Useful Links

WEBSITES

  • Alaska Mental Health Consumer Web

Recovery-Based Engagement/Drop-in Center. Mission: The Consumer Web provides peer support, resource development and consumer directed programs that help people improve their lives. Visit http://akmhcweb.org/

  • Antipsychiatry Coalition

The Antipsychiatry Coalition is a nonprofit volunteer group consisting of people who feel we have been harmed by psychiatry – and of our supporters.  We created this website to warn you of the harm routinely inflicted on those who receive psychiatric “treatment” and to promote the democratic ideal of liberty for all law-abiding people that has been abandoned in the U.S.A., Canada, and other supposedly democratic nations. Visit http://antipsychiatry.org/

  • Asylum: The Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry

An international magazine for democratic psychiatry. Visit http://www.asylumonline.net/

  • Chipmunka Publishing

We are the proud publishers of over 1000 books written by people with mental health experiences. Visit http://chipmunkapublishing.co.uk/Home/

  • Coming Off Psychiatric Medication

This website aims to give you up to date information about psychiatric medication, how it functions and the withdrawal process. It is put together by people who have been prescribed medication and withdrawn from it, and clinicians who have been involved in supporting this process. If we have a period of distress or confusion and receive medical help we are generally given a diagnosis and prescribed psychiatric drugs. Research suggests doctors tend to know more about putting people on medication than the actual withdrawal process. It is important therefore to disseminate information about the ‘coming off’ process. Visit http://comingoff.com/

  • Critical Voices Network Ireland

We are the ‘Critical Voices Network’ of Ireland (CVNI), a growing force for change in Ireland’s mental health system. Visit http://www.criticalvoicesnetwork.com/ See also http://www.criticalpsychiatry.co.uk/

  • Deptford Hearing Voices Network

The Hearing Voices Website has been set up as one resource amongst others to provide information on the hearing of voices (termed auditory hallucinations) or on other related unusual perceptions, non ordinary experiences which might also be generally classified under anomalous psychological experiences. Visit http://www.dhvs.freeuk.com/

  • Drug Dangers

Drug Dangers is committed to providing information on a range of medications and medical devices that have serious complications. See more at: http://www.drugdangers.com/

  • Dr. Simon McCarthy-Jones

I am a Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, where I undertake research into the experience of hearing voices. I am also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Durham University in the UK,  and a member of both the International Consortium on Hallucinations Research, and the Intervoice International Research Committee. Visit http://www.simonmccarthyjones.com/

  • EleMental (Marion Aslan & Mike Smith)

EleMental represents an ever growing collective of visionaries from around the world who are actively working to promote wellness, recovery and thriving led by an underpinning philosophy that mental distress is a human experience which should not be used to define an individual, nor does it warrant a medical label. Based on our own experiences, work and research and that of other leading world experts we firmly dispute the reductionist theories, the medical language and the oppression of maintenance model systems. Subtle and non-subtle forms of discrimination and stigma are inherent within mental health systems to the point that, in reality, they are often regimes which coerce, control, trap and punish the person in distress. We believe that this is an affront to the dignity of the individual and needs to be addressed. Visit http://www.elemental.org.uk/

  • Freedom Centre

Freedom Center is a support and activism community run by and for people labeled with severe ‘mental disorders.’ We call for compassion, human rights, self-determination, and holistic options. We create alternatives to the mental health system’s widespread despair, abuse, fraudulent science and dangerous treatments. We are based in pro-choice harm reduction philosophy regarding medical treatments, and include people taking or not talking medications. Visit http://freedom-center.org/

  • Headstrong Ireland

Headstrong is The National Centre for Youth Mental Health – a non-profit organisation supporting young people’s mental health in Ireland. Clinical psychologist Dr Tony Bates founded Headstrong in 2006 in response to urgent and distressing need. Visit http://www.headstrong.ie/

  • Hearing Voices Network

If you hear voices HVN can help – we are committed to helping people who hear voices. Our reputation is growing as the limitations of a solely medical approach to voices become better known. Psychiatry refers to hearing voices as ‘auditory hallucinations’ but our research shows that there are many explanations for hearing voices. Many people begin to hear voices as a result of extreme stress or trauma. Visit http://www.hearing-voices.org/

  • Hearing Voices Network Cymru (Wales)

Hearing Voices Network Cymru offers support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them. We provide information about our organisation (including INTERVOICE) its history, aims & objectives, groups and how to contact us. Visit http://hearingvoicescymru.org/

  • The Icarus Project

The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of ‘mental illness’ rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework. We are a network of people living with and/or affected by experiences that are often diagnosed and labeled as psychiatric conditions. We believe these experiences are mad gifts needing cultivation and care, rather than diseases or disorders. By joining together as individuals and as a community, the intertwined threads of madness, creativity, and collaboration can inspire hope and transformation in an oppressive and damaged world. Participation in The Icarus Project helps us overcome alienation and tap into the true potential that lies between brilliance and madness. Visit http://www.theicarusproject.net/

  • Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing

Welcome to the new IIMHN website. The Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing acts as a forum to facilitate and enable discussion on issues relevant to Mental Health Nursing. The Institute aims to foster the development of the profession, contributing to policy development on matters relevant to nursing and mental health. Visit http://www.iimhn.ie/

  • International Guide to the World of Alternative Mental Health

Thousands of people around the world have recovered from mental disorders and now enjoy the simple pleasures of a drug-free life. Most were told this was impossible. Yet we hear from these individuals regularly. Many others have been able to significantly reduce their dependency on psychiatric medication. Commonly these people find that underlying their “mental” disorders are medical problems, allergies, toxic conditions, nutritional imbalances, poor diets, lack of exercise, or other treatable physical conditions. Our site has testimonials, over 100 articles, and the Web’s only directory of alternative mental health practitioners. You can also get information from our bookstore, support groups, email lists, and our free monthly newsletter. Visit http://alternativementalhealth.com/

  • International Community for Hearing Voices

Working across the world to spread positive and hopeful messages about the experience of hearing voices. If you hear voices, know someone who does or want to find out more about this experience – then this site is for you. Visit http://www.intervoiceonline.org/

  • Irish Advocacy Network

The Irish Advocacy Network Ltd was set up to offer peer advocacy services throughout the island of Ireland. Peer advocates are people who have experienced mental health difficulties and having achieved a sufficient level of recovery, complete an accredited training course. Once they qualify they work with an existing peer advocate before engaging their own clients. Thus, peer advocates are in a unique position to understand the difficulties and problems faced by people with mental health difficulties. Visit http://irishadvocacynetwork.com/

  • Jacqui Dillon

Writer, campaigner & international trainer, specialising in hearing voices, trauma and dissociation. Visit http://www.jacquidillon.org/

  • Jigsaw Ireland

Jigsaw projects across Ireland work with communities to better support young people’s mental health and well being. The Jigsaw programme has been developed and supported by Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. Visit http://www.jigsaw.ie/

  • Law Project for Psychiatric Rights

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) is a non-profit, tax exempt public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a  strategic legal campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States akin to what Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP mounted in the 40’s and 50’s on behalf of African American civil rights.  The public mental health system is creating a huge class of chronic mental patients through forcing them to take ineffective, yet extremely harmful drugs. Visit http://psychrights.org/index.htm

  • Mad Pride Ireland

Mad Pride Ireland welcomes you to our website.We hope you will come to realise how perfectly normal it is to be mad. Visit http://www.madprideireland.ie/

  • Madness Radio

Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health brings you personal experiences of ‘madness’ from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, and features survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists. Visit http://www.madnessradio.net/

  • MIND (UK)

Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling to get the support they need. Still unable to access the services that could change their life. Still facing prejudice and misunderstanding. Mind believes no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner. And we’ll push for a better deal and respect for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. Visit http://www.mind.org.uk/

  • M-Power

M-POWER is a member run organization of mental health consumers and current and former psychiatric patients. We advocate for political and social change within the mental health system, the community, city, and statewide. Organizing as a common voice, we claim and secure our human rights. We promote free access to information about those rights. We stand against stigma, bigotry,and discrimination that impede our ability to live as dignified people. We enlighten mental health professionals and the community with the truth about our lives, empowering ourselves in the process. We believe all people are entitled to lives free of prejudice and oppression. Visit http://m-power.org/

  • Mental Health Forum

We aim to be the friendliest place on the web to discuss mental health issues. Whether you are experiencing psychological distress, are a friend, partner or relative of someone who is experiencing mental health issues, or if you work in the mental health field – you are most welcome here. Visit http://www.mentalhealthforum.net/

  • Mental Health Client Action Network of Santa Cruz County

We are a clean and sober mental health community center that welcomes all people diagnosed with mental health issues like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.  We also have a strong contingent of people who define themselves as “psychiatric survivors”.  Some of us support MindFreedom, some support NAMI, some of us are on on medication, some off meds, some compliant and some are revolutionaries.  We are a diverse bunch of folks and we welcome newcomers. Visit http://mhcan.org/

  • Mind Freedom International

MindFreedom International is a nonprofit organization that unites 100 sponsor and affiliate grassroots groups with thousands of individual members to win human rights and alternatives for people labeled with psychiatric disabilities. Visit http://mindfreedom.org/

  • National Empowerment Centre

Mission: To carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing
to people with lived experience with mental health issues, trauma, and extreme states. Visit http://power2u.org/

  • Hearing Voices Network

NARPA‘s mission is to promote policies and pursue strategies that result in individuals with psychiatric diagnoses making their own choices regarding treatment. We educate and mentor those individuals to enable them to exercise their legal and human rights with a goal of abolition of all forced treatment. Visit http://narpa.org/

  • National Voices Forum

The Voices PERCEPTIONS Forum is a forum which gives an active voice to people who hear voices in the head, people who have perceptions which the normal people aren’t able to observe, people with schizophrenia, psychosis, paranoia, mental illness, hebephrenia, mania, schizophrenic spectrum disorders, and other forms of madness. Visit http://voicesforum.org.uk/

