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This section of our website is currently being restructured. Please be patient with us as we endeavour to make this section more usable. Do contact us if there are resources that you know of that might be of interest to other consumers.

Our Consumer Place's Top 11 picks

We thought it would be helpful to offer the pick of our favourite resources here. Choosing just eleven was not easy, but this is what we came up with (in no particular order):

Intentional Peer Support
Website created by Shery Mead (long-time psychiatric survivor activist from New Hampshire, US), explaining what Intentional Peer Support (IPS) is, and how and why she has come to develop IPS. We cannot over-emphasise how influential Intentional Peer Support has been to our work here at Our Consumer Place.

Thinking about suicide: Contemplating and Comprehending the Urge to Die
This website and blog was created in 2010 by Dr David Webb, who is a Melbourne-based psychosocial disability and human rights activist. David is also - we believe - the first person in the world to complete a PhD on suicide by a suicide survivor (someone who has himself attempted suicide). His work highlights that to understand suicide, we need to listen to the first-person voice (suicide survivors) and engage with the spiritual crisis, or "crisis of the self," that suicide involves.

Merinda Epstein - A Consumer Activist's Guide to Mental Health in Australia
This site is filled with Merinda's cartoons - extraordinary social commentary on a diverse array of mental health subjects - as well as her remarkably accessible personal and intellectual reflections on the mental health system, after more than 20 years of deep engagement. [This link was included in this clearinghouse while Merinda's back was turned (she's far too modest to admit what an incredible website she has created).]

Introducing Mad People's History / by David Reville
This brief (5:13) video on YouTube is a great introdution to mad people's history (as opposed to the history of psychiatry). David Reville is an instuctor in the School of Disability Studeis at Ryerson University.

Like Minds, Like Mine (N.Z.)
Again, we don't really have anything in Australia like New Zealand's anti-discrimination campaign called "Like Minds, Like Mine." This campaign is based on people with lived experiences of mental illness sharing their experiences - at a grass-roots level and as part of a national advertising campaign. The focus is not limited to that awfully unclear word "stigma" and isnt' about teaching people all the "signs and symptoms" of mental illness. Instead, it's about really challenging discriminatory attitudes and behaviours.

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC)
In VMIAC's own words: "The VMIAC is the peak Victorian non-government organisation for people who have experience with a mental illness or emotional distress. VMIAC engages in a number of activities, which include information provision, advice, mutual support and self- help, individual, group and systemic advocacy, research and evaluation, and education and training."

National Empowerment Centre (U.S.)
Recovery stories, consumer run organizations, publications, resources and links, articles. This is the organisation that Our Consumer Place was most directly inspired by.

Mindfreedom.org (U.S.)
Mind Freedom International (MFI) is an independent nonprofit coalition defending human rights and promoting humane alternatives for mental and emotional wellbeing. Based in the US, Mind Freedom has affiliates around the world.

The Brook Recovery, Empowerment & Development Centre (Brisbane)
Based in Brisbane, this consumer-run peer-support centre uses Intentional Peer Support. They are onto a good thing and are rapidly expanding and growing stronger. An inspiration to us all!

Pathfinders: consumer participation in mental health and other services: Evidence based strategies for the ways ahead. By Allan Pinches, 2004.
This participatory action research captures such important insights into what makes consumer participation and work thrive (or not). Rich with insight, sophisticated, practical and well-grounded.

The essential U & I: a one-volume presentation of the findings of a lengthy grounded study of whole systems change towards staff-consumer collaboration for enhancing mental health services / edited by Yoland Wadsworth, 2001
This study involved consumers and staff engaging in real dialogue about how things could be better. The research findings were actually published in several volumes, but this is the summary. Even though it's more than a decade old now, it's unbelievably relevant and deeply insightful.

Creative productions

"Consumer man" / by Keir Saltmarsh
This hilarious (2 min) video was one of the winners of the National Standards for Mental Health Services Poster & Video Competition. Check it out here .

