My journey into and out of the mental health system has taught me a tremendous amount about what it means to be dehumanised and what it means to reclaim one's identity. And it's instilled in me an unwavering vision of a future..."
A marvellous inspirational and deeply moving talk from a very brave lady, Laura Delano. If you are interested in any way in mental health / wellbeing, then please set aside 30 minutes to watch this talk.
Laura Delano is a psychiatric liberation activist, writer, and community organizer. She entered the “mental health” system as a thirteen-year old and escaped it fourteen years later, after accidentally stumbling upon Robert Whitaker’s book, Anatomy of an Epidemic.
Today, Laura works with individuals looking to free themselves from psychiatric labels and drugs, and communities seeking to build alternatives to the “mental health” system.
She lives near Boston, Massachusetts, where she’s founded a mutual support group for people coming off psychiatric drugs, and can be found at her website, www.RecoveringfromPsychiatry.com, on Facebook here and here, or on Twitter. She serves on the boards of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry, and Mad in America, Inc.
In Journeying Back To Self, Laura has written the story of what happened in her life after being labeled "Bipolar" at fourteen up until the point at which she accidentally discovered Robert Whitaker's Anatomy of an Epidemic thirteen years later, in May 2010.
The story of how she left the "mental health" system is being saved for a larger writing project, and in the meantime, Laura now writes more generally about her experiences as an ex-patient. New readers to her blog might want to start here: story from its beginning.