Have you ever thought you were going “crazy?” Or maybe people call you “crazy” for how you connect, experience and/or understand the world? Maybe your experiences have been profoundly spiritual and meaningful? If so, you may have also seen how the “help” you receive is all too often dehumanizing and inaccessible. You may have seen how often “help” is delivered through a pill or syringe along with the underlying message that you, the “patient” or “client,” are “mentally ill” and no longer valid or “competent.” What if we told you that what the psychiatric industrial complex calls “mental illness” is more so a tool for social control than it is a helpful way of understanding our distress.
What if you not only had the freedom to denounce the label of “mental illness” but also the right to claim or reclaim an identity you feel best defines your experiences? That instead of following an industry that profits off of our states of being and oppresses us, you could actually fight the status quo and work to abolish the very systems that incarcerate our minds and bodies?
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Madness Network News is dedicated to the interchange of energy and support of mad people and psychiatric survivors. Our work is rooted in psychiatric abolition and mad liberation movements, and we are committed to fighting against psychiatric oppression and violence everywhere. We celebrate mad identities and the freedom to explore our inner/altered states. Our work is rooted in intersectional struggles for liberation and the fight against systemic oppression.
“All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.”
– Virginia Woolf
Image Description: Drawing of an executive from a pharmaceutical company holding money and next to him a doctor with a syringe. The text below them reads to hell with their profits stop forced drugging of psychiatric inmates! Just below this text is a drawing of people rising up in protest.