5th Annual Art Show Sunday June 3rd

Submitted by heather on Sun, 06/03/2007 - 10:13
The 5th Annual Art Show of the Western Mass Training Consortium

: a group exhibit of the 2007 Career Initiatives Artisits: Virginia Harlow, Larry Ditman, Janice Sorensen

Opening reception:
Apollo Grill at Eastworks - 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, MA
Sunday June 3 1pm-4pm
Music, poetry and refreshments!
Performances by: Robin Lane, A Woman's Voice and Chaya Grossberg

More info available at

FC Named in San Francisco Weekly Newspaper

Submitted by admin on Fri, 06/01/2007 - 12:35

The San Francisco Weekly newspaper just did a big cover story on living without medication that mentions the Freedom Center as one of the leading survivor groups. Read the story on their website or download it here.

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Want to continue your yoga practice at home? New Monthly Class

Submitted by heather on Wed, 05/30/2007 - 16:13
We are privileged to tell you about another free yoga class! This class is funded by Western Mass Training Consortium. The class is lead by Chaya Grossberg, a
Kripalu Certified Yoga teacher. Chaya specializes in yoga for mental health and has taught for several alternative mental health organizations, including Freedom Center. This workshop will be the first in a yearlong series that will focus on developing a home practice. There will be time for Q and A on yoga for specific issues. Much of the teaching will be about how to fit yoga practice into your life and finding simple, easy ways to practice in short time periods.

Mental Health and Wellness Conference

Submitted by chaya on Sun, 05/27/2007 - 16:11

Mental Health and Wellness DMH conference in Worcester

by Chaya Grossberg


Judene Shelley from National Empowerment Center invited Freedom Center members to speak at this conference on May 17, 07. Freedom Center was recently fortunate to get a grant funded, paid intern from Hampshire college. Heather Dodge, who is studying alternative medicine and mental health has brought great spirit and organizational skills to Freedom Center. She came with me to this conference. At the beginning, I think she was quite shocked at the perspectives of many of the speakers. Even though I have been to many conferences, this one surprised me too, as it seemed at first to have the least consumer/survivor voice.

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Day of Relaxation

Submitted by heather on Thu, 05/24/2007 - 10:28
Thursday, May 24th. 4:30-6pm in the Quaker Space. 43 Center Street Northampton Come for a day of relaxation. Bring a talent, cold drink, snack or willing pair of hands to exchange back massages. This is a time to rest, relax, get out of the hot sun and enjoy good company.
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Congressional Bill to End Funding for Mental Health Screenings

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 07:11

Below is important info about HR 2387 - which would end federal funding for mental health screenings.


Freedom Center Protests Mental Health Screenings At UMASS

Submitted by lee on Sat, 05/12/2007 - 22:52

On Friday May 11 three Freedom Center volunteers and a volunteer from the Infocollective ( went to UMASS protest the mental health screenings.

These screenings were part of "national depression awareness week" and appeared to also be part of the New Freedom Commission (the Bush Administration plan to screen all Americans for mental illness)

The screenings questionare was a list of yes and no questions divided into six sections. On the back of the questionnaire was six correlating diagnoses for each of the questions (Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder).

FC Joins SHaRC to Oppose Prison Mental Health Units

Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 17:35

Freedom Center is a member of SHaRC, the Statewide Harm Reduction
Coalition, and we join in opposing the proposed creation of new mental
health treatment units in MA prisons. Read the testimony before the legislature that SHaRC recently presented.

Peer Services Jobs Available for Survivors - Apply Now

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/07/2007 - 02:38

The Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (WMRLC) is a new,
Peer-driven program supporting a recovery and trauma-informed
environment in which individuals with diagnoses and/or experiences with
serious mental illness and/or extreme states can assume meaningful roles
in their communities. We are seeking candidates for the following

County Coordinators
Peer Worker
Spanish-speaking Peer Worker
Advocacy Coordinator


Lived experience with a mental health diagnosis and/or extreme states
required for all WMRLC positions. Bicultural/bilingual (Spanish/ASL)
encouraged to apply. The WMRLC is a program of The Western Massachusetts

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Virgina Tech Tragedy Info + Resources

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 06:51

Info on the Virgina Tech mass killing and implications for mental health policy can be found on the Mindfreedom website Info Center page.

Second weekly yoga class

Submitted by chaya on Fri, 04/27/2007 - 16:25
We held the first yoga class of our second weekly class yesterday at Forbes. It went really well! The room is a nice, clean space and it has a CD player. A few folks from our Monday class were there, as well as some new faces. ~Chaya Grossberg
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real paranoia: Was Seung-Hui Cho a Mind Controlled Assassin?

