Power and rights: the psychiatric system survivor movement

  • Vivien Lindow


I’m writing this chapter from personal experience. I lost my twenties to psychiatry. I first went into a mental hospital when I was 19. I spent my thirtieth birthday in my last mental hospital so far. It took me those 11 years of going in and out of big bins and psychiatric units in general hospitals to realize that psychiatry had nothing to offer me. The system did me more harm than good.


Mental Health Mental Health Service Service User Mental Health System Mental Distress 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Advocacy Information Pack (1992) Good Practices in Mental Health, London, tel. 0171 289 2034.Google Scholar
  2. Access to Health (1992) The tomato sauce of the health service: using advocates. Extract in Advocacy Information Pack, Good Practices in Mental Health, London.Google Scholar
  3. Barker, I. and Peck, E. (eds) (1987) Power in Strange Places: User Empowerment in Mental Health Services, Good Practices in Mental Health, London.Google Scholar
  4. Beliappa, J. (1991) Illness or Distress? Alternative Models of Mental Distress, Confederation of Indian Organisations, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, London SW1 7XW.Google Scholar
  5. Bell, S. (1994 edn) Hearing Voices. Send £3 to The Inner Bookshop, 111 Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 IRQ.Google Scholar
  6. Boyle, M. (1990) Schizophrenia: A Scientific Delusion? Routledge and Kegan Paul, London.Google Scholar
  7. Breggin, P. (1993) Toxic Psychiatry, Fontana Paperback, London.Google Scholar
  8. Browne, D. (1990) Black People, Mental Health and the Courts, Afro-Caribbean Mental Health Association, CRE and NACRO, 169 Clapham Road, London SW9 0PU.Google Scholar
  9. Chamberlin, J. (1988) On Our Own: Patient Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System, MIND, Granta House, 15–19 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ.Google Scholar
  10. Dispatches programme (1989) Gorbachev’s Asylums, David Cohen, 11 January, Channel 4.Google Scholar
  11. Dumont, M.P. (1990) In bed together at the market: psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 60(4), pp. 484–485.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Fernando, S. (1991) Mental Health, Race and Culture, Macmillan/MIND, London.Google Scholar
  13. Glasman, D. (1991) The challenge of patient power. Health Service Journal, 5, September, pp. 16-17, and Divided opinions. Health Service Journal, 12, September, p. 20.Google Scholar
  14. Graley, R., Nettle, M. and Wallcraft, J. (eds) (1994) Building on Experience: A training pack for mental health service users working as trainers, speakers and workshop facilitators, Department of Health, London.Google Scholar
  15. Johnstone, L. (1989) Users and Abusers of Psychiatry, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London.Google Scholar
  16. Kitzinger, C. and Perkins, R. (1993) Changing Our Minds: Lesbian Feminism and Psychology, Only Women Press, London.Google Scholar
  17. Laing, J. and McQuarrie, D. (1993) Fifty Years in the System, Corgi, London.Google Scholar
  18. Lindow, V. (1994a) Self-Help Alternatives to Mental Health Services, MIND Publications, Granta House, 15–19 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ, tel: 0181 522 1746, when tone changes dial 223 or 224, concessionary rates for survivors from Survivors Speak Out.Google Scholar
  19. Lindow, V. (1994b) Purchasing Mental Health Services: Self-help Alternatives, MIND Publications, London.Google Scholar
  20. Masson, J. (1989) Against Therapy, Fontana/Collins, London.Google Scholar
  21. Millett, K. (1990) The Loony Bin Trip, Virago, London.Google Scholar
  22. O’Hagan, M. (1993) Stopovers On My Way Home From Mars: A Winston Churchill Fellowship report on the psychiatric survivor movement in the USA, Britain and the Netherlands, Survivors Speak Out.Google Scholar
  23. Pembroke, L.R. (ed.) (1992) Eating Distress: Perspectives from Personal Experience, Survivors Speak Out.Google Scholar
  24. Pembroke, L.R. (ed.) (1994) Self-Harm: Perspectives from Personal Experience, Survivors Speak Out.Google Scholar
  25. Podvoll, E.M. (1990) The Seduction of Madness: A Compassionate Approach to Recovery at Home, Century, London.Google Scholar
  26. Rogers, A., Pilgrim, D. and Lacey, R. (1993) Experiencing Psychiatry: Users’ Views of Services, Macmillan/MIND, London.Google Scholar
  27. Romme, M. and Escher, S. (1993) Accepting Voices, MIND, London.Google Scholar
  28. Russell Davis, D. (1991) The debate on drugs: a personal view. OPENMIND, 49, pp. 10–11.Google Scholar
  29. Showalter, E. (1985) The Female Malady: Women, Madness and Culture 1830–1980, Virago, London.Google Scholar
  30. Survivors’ Poetry: From Dark to Light (1992) Survivors’ Press, London.Google Scholar
  31. Warner, R. (1985) Recovery From Schizophrenia, Routledge and Kegan Paul, London.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. Webb-Johnson, A. (1991) A Cry for Change: An Asian Perspective on Developing Quality Mental Health Care, Confederation of Indian Organisations, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, London SW1 7XW.Google Scholar
  33. Yaskin, Joseph C. (ed) (1992) Nuts and Bolts: A Technical Assistance Guide for Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Self-Help Groups, Project SHARE, Philadelphia, USA.Google Scholar
  34. Zinman, S., Harp, H. and Budd, S. (eds) (1987) Reaching Across: Mental Health Clients Helping Each Other, California Network of Mental Health Clients, 1722 J Street, Suite 324, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA (send $25).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vivien Lindow

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations