Personal Empowerment

The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Medications.


pro- nor anti- medication, the guide provides valuable information for making wiser decisions, and supports people coming off as well as staying on meds. It was developed with the editorial involvement of 14 health care professionals, including psychiatrists, registered nurses, and acupuncturists, and published by The Icarus Project and Freedom Center. You can find out more about the Guide by clicking on the link in the Title. PLease make sure you scroll down far enough.

Read about the making of the Guide.


What the Dalai Lama has to say
 for 2010

Gianna's Corner



The Beyond Meds Archives

 By Gianna Kali,

Social worker/
Psychiatric Survivour

Gianna is going to take some well earned personal time to live a life.

She goes off line from her very personal, open and shared journey and withdrawal from psych meds. (drugs) After several years of the daily sharing of that struggle and all the genuine emotions expressed that have gone with it, she has now reclaimed her own power.  

Anyone who is still struggling with such issues should drop by and perhaps travel along the road to hope and recovery. It is a well travelled road with plenty of signs along the way to help you know that you are not lost and alone. Hopefully, you too will find the information and supportive voices you need to make it easier. 

Now it is time for a personal and private time. I wish her all the best and a great soul restoring and indefinite vacation from 'recovery.'


Anxiety Symptoms

Are you experiencing anxiety? Find out about common symptoms of anxiety and how to manage anxiety with relaxation techniques.


Four Ways to Get Over Trauma
Video by Psychotherapist Bill O'Hanlon


More on Personal Boundaries
Connects to Religion

Adult Bullying:

Is it Happening To You

How You Can

 Fight back


Taking Personal Control: Mind, Body, and Soul

Creating Connections Through Dialogue

For a free Podcast of Rufus May on Voice Hearing go to the Free Downloads page

Request from McMaster University Grad Student in Canada

December 18th, 2011

Next Stop: Personal Empowerment

Note: Inclusion here is not to be considered to be a recommendation by me. Please use your own discernment in the matter.PL

I am inviting you to participate in a research blog (internet journal). In this blog, people who have had experience of the mental health system can review and discuss media that deals with themes of madness/mental illness and/or psychiatric treatment. People who take part can review any kind of creative media which interests them (novels, film, art, music, video games etc.) as long as they fit the theme. Participants may define themselves as psychiatric survivors, psychiatric users/consumers, (ex-)patients or mad people, or they may choose not to use a label. Participants can live anywhere in the world. People who take part must be over the age of 18 and must identify as having had experience of the mental health system.I am a PhD student in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and a psychiatric survivor. As part of my research, I want to find out if people who have had experience of the mental health system interpret media differently because of their experiences. I also want to know what people think about when reading and writing about representations of madness/mental health. I will be exploring the points of view of people who've had experience of the mental health system in a chapter of my thesis. The chapter is about what it would mean to review media from a "mad" perspective. It also talks about the ways psychiatric users and survivors empower themselves by creating networks where they can talk about experiences of mental illness/madness and psychiatric treatment.

The risks of taking part in the research blog will be low; however, some people may find reviewing certain materials depicting madness/mental illness and psychiatric treatment upsetting. You can stop taking part at any time without giving a reason and without consequences to you. Please email me and I will send you a letter which gives you full details about this research blog. This study has been reviewed and cleared by the McMaster Research Ethics Board. If you any have concerns or questions about your rights as a participant or about the way the study is being run you can contact:

The McMaster Research Ethics Board Secretariat

c/o Office of Research Services

Telephone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 23142


I would like to thank you in advance for your time and attention. After two weeks, I will send a one-time follow-up reminder invitation to the group.

PhebeAnn M. Wolframe, MA

PhD Candidate in English

Department of English and Cultural Studies

McMaster University,

Hamilton, Ontario


Following the Leader


Coping Video Below is 49 minutes long



For individuals, members of a people can have a sense of 'belonging' to people's 'reality', only if the others around them are prepared to respond to what they do and say seriously; is if the are treated as a proper participant in that people's 'authoring' of their reality, and not excluded from it in some way. For only then will they feel that the reality in which they live is as much theirs as anyone else's (39)..

John Shotter's

Conversational Realities
Constructing Life through Language

Sage Publications, 1993

Part I: A Rhetorical-Responsive Version of Social Constructionism

Wellness is About Understanding Personal Boundaries; BOTH Yours and Others and Knowing What is in Your Power to 'Fix" and What is Not. If You are from a Dysfunctional Family You May Never Have Really Known This.