CityViews: Is New York’s Mental-Health System Listening to the Peers Who’ve Lived It?

Originally posted in City Limits  By Noah Phillips Unless you have direct experience with New York City’s mental health infrastructure, you are likely unaware of a unique set of professionals known as Peer Specialists, or Peer Workers. Peers are certified individuals with lived experience of mental health challenges who utilize … Continue reading

The Spiritual Gift of Madness

In a couple weeks I’m speaking on a panel called: New Mad Pride Movement: “Schizophrenics” and “Bipolars” as the New Spiritual Vanguard? at the Left Forum with Seth Farber who wrote the book The Spiritual Gift of Madness: The Failure of Psychiatry and the Rise of the Mad Pride Movement. John … Continue reading

People’s DSM Project

Friends: I have a to take a class for Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College this summer called “Human Behavior 3” which is basically a bunch of students having to memorize the DSM-V. I’ve been putting off learning the DSM for many years (see this essay I wrote … Continue reading

Cracks in the Biopsychiatric Armor: Redefining Mental Illness Together

Earlier this week we had visitors to New York City from the British Psychology Society come to share their most recent publication: Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia. The NYC Icarus Project invited Anne Cooke and Peter Kinderman to Bluestockings Bookstore and Cafe to give a well received presentation. The video is … Continue reading

Connecting the Dots: Disability Incarcerated

“Is it surprising” asked Michel Foucault, “that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons”? Thus begins, Disability Incarcerated, a recent book about the intersection between disability justice activism and the Prison Industrial Complex. It is the first book of its kind, recently published, and it is actively … Continue reading