Freedom Center, Arise for Social Justice, Out Now Oppose PostPartum Depression Screening Program

Submitted by lee on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 22:19

Dear MotherWoman,
We are writing to address our concern about your legislation on postpartum depression screenings. We propose that Motherwoman drop this legislation because we believe in the long-run it will do more harm than good.

Under the George Bush Jr administration there was an initiative called
“The New Freedom Initiative” which proposed mandatory mental health

Mindfreedom's David Oaks Speaking In Holyoke Oct. 5th

Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/22/2009 - 06:07

A free lecture by David Oaks at Holyoke Community College.

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Spa Night Fundraiser

Submitted by lee on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 17:25

The Freedom Center along with Arise for Social Justice and Outnow of Springfield is co-sponsoring a SPA NIGHT!!

Come get massage, acupuncture, or reiki for the revolution!

Relax, rejuvinate and support revolutionaries!!

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Response to ABC Primetime Articles

Submitted by lee on Tue, 08/25/2009 - 19:20


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ABC Primetime On Mad Pride Mentions Freedom Center, RLC, Icarus Project - Tues Aug 25th 10pm EST

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/24/2009 - 14:36



ABC News

'Mad Pride' Activists Say They're Unique, Not Sick

For Some, Psychiatric Conditions Are 'Mad Gifts' to Be Cherished, Not Medicated


Aug. 24, 2009—


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Freedom Center and USNUSP collaborate on "Human Rights for ALL" Tour

Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/18/2009 - 17:13

I'm Leah Harris, co-coordinator of the U.S. Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (USNUSP), a newly-formed network seeking to use the language, framework, and principles of international human rights to end violations against users and survivors of psychiatry and to promote voluntary and compassionate alternatives to the traditional mental health system.

Gail Hornstein Audio Interviews about Agnes's Jacket Book

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 08:25

Listen to Gail Hornstein's radio interviews -- one on the local National Public Radio affiliate, WFCR and the other with Deborah Harper of


Hearing Voices Groups In the Western MA Area

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/19/2009 - 13:17

Freedom Center helped start Hearing Voices groups in the Western Massachusetts area and beyond - to find out more information, contact the Recovery Learning Community, which is actively involved with organizing Hearing Voices groups in the area. Thanks!


Hearing Voices groups are popular and fairly widespread in Europe, specially England. Hearing Voices groups do not pathologize the experience of hearing voices or experiencing other altered states, instead they ask the voice hearer: What do the voices mean to you? Join us for the first Hearing Voices group east of Wisconsin and share and get support from others with similar experiences! *Co-sponsored by the Center for Human
Development, RLC and the Freedom Center

Gail Hornstein's Book Featuring Freedom Center, at Odyssey Bookshop March 26 7 pm

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/05/2009 - 13:47

Congratulations Gail!


Agnes’s Jacket
A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness
Gail A. Hornstein


Join The Community Power Kickoff - DATE CHANGE March 28th

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 10:34

Freedom Center organizer Caty Simon is attending the Community Activation Network's Community Power Kickoff to represent us and would like other Freedom Center members & people interested in the mad movement to join her. The event is on DATE CHANGE March 28th at Hampshire College. 12-6PM--you'll be
directed by signs as soon as you get there showing you specifically where to go.

Here's a quick summary of the event.

yoga cancelled Monday 2/5, 2/9, 2/12 and 2/16

Submitted by chaya on Thu, 02/05/2009 - 14:54

Sorry folks, but Chaya will be away for a couple of weeks.  She looks forward to seeing you when she returns!

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Feb 9th 2009 Acupuncture Clinic Postponed

Submitted by admin on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 14:21

Hi everybody, our monday acupuncture clinic will be postponed on February 9th 2009, as Barbara our acupuncturist has another engagement. Sorry for the inconvenience, we'll be back on our regular schedule monday Feb 16th as usual. Instead, take some time out of your day and meditate, you'll be glad you did!

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Did Antidepressants Depress Japan?

Submitted by lee on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 00:13


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Get Involved With Our Spring Speakout w/ Leah Harris!

Submitted by caty on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:38

Freedom Center is organizing a spring Speak Out and we want your help! Join slam poet and mental health activist Leah Harris from DC, Caty Simon, Lee Hurter and others. We need speakers and volunteers for this upcoming event -- get in touch with caty(at)freedom-center(dot)org.

We Love You Judi Chamberlin!

Submitted by admin on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 09:58

Judi Chamberlin is one of the shining lights of the psychiatric survivor movement, working her whole life as a pioneer and leader who has never backed down or compromised. We just got this email from organizer Sylvia Caras of People Who, about Judi's health and her request that people be in touch with her.

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Make a Holiday Donation To Freedom Center!

Submitted by admin on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 13:44

Dear friends:

Freedom Center is celebrating our seventh year as Northampton's peer-run mental health alternative. Everything we do is volunteer-run and on a shoestring budget. We need you to participate! Your donation will be one of the most cost-effective ways to make a difference this holiday season.

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FC Presents at Herb Convergence

Submitted by admin on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 13:59

FC Organizer Mollie Hurter writes about the Northeast Herbal Convergence:


Gazette Covers Forbes Story and Party

Submitted by admin on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 11:45

The Hampshire Daily Gazette did a story Friday on Freedom Center's anniversary and the Forbes Story:


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Party September 20th! FC Lucky Seven 'PsychoSocial' Anniversary

Submitted by admin on Sun, 09/21/2008 - 00:52

Freedom Center is seven years old!

To celebrate our birthday, and the honor of being recognized by Forbes,  Freedom Center will host a special event to screen the video at its "Lucky 7 Psychosocial" party on

September 20th at 6 pm

World War II Club

50 Conz St., Northampton, MA.

Forbes Magazine Features Freedom Center - New Video Released

Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/29/2008 - 13:45

The Gazette also did a story about the Forbes article.

Leading Business Magazine Forbes Honors Local Advocates in International Fundraiser; Anniversary Celebration Planned


Freedom Center In New York Times - Mad Pride

Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 13:50

Freedom Center was mentioned in a recent New York Times article about Mad Pride; Check it out!
















Madness Radio New Timeslot: 4-5pm Tuesdays EST

Submitted by admin on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 19:51

Thanks to everyone who has listened to, been a guest on, and helped make Madness Radio successful as we continue in our third year!

We have a new timeslot --

4-5pm Tuesdays on 103.3 FM

You can always listen online to the latest shows, to the archives, and subscribe via podcast at or through the iTunes store.

Keep the madness rolling...



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Author Bruce Levine on Surviving America's Depression Epidemic Tues, March 25 7pm

Submitted by admin on Tue, 03/25/2008 - 02:41

Press Release
Contact: Erika Arthur 413/ 253-5432

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Are You *Surviving America's Depression Epidemic*?

*Author Bruce Levine to Present at Food for Thought Books*
AMHERST – Author Bruce Levine will present and read from his new book,
*Surviving America's Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy* at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 25 at Food for Thought Books in Amherst.

Coming Off Meds at Broadside Tues Feb 5 With Will Hall

Submitted by admin on Thu, 02/07/2008 - 17:34
Please forward

Tues February 5th

Broadside Bookshop 247 Main St Northampton MA

Discussion with Will Hall, author of the new

*Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs*