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Program Information
Program Name: MindFreedom International
Year the Program was Started: 1987
Public Contact Person: David Oaks
Address: 454 Willamette, Suite 216
PO Box 11284
Eugene, OR 97440
Telephone #: 541-345-9106
Fax #: 541-345-3737
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy, Community Education, Other
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: $70,000-$100,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
Volunteers: 20+
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Usually
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website, Other
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: 1) Speak out against human rights violations such as forced psychiatric drugging, electroshock, restraints, solitary confinement, discrimination because of psychiatric labeling, etc. 2) Challenge the undue influence of the psychiatric drug industry in the mental health system. 3) Encourage the voice of people who have experienced human rights violations in the mental health system: psychiatric survivors. 4) Promote safe, humane, empowering alternatives to the current mental health system.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: MindFreedom International Mission Statement Approved by Board of Directors: In a spirit of mutual cooperation, MindFreedom leads a nonviolent revolution of freedom, equality, truth and human rights that unites people affected by the mental health system with movements for justice everywhere.
Additional Information: MindFreedom International is one of the few totally independent organizations advocating in the mental health system with no funding from the mental health system, government, drug companies or religions. We unite 100 sponsor groups. We are the only group of our kind accredited by the United Nations as a Non Governmental Organization with Consultative Roster Status. We are rooted in the psychiatric survivors human rights movement which began in about the year 1970. While our bylaws require that a majority of our board be psychiatric survivors, we are open to and welcome all people to join, and we have many mental health workers, attorneys, advocates, family members and other allies as members and leader. We believe it is important to unify strength in numbers to take action for human rights. We agree with the World Health Organization that human rights in the mental health system is a GLOBAL EMERGENCY!

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