  • Online Voices Group

This group is for people who hear, or who have heard voices. We can share support, strategies for living with voices, and other ideas. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/voice-hearers/info

  • PCCS Books

Independent mental health publisher. Visit http://www.pccs-books.co.uk/

  • People Who

Advocacy and support for people who experience mood swings, fear, voices and visions. Visit http://peoplewho.org/

  • Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association

The Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is a statewide member organization providing information, referrals and supports to people who are receiving services or in recovery from a mental illness in Pennsylvania. Visit http://pmhca.org/

  • Portland (Oregon) Hearing Voices Group

Four years of volunteer work and 500+ meetings of our Voices, Visions & Extreme States and Women Survivors of Sexual Trauma groups helped hundreds overcome
isolation and find community…. Visit http://portlandhearingvoices.net/

  • Psychiatric Survivor Archives

The Psychiatric Survivor Archives of Toronto is dedicated to ensuring that the rich history of people who have experienced the psychiatric system is preserved for our community and the wider community as a resource from which everyone can share and learn. Visit http://psychiatricsurvivorarchives.com/

  • Psychminded

For all who work in psychology, psychiatry and mental health. Visit http://psychminded.co.uk/

  • Recovery Learning Community

Healing and recovery through peer support. We believe the journey leads to healing and hope. Visit http://westernmassrlc.org/

  • RENEW Ireland

RENEW is a group of people who understand that mutual support and personal exploration are key elements in overcoming emotional, psychological and spiritual distress. Any one of us can find that, at some point in our lives, we experience severe or overwhelming distress. The most common response in our society to severe distress is to treat the experience as one of illness. People in overwhelming distress are frequently labeled as mad or psychotic, and given little hope of returning to full and thriving lives. Visit http://renew-ireland.com/

  • Rethink (National Schizophrenia Fellowship UK)

Since 1972 we have been challenging attitudes and changing lives, helping people living with conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and more to recover a better quality of life. Visit http://rethink.org/

  • Rufus May

I work as a clinical psychologist in the NHS in Bradford England. I also do some independent training and consultancy. My interest in recovery from psychosis and other difficulties is rooted in my own experiences of psychosis when I was 18 and subsequent recovery journey.  I am interest in helping to create alternative understandings to medical labeling and the heavy handed use of psychiatric drugs, which is the dominant approach today.  I believe everybody can flourish, grow and develop if they get the right support network around them that they are willing to invest in. The web-site will connect you with past articles, interviews and other media I have taken part in. Also it has details of books, magazines, training events and organisations that promote positive approaches to emotional health and recovery.  My work is very much part of a wider emancipatory movement in mental health that includes the hearing voices movement, community development approaches and other self help and holistic health movements. Visit http://www.rufusmay.com/

  • SHINE Ireland

Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by mental ill health, through the promotion and provision of high-quality services and working to ensure the continual enhancement of the quality of life of the people it serves. Shine has offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, Tullamore and Dundalk. Phrenz groups are a nationwide mutual self-help network which aims to empower people with schizophrenia and related illnesses. Activities include weekly meetings, outings, talk and linking in with other activities of Shine. Please contact your regional office to find out details on the Phrenz group closest to you. Visit http://shineonline.ie/

  • Spunout Ireland

Spunout is an Irish website dedicated to young peoples health in general. Visit http://spunout.ie/

  • Successful Schizophrenia

“Our mission is to help psychiatry (for its own good) free itself from the delusions that keep it from being an effective medical specialty and to provide proof that thousands of people are right when they say they are NOT mentally ill” Visit http://successfulschizophrenia.org/

  • Working to Recovery

‘Working to Recovery Limited’, has a cutting edge approach to Mental Health provision. Many services across the world are looking for a different recovery based way to work with people and we can offer the expertise to deliver recovery-based service. Ron and Karen have an extensive knowledge of service development and provision worldwide, therefore offering a unique approach in terms of training and consultancy. They are also very comfortable working with people who use services, families and staff together. Visit http://www.workingtorecovery.co.uk/

  • Wellbeing Foundation

The Wellbeing Foundation was formed in 2006 to address the parlous state of the mental health services in Ireland, to deal with specific issues faced by those who find themselves having to use these services, to carry out research and education programmes, and to provide assistance, resources and advice. Visit http://wellbeingfoundation.com/

BOOKS DVDS & CDS

  • Working to Recovery

The Working to Recovery website shop have an excellent range of books, DVDs and CDs on the subject of hearing voices and other topics. Visit http://www.workingtorecovery.co.uk/shop-2

  • Intervoice

There are many high quality publications on the issue of hearing voices and other associated topics, in this section you can find the books and documentary films that we would recommend to you. Whether you’re a voice-hearer, family member, friend, clinician or researcher – knowledge is power. We hope the following topics are useful to you. Visit http://www.intervoiceonline.org/publications

FILMS

  • Louise Pembroke, Dedication to the Seven: Hearing Voices in Dance and Catatonia (2007). Available from http://www.mind.org.uk/
  • Hearing Voices: Approaches to Managing Psychosis (1995). BBC Worldwide. Available from http://ffh.films.com/