A Disembodied Voice Interview: The Psychedelics, Madness, and Awakening Conference

This past spring, academics, activists, clinicians and psychiatric survivors came together for a unique online conference entitled “Psychedelics, Madness, and Awakening: Harm Reduction and Future Visions.” In a conversation spanning topics such as colonization and disability justice, we spoke with conference organizers Erica Hua Fletcher, Tehseen Noorani, and Lalita, a psychiatric survivor and member of the conference’s accessibility support group.

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NAMI Math

While gifts and grants from pharmaceutical companies comprised only about 25% of NAMI’s total donations, those same corporations made up 46% of the overall donor list. Meanwhile, Big Pharma accounted for 65% of those who donated more than once in 2020, and 100% of those who donated more than two times. Additionally, 75% of the pharmaceutical companies that donated last year also donated the year prior as compared to around 18% of non-Pharma donors who were repeats from 2019.

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The Killing of Susan Kelly

Silencing her questioning stream of daily chatter, her ballet dreams. In her, innocence she had spoken for me, muted and crashed by endless sizzlings. Inches away, I did not hear her silent call As she slipped into death’s embrace.

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Mania

I don’t know what the clinical definition of mania is but sometimes my eyes are diamond mine fields a fuse away from blowing up. Just a wink of my Wet and Wild glimmer lashes piled into barbed wire barricades and boom!

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Vitamin D and 15 Minutes in the Sun

I think it was the third day. There was a nurse that volunteered a few times a week to host groups and workshops with patients in the psych ward.

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Conservators on Netflix: Wardship in the Spotlight

With the appearance of recent films like the documentary “Framing Britney Spears” and the Netflix drama “I Care a Lot,” the usually obscure guardianship laws have become, however temporarily, more visible.

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