Ryerson Annual Activist Lecture
Deemphasizing psychiatric diagnosis in postsecondary academic accommodation: A radical reimagining
Intro to Tai Chi
Panel discussion – Anti-black Racism & Madness
Peer Supporter Strategy and Discussion Session
Improv Workshop for Anxiety
Introduction to Mindful Living
Friendly Spike Theatre Band – “What’s Next…the Big C”
MADx by night
Mad Hatter Street Fair & Marketplace along with the Mad Hatter Tea Party, Hat Showcase, & Contest
Mad Pride Week is all about great culture and arts, including at MADx, SOS and the Mad Hatter Street Fair. For those of you who missed it, Tim Brown appeared on the Arts and Culture program at CJRU The Scope at Ryerson, on July 5, 2016.
What did he miss? Let us know in the comments. [Please note that Tim’s lungs were crushed under 2.5 atmospheres of anxiety throughout most of the interview].
Mad Pride Week 2016 began July 11 at Ryerson University at the Ryerson Annual Activist Lecture by Navi Dhanota. The speakers and questions unearthed challenges and insights into activism in the education system and beyond: from community organizing to litigation.
Members of the Mad Pride Toronto Planning Group welcomed students, faculty, activists and the public.
Dialectical Living answered our seven questions about their workshop and Mad Pride. Check out the Introduction to Mindful Living workshop at Mad Pride Week Toronto on Friday, July 15 at Ryerson University (4:30-5:45 SHE 660 (99 Gerrard St E, near Jarvis)) [Full event list]
Q. What are you most excited about with your workshop at Mad Pride?
1. Dialectical Living is most excited about sharing with Mad activists and allies the innumerable benefits of mindfulness in everyday life on July 15th at Ryerson University (4:30 – 5:45 pm SHE 660 (99 Gerrard St E, near Jarvis)). Thanks to Mad volunteers for setting up this great space.
Q What do we need to know about you and your Mad Self (as a group or individual)?
2. What you need to know about Dialectical Living is we are a peer based organization. That means all Dialectical Living employees and volunteers have lived experience.
Q How do you describe your experience with madness?
3. Our peers have various experiences with madness. One of our peer workers, Kristen, wrote a great piece on being a mother with a mental health history. Check it out!
- What are you most excited about with your new book, Asylum Squad: The Jung Ones 2?
- What do we need to know from previous issues to understand the new book?
It helps to have at least read The Jung Ones pt 1, even better to have read Monster Hospital 1 & 2. There are recaps in each new volume of events that occurred in previous books. Basically, at this point, Liz Madder and company are well into the Ajna Project: an experimental drug treatment program based on Jungian psychiatry, that they signed up for, and were accepted into, during their stay at St Dymphna’s psychiatric hospital.
- How do you describe your experience with madness?
- What does Mad Pride mean to you?
Here’s your Guide to a Mad Week…
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Note to the Reader: Terms like mad, crazy, drunk, or junkie are often harmful in that they have historically been used to marginalize people with mental health challenges. In an effort to reclaim harmful language, this article includes mad as a term of empowerment for those who have been excluded socially and/or pathologized by the clinicians, hospitals and rehab centres that have “treated” them. The title “Mad in Islam”, then, refers to Muslims and their allies who recognize the need for programs and services established by Muslim communities for mad Muslims.
The surah Al-Ma’idah (the table spread) – a chapter of the Qur’an – states: “Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist?” (5.91) Intoxicants, but in particular alcohol, create a spiritual barrier between God and the believer. While scripture does not provide much explanation as to what establishes this barrier, the dulling properties of alcohol are a detriment to prescribed activities, like salaat – prayer – or iqraa – the study of scripture –, that require alertness and authentic intention. (more…)
Editor: Do you, or people around you, blame yourself, others, diagnosis, society or do you recognize that “Something happened to me”
It took me a long time to acknowledge that I had been through multiple traumatic experiences. The first time I heard a therapist refer to my emotional reactions as the result of trauma I stopped seeing her. I wasn’t ready to acknowledge that people had done things to me that have left a lasting mark. I wasn’t taught that people could or had hurt me. I was taught that I was hurting myself. The message that I received, loud and clear, as a teen was that everything was the fault of my mental illness and that I was solely responsible for everything that had happened to me. I was on a constant quest to fix myself so people would like me. I believed that people treated me poorly because I was difficult, sad, annoying, and impulsive. It never occurred to me that the poor treatment I received meant there was something wrong with them and how they saw me as a person. (more…)