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June 3, 2004

Mental Health Care in America To Be Topic of Panel Discussion at Smith

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- At 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, the Smith College School for Social Work and Freedom Center will host a panel discussion titled "Mad in America: Missing Voices in Mental Health Care."

The event -- which will take place in the Carroll Room, Campus Center 208, at Smith College -- is free and open to the public.

Presentations will be made by Boston Globe medical journalist Robert Whitaker and international disability rights activist Judi Chamberlin, with comments following by Freedom Center co-founder Will Hall and social justice activist Carol Owen. The discussion will be facilitated by Fred Newdom, owner of Pro-Act consulting.

Panelist Descriptions:
Robert Whitaker, Boston Globe medical journalist, Pulitzer Award nominee, author of "Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill"
Judi Chamberlin, international disability rights activist, psychiatric survivor, longtime leader of the movement for civil rights for people labeled with mental illness and author of "On Our Own: Patient Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System"
Will Hall, co-founder of Freedom Center, a Pioneer Valley advocacy organization managed by and for people labeled with serious mental illness, which works for human rights, genuine informed consent, holistic alternatives and treatments based on choice.
Carol Owen, adjunct faculty member of Smith School for Social Work, member of social welfare action alliance, social justice activist working for full social and economic inclusion for people with disabilities.

For more information about the event, e-mail Abigail Waugh, at


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