Lauren Tenney, PhD, MPhi, MPA, Psychiatric Survivor
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6/29/2015 American Launch of Bonnie Burstow's Psychiatry and the Business of Madness @ Bluestockings, NYC

July 14, 2015

The Mental Patients Liberation Alliance hosts the 35th Annual Bastille Day Vigil to Speak Out Against Psychiatric Oppression and Celebrate the Human Spirit.


May 29 - 31 @ Left Forum (date/time to be announced)

2 Panels:


This Is Not Justice; There Ought Not Be Peace: Psychiatry, Capitalism, and State Power.

Lauren Tenney, Eva Dech, Rachel Liebert (2 seats open for people willing to talk about experiences being court ordered or coerced into psychiatry)
During this interactive panel event, you will hear from Rachel Liebert as she draws on feminist, de-/post-colonial, and more-than-human studies to document and destabilize "psycurity" – the emergent twinning of psychiatry and security within the neoliberal security state; Eva Dech as she discusses the mass drugging of children and youth and institutional trauma in mental health, foster care, and juvenile justice systems; and Lauren Tenney as she calls attention to the "prison to psychiatry pipeline" and abolition of psychiatric slavery, torture, and murder carried out via State power by utilizing forced, uninformed, or coerced psychiatry, in general. Then, panelists will join with each other in tearing into the intersectionality of psychiatry, capitalism, and state power. Finally, we invite the audience to contribute to the discussion and future plans for what to do about it, as what people who are psychiatrized experience is not justice; there ought not be peace.
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New Mad Pride Movement: "Schizophrenics" and "Bipolars" as the New Spiritual Vanguard?

with Seth Farber, Sascha Dubrul, Lauren Tenney
Dr Seth Farber's neo-Laingian perspective will be critiqued by Sascha Dubrul, the co- founder of The Icarus Project(TIP) (2004) and graduate student at CUNY.Lauren Tenney, Ph.D. a survivor and scholar will present her own view. The first volley in the battle against Psychiatry was fired by Libertarian Thomas Szasz in his book The Myth of Mental Illness, 1960. He was soon joined by leftist psychiatrist R D Laing whose 1967 book The Politics of Experience was a precursor of Mad Pride. Laing criticized the competitive ethos, the violence, and the secularism of society. Schizophrenics were spiritual pioneers suppressed by Psychiatry. Both claimed that psychiatric categories, including "mental illness" itself, were not objective medical diagnoses but disguised moral judgments that reflected the dominant values of society. In the early 1970s a popular movement inspired primarily by the work of Szas sprang up all over the country--the mental patients' liberation movement–later called the psychiatric survivors’movement. In 2004 Dubrul and Jacks McNamara founded The Icarus Project, the first Mad Pride organization in the US. Dubrul and McNamara argued madness had an untapped spiritual potential that could be used to transform” an oppressive and damaged world”. By 2012 Dubrul and most of Mad Pride abandoned their aspiration to be a vanguard of social change and placed their emphasis on collective self-healing alternatives. Farber argues for a more radical Mad movement.

5/16/2015  NYC Solidarity Event with International Protest Against Electroshock

@ Bluestockings, NYC

June 19, 2015

Seventh Annual Vigil and Demonstration

WE THE PEOPLE will honor the memory of Esmin Elizabeth Green who was murdered-by-neglect at Kings County Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Room, June 19, 2008 in front of the Psychiatric Emergency room. 

More details to follow.


Bastille Days with the Mental Patients Liberation Alliance




CONTACT NAME  800-654-7227 to help organize.



TIME/LOCATION  To be determined

CONTACT NAME  Lauren Tenney


5/30/2014 or 6/1/2014

Left Forum: Panel: Antipsychiatry's Challenge to the Left


5/13/2014  “Confronting Stigma in the Community”

College of Staten Island, Building 1P Williamson Theater 2 - 4 PM

A conference sponsored by the College of Staten Island’s Psychology, Social Work and Mental Health Counseling Departments in association with the Staten Island Mental Health Council.
This conference will explore the stigmas those challenged by mental Illness face in the community. We will be examining mental health stigma as well as the duel stigmas motivated by race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, addiction and socioeconomic circumstances. We will be looking at ways to identify, understand and reduce stigma in the community.Staten Island Mental Health Council and the College of Staten Island

Please RSVP by email to or by phone to NAMI 718.477.1700 by Friday May 9th, 2PM. (or just come)

Survivors of    Deadly Force with Deadly Weapons
More than sixty people who participated in (de)VOICED had extensive careers in psychiatric systems    change    and    psychiatric    histories. Environmental Workographers reported experiences of uninformed and forced electroshock and psychiatric drugging, experiences of restraints and seclusion, and aversive behavioral interventions. This research also revealed that in their work, especially with the State and managed care companies, that they were silenced and retaliated against when they spoke out against the practices, procedures, policies, and products of the biomedical model of psychiatry. They also reported when they had the freedom to choose, use of alternatives to psychiatry, and their voices and experiences heard and respected that they were able to get out of a life-long role as a "mental patient."

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5/4/2014 Protest of the American Psychiatric Association, NYC