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The Mad Have Wings

On the walls, in the scrawls, our mad voices bleed, our heads break and our brains scatter and splatter
back against the medical records, horror’s paint.

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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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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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Art by: Tanya Temkin

Image Description: A drawing of a sun and moon with faces and a hand in the center with an open eyeball in the palm.

As well as a person intended to be a mad woman breaking free from a straight jacket raising a fist in the air and screaming.

Text reads Madness Network News a multimedia platform of the psychiatric survivor/mad/psychiatric abolitionist movement.
Art by: Emily Hochman

Image Description: person wearing a ski mask holding bolt cutters.