 2015 from 9-10 PM Eastern or a lively conversation with Sarah Knutson.
For years, activists have been calling attention to psychiatric mystification as an abuse of power. We've opposed the proliferation of DSM confabulated 'mental disorders' as a instruments of industry profit and social control. Yet, for the most part, as a society, we remain confused. What really is going on when someone becomes distressing to themselves or others? Why does this happen? And what could a human rights-informed society attempt to do about it? Beyond this, how do we make change happen? What are we up against? Why is change so hard? And how do we begin to take down the walls that divide us into 'us' and 'them'? As an mad activist, xlawyer, xtherapist, Sarah Knutson has devoted much of her life to making sense of these issues. In this episode, Sarah will draw from both lived experience and social science research to offer an integrated wholistic human perspective that gets us beyond the conventional divide between 'mental health' and 'mental illness.' Sarah will also discuss the challenges inherent in any effort to change conventional human consciousness from the 'tried & true' to the 'radically new.' Bonus: a conversation about holding your ground with police for activism season!
Sarah Knutson is a RadMad Didactivist with lived experience as a therapist, lawyer and human rights advocate. Sarah is passionate about creating "positively mad" culture and accessible approaches to mental distress based on shared humanity. She works as a consultant for Intentional Peer Support. Sarah struggles daily to vote with her life for a world she wants to live in. Volunteer activities include organizing around the IPS Learning Community, Peerly-Human Family, Human Rights Recovery and the Wellness-Recovery Human Rights Campaign (more info on facebook.
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On March 4, 2015 from 8-10 PM Eastern, join in for an exciting conversation with Dr. Ron Leifer.
"Ron Leifer, MD, MA, is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years’ experience as a nonmedical, noncoercive psychotherapist. He received his psychiatric training at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where his mentor was Professor Thomas Szasz, MD. . . . His interest then turned to a synthesis of Western psychology and Buddhist psychology, the result of which was the publication of a triology of books on the subject: The Happiness Project (1996), Vinegar into Honey (2006), and Engagements With The World (2013). In 2001, Ron Leifer was awarded the “Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties” (Professional Category)"
for more info about Dr. Leifer: http://ronleifer.zenfactor.org/index.htm
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