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Stories About Activism to Help Those Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

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Stories We Live By

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My guest tonight is Michael (Mickey) Weinberg, MSW, who has spent a lifetime organizing professionals to help those who have been labelled as "mentally ill" live better lives as well as reduce the power of institutional psychiatry and the mental health establishment to control their lives. His efforts have included a hunger strike designed to get mainstream media to focus on the fact that there is no evidence to support psychiatric claims that what is called mental illness has any biological basis whatsoever. (A documentary film of the strike can be found at http://hssm.semel.ucla.edu/wheres_evidence) Currently, Mickey will describe possible future efforts to reduce the power of the mental health industry's hold over the lives of those who have been diagnosed mentally ill.