A Brief History of the Psychiatric Survivor Movement

  • Alexandra L. Adame
  • Matthew Morsey
  • Ronald Bassman
  • Kristina Yates


In this chapter, the authors provide an overview of the historical and situational contexts that led to the development of the psychiatric survivor movement in the United States as well as the subsequent mental health advocacy efforts that followed. National policy factors, such as deinstitutionalization of the psychiatric hospital system, as well as the critical zeitgeist of the 1960s and 1970s are considered in this analysis of the movement’s origins. The authors then explore the impact of the early advocacy conferences and the influence of government funding in the ways in which the psychiatric survivor movement developed alongside the consumer movement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandra L. Adame
    • 1
  • Matthew Morsey
    • 2
  • Ronald Bassman
    • 3
  • Kristina Yates
    • 4
  1. 1.Seattle UniversitySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Private PracticeBoulderUSA
  4. 4.RetiredOaklandUSA

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