Submitted by lee on Thu, 04/19/2007 - 21:02

Deadly accuracy, disturbing revelations suggest outside involvement in VA Massacre, cocktail of brainwashing from prozac, violent video games contributed to carnage Seung-Hui Cho was a mind-controlled assassin, whether you believe he was under the influence of outside parties or not, the fact is that the cultural brainwashing of violent video games and psychotropic drugs directly contributed, as it does in all these cases, to the carnage at Virginia Tech on Monday morning.

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Freedom Center Gets Anonymous $5,000 Donation!

Submitted by will on Wed, 04/18/2007 - 15:22

 Freedom Center got a pleasant surprise in our PO Box: a check for $5,000, donated anonymously!

Our thanks to the individual or individual who made this contribution. Because we work on a volunteer basis and keep our budget very lean, the money will directly pay for program expenses and help keep us going -- including projects such as a second yoga teacher, a coming off drugs guide, audio cds of recovery alternative interviews, and transportation expenses to do public speaking in the area.

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Second Yoga Class Thursdays 3:30pm Begins 4-26

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/18/2007 - 11:51


A second Freedom Center free Weekly yoga class will
meet at Forbes library, Thursdays 3:30pm. This class
is free and open to the public. Mark your calendar,
we will start next week. Spread the word.

for more info:


Freedom Center on Zyprexa In Adbusters

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/17/2007 - 14:32


Will just published an article in Adbusters magazine on the Zyprexa memos scandal. Download it here

Read article & comments on Adbusters site here.

Apology to those who have called us since March 9

Submitted by lee on Tue, 04/03/2007 - 08:00


Hello everyone, since the freedom center has switched over to a new server there has been a lot of problems with communication. One problem, is that we have not been able to check the voice mail since we have had our new 1800 number.

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Website Switchover...

Submitted by will on Fri, 03/30/2007 - 01:08

Hey so we are switchng to a union webhost with cool politics. there might be some bumps in the transition road. If you notice anything, be patient, or just email for help.

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New Phone # For Freedom Center

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/15/2007 - 14:43
call us day or night from anywhere in the US 877) 677 6424. Then call us again if you don't hear from us... because we get a lot of calls and email! -- will
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NCOR Workshops in DC Gather 250+ People

Submitted by will on Wed, 03/14/2007 - 22:45

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Lamictal Almost Killed My Close Friend

Submitted by will on Tue, 03/13/2007 - 17:57

I'm at the Best Western in Northampton watching the Food Channel with my dear friend, happy she's not dead. Because she might have been, and I might be writing a eulogy and preparing a memorial instead of this blog post. She started taking the bipolar drug Lamictal, and it almost killed her.

When I got back into town last week I was excited to return to my friend who took care of my apartment, sorting through my kitchen and taking care of my mail. We're settling in to our close friendship, watching bad movies and catching up on the last two months, and its great. Except two days after I'm back she's sick, staying in bed and complaining of a lot of pain.

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Secret Zyprexa Documents: Come And Get Them...

Submitted by will on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 12:34
Yes, Freedom Center can now tell you how to get the Zyprexa documents...
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Excellent Zyprexa Scandal Coverage from Evelyn Pringle + Furious Seasons; Also Check

Submitted by will on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 12:30
Evelyn Pringle, reporter for Op-Ed News, and Philip Dawdy, of the Furious Seasons blog, have been covering the Zyprexa scandal closely. Also, Jim Gottstein's firm, as well. Other than Mindfreedom, AHRP, and ICSPP, the 'consumer-survivor movement' has been silent on this issue. Could it be the money ties?
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Freedom Center Launches New Website!

Submitted by will on Tue, 02/27/2007 - 16:28

First it was catatonic withdrawal. Then it was catatonic withdrawal with video games. Then catatonic withdrawal with computers, then catatonic withdrawal with obsessive html tinkering, and then the first Freedom Center website was launched. Our earliest version was I believe on Tripod, then we got a Frankenstein site incorporating pmachine, a lot of badly formed html, and the occasional javascript bell and whistle that I put together from scratch.

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Zyprexa Memo Court Ruling: Lilly Goes After Jim Gottstein

Submitted by admin on Fri, 02/23/2007 - 17:53

Note: excellent coverage of the Zyprexa scandal is at

The court in NYC just released its ruling on the Zyprexa documents leak scandal.

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Zyprexa Leak Story in Springfield Republican

Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/29/2007 - 18:11


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