Ponzio, Butch Mandatta
Groton (Vt. : Town) - A newspaper featuring personal stories and advice from psychiatric survivors. There is an interview with Peter Breggin, M.D., a psychiatrist against the use of psychiatric medication. There is also an article about biopsychiatry, schizophrenia, ways that spirituality and other health practices can be used as alternative treatment to mental illnesses, and some information on the Social Security Plan to... more
Lawrence (Mass.) - A newsletter for the National Empowerment Center which features information related to the psychiatric survivors movement with a special focus on a recovery model of mental illnesses. Articles include one on the 'Learning from Us' conference held by the NEC to teach ideas of recovery and empowerment to mental health providers and administrators. There is an article on the empowerment model of recovery... more
1974 July 16
Berkeley (Calif.) - A brochure with information on The Berkeley Center, a center that practices primal based therapy, in which the individual is encouraged to remember the person they were when they were children and harness that childlike energy in their approach to their emotions. The brochure also has practical information about the process of primal based therapy and the fees for the therapy.
Mental Patients' Rights Association (MPRA)
Lake Worth (Fla.) - Informational packet for MPRA, described as a 'mental patient' membered and controlled political collective and support network, operating an office drop-in center and client-run house. Including establishing ethos such as the concept of "mentalism," defined as the stigmatizing of perceived deviant behavior used to justify the mental health system and oppress those diagnosed as mentally ill. Future pl... more
New York (N.Y.) - Draft of letter in response to radio interview with Mr. Wiesel respectfully accusing him both of sexism and disrespect of the mentally ill with regard to his use of the term 'madness' as a metaphor to describe the horrors of the Holocaust. Miller seems to aquiesce that Wiesel has a right to speak of madness but that the "doctors" do not. Alleging that "the Holocaust continues in many forms," namely br... more
New York (N.Y.) - Statement on the publicly perceived problem of "chronic mental patients" and the goals of Project Release to destigmatize and reframe mental illness. Taking issue with the New York Department of Mental Hygiene and its harmful practices and facilities. Requesting that the community of the city direct their anger towards the psychiatric system as opposed to its victims.
New York (N.Y.) - Outlining the ideological principles, goals and specific programs of Project Release with reference made to the Consumers Guide to Psychiatric Medication, the periodical "Silent No Longer" and plans for monthly broadcasts on radio WBAI. Including handwritten notes and edits.
New York (N.Y.) - Outlining the ideological principles, goals and activities of Project Release. Advertising a weekly mutual support group sponsored by the organization. Handwritten notes on reverse concerning logistics and referring to Ed Knight.