by Michael Coughlin I survived the tragic and sudden death of my 12-year-old brother, the near-death of my second brother, and the horrific suicide of my uncle, all with barely any medication. I became an extremely happy and high-functioning adult through holistic and spiritual growth. I loved life itself. Then a freak occurrence happened. I… Continue Reading
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by Philip A. Kumin Author’s Note: The following article was originally written in 1991. Since then, Judi Chamberlin has died of cancer, and both national patients’ organizations have fallen into disarray due to constant infighting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Perhaps concurrent with the… Continue Reading
by Philip A. Kumin Author’s Note: The following article was originally written in 1987. Immediately before the start of the Alternatives ’87 Conference, a Constitutional Convention was held for the National Mental Health Consumers’ Association. Persons whose names I used are in the public domain regarding their status as patients. . . . …. Continue Reading
by Philip A. Kumin For anyone privy to the dynamics of the discussion surrounding the manifest destiny of the mental patients’ movement one thing is clear; those founding activists who survive are aggrieved at the loss of their native movement. In almost any venue in which these activists air their grievances, there is an aggregate… Continue Reading