- AU's 11/21/14 Pro-Healing Rally on YouTube
On Friday, November 21, 2014, AU held its first Pro-Healing Rally at the State Capitol in Hartford. Over a hundred brave individuals joined us despite the cold weather. Nationally known speakers and authors, well known for their writing, speaking, leadership, and activism, shared their stories of pain and triumph and discussed the benefits of practices such as yoga, meditation, and mutual support…watch now.
- Recovering from Psychiatry
From Laura Delano, a psychiatric liberation activist, writer, and community organizer…"What does it mean to recover from Psychiatry? For me, it's meant healing from the physical, emotional, cognitive, and existential trauma of psychiatric labels and psychotropic drugs, which has taken time, patience, acceptance, and unyielding determination." Laura's website hosts many of the resources she found helpful throughout her process of awakening and liberation from Psychiatry. She believes that self-education -- and challenging the narratives of those in positions of social, political, and financial power -- is critical if one is to make truly informed choices.
- Is Addiction a Disease?
December 7, 2013 -- A featured blog posted on Mad in America by AU's Executive Director Deron Drumm and Kelvin Young, Assistant Executive Director.
- Lawyers of Sound Mind?
Passing the bar exam does not guarantee admission to the bar…“Consider the case of [AU Board of Directors member] Kathleen Flaherty, a Harvard Law School graduate with bipolar disorder. A member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, she applied in the mid-1990's for admission to the Connecticut bar. After disclosing her mental illness on Connecticut's fitness application, she wasn't recommended for admission. She appealed, enduring a year of hearings about her mental health that one questioner characterized as 'torture.' In the end, Ms. Flaherty was granted conditional admission, which required her to provide a doctor's report and affidavit semiannually – a condition that lasted nine years.”
- Sandy Hook
AU's involvement, reaction, and response to the December 14, 2012 tragedy, the media coverage, resulting legislation, and impacts on Human Rights.
- Discrimination: A Roadblock to Recovery
An exhibit of photographs depicting types of discrimination experienced by people with mental health and/or substance use disorders.
- My Mood, My Choice
An article by Cyndi Roberts, Certified Therapeutic Yoga Instructor (RYT-200), West Hartford, CT. Yoga, meditation and nutrition are the practices Cyndi used to save her life after a 12-year battle with severe depression, anxiety and a misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder. She is passionate about healthy living and teaching her knowledge and lived experience gained on her journey back to health. For more info, visit www.yogawithcr.com.
- People First Language: Dignity, Not Semantics
It is about dignity and a right for people to be treated with respect.
- Mental health advocate talks of the highs, lows
The Register Citizen article recapping a talk by Dr. Karen A. Kangas, AU's Executive Director, at Prime Time House in Torrington, CT on June 24, 2008 (opens in a new browser window).
- Healing a Troubled Mind Takes More Than a Pill
Reprinted article by Charles Barber, author and lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, as published in the Washington Post.
- Medications and Sensitivity to Heat or Sun
- What If the Police Come to Take You to the Hospital?
- The Goose Story
- Principles of Advocacy
- Should You Become an Advocate?
- Planning Your Own Agenda
Persons in recovery must begin to plan their own agenda.
- Put a Restraint on Restraints
- Scientific Breakthroughs in Schizophrenia
Written and submitted by Joe Cornelio, AU Graduate Advocate, regarding a presentation at Hartford Hospital's Institute of Living.
- Mental Health Patients Learn to be Advocates
Reprinted article from the Danbury News-Times about AU Advocates Scott Fritz and Carolyn Roche, graduates from the 2005 Danbury Course.
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