You know mental health in the U.S. is in need of reform and want to be part of the solution.
You believe people should not be reduced to their medical diagnosis but don't know where to get information about alternatives.
You are frustrated by a mental health system that hinders people from living full lives and you constantly think to yourself "there has to be another way!"
You know there are numerous other factors that impact our mental health such as trauma, poverty, and race—and you want to know more.
You seek refreshing perspectives about mental health that go beyond our “medicate and separate” institutional model and truly transform lives.
You want to make a difference in the lives of those with mental health-related challenges.
How did we get here?
We review the political and social landscape that bolstered the dominant biopsychiatry model from the 1980s until now.
What's the problem with mental health right now?
We discuss the widespread impacts of big pharma, the marketing of psychotropic medication, and subsequent cultural reforms that shifted us into an age of more "sickness" than ever before.
Where's the resistance?
We provide a brief history of the mad movement and human rights reform in mental health
What about the people who have been through it?
We uplift the power of lived experience, amplify the voices of survivors of trauma and adversity, discuss the rise of the peer specialist role, and reform the system with the power of our stories.
What's the alternative?
We introduce innovative and transformative alternative frameworks for understanding mental health and well-being.
- Health and mental health professionals, including: clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, peer specialists, recovery support specialists, housing specialists, nurse practitioners
- Family members and advocates
- Anyone who works or plans to work with people experiencing mental health-related challenges
We value lived experience as highly as professional training, so each of our courses is led by both a mental health clinician as well as a someone who identifies as a survivor, a mental health service user, and/or someone who has experienced a mental health crisis. This means you will receive holistic and nuanced perspectives from experts by trade and experts by experience.
President of Mind Freedom International
Regional Advocacy Specialist for the New York State Office of Mental Health
Jonah Bossewitch, Ph.D
Educator, Technologist, Activist
Director of Software Architecture and Applications for Vibrant Emotional Health
Sascha DuBrul, MSW
Writer, Educator, Co-Founder of the Icarus Project
Recovery Specialist and Trainer for OnTrackNY
Author of The Hospital Always Wins
Jazmine Russell, NYCPS
Holistic Counselor, Peer Specialist
Co-Founder of IDHA
Bradley Lewis, MD, PhD
Author, Practicing Psychiatrist
Associate Professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study
7 videos full of history, research, and unique perspectives
3 bonus articles written by our faculty and other leaders in the field
"Phenomenal speakers and topics! All very rich and valuable. Information is dense but presented in a very approachable and relatable way."
Frequently Asked Questions
"I loved how the presenters moved in between structural and individual applications! I learned some tools as a supporter on an individual level but also some food for thought on ways I can contribute to broader changes in the system, or outside of it."