Desert Storm / by Heidi Everett
Singer song-writer and mental health advocate, Heidi Everett's powerful song and video "Desert Storm" about mental illness is deeply powerful and we think it should be broadcast on television!

Minds Unleashed: A Collection of Poetry by People with a Mental Illness
Originally an off-shoot from "Glimpses," (see below, in the section under "stories") this colletion of poetry from 56 consumers is valuable for the creative expressions, for poetry's capacity to express things that prose struggles to capture and for the breadth of consumer expression.

Email lists, newsletters, networks

Want to get linked in to the consumer community/movement in Victoria or Australia or internationally? Here are some networks that you might be interested in joining. Some of them seek a membership fee, but the rest are free to join:

OzMad (an Australian email list, @yahoogroups.com).
This is how they describe themselves: "OZMad is an elist fighting for the human rights of People with Psychosocial Disabilities in Australia and Internationally. We demand the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which no longer permits forced medication or hospitalization and requires Governments to end substituted decision making and Guardianship. The Convention requires Governments to provide support to all People with Disabilities make their own decisions in all aspects in their lives and particular when exercising our legal rights. This group will challenge the old institutional methods of substituted decision making and forced treatment. Users, Survivors and friends are welcome to join this elist to challenge the old status quo." If you are interested in joining, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OZMad/

VMIAC (The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, who send out regular, informative emails)
VMIAC is a consumer-run advocacy, information and support organisation, based in Victoria (see more detail in the description of VMIAC above). If you are interested in becoming a member (which includes receiving regular newsletters and updates), go to www.vmiac.org.au/membership.php

Psych Ward Showdown (A facebook group, Based in Melbourne, but extending nationally and internationally)
In the words of one of the founders:" ... the internet has become an integral and exciting media for people around the world to talk with each other about things like mental illness and mental health. One of the biggest global conversations to emerge, is with those of us who have experienced a violation of human rights in the mental health system and through the hardset medical approach of psychiatry. The consumer & carer voice is gathering energy to address the increasing problem load appearing from within the system itself. We're ready for a complete and utter overhaul of our public mental health system by governments world wide. The future of mental health must incorporate the consumer, carer and alternate health treatment perspectives as an EQUAL to that of psychiatry." If you are interested in joining this list, either search for "Psych Ward Showdown" on Facebook, or get in touch with us here at OCP and we can point you in the right direction.

Websites and blogs

Consumer Academic: Cath Roper
Employed in the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, at the University of Melbourne, Cath Roper is Australia's first consumer academic. Cath teaches from a consumer perspective, has collaborated with other consumers and academic staff in research, and is actively building networks of consumer thinkers and leaders.

IWAMHS Consumer Participation (Inner West Area Mental Health Service - Melbourne)
Facilitates improvement of the quality of the service by getting consumer feedback and suggestions for improvements, and by presenting the Consumer Perspective to clinical staff.

Michael Lockwood's blog.
Michael Lockwood's blog reflections on life and life with depression.

Keepwell Ltd.
Arana Pearson, the director of Keepwell Ltd, has provided consumer consultancy, facilitation and training for mental health since 1993.

Borderlands website (Victoria)
Provides consultancy to service providers, government and community organisations in the form of program, service and organisational evaluation, social impact research and needs analysis.

The Joanna Briggs Institute
Aims to improve the health status of the global population through the delivery of health care that is based on the best available evidence.

National Perceptions Forum (UK)
A forum which gives an active voice to people who hear voices, people who have perceptions which "normal people" aren't able to observe, people with schizophrenia, psychosis, paranoia, mental illness, hebephrenia, mania, schizophrenic spectrum disorders, and other forms of madness.

Talks, research papers and journal articles

The little purple book of Community Rep-ing
This resource booklet is full of advice and tips for being a "representative," for example, in consultations or on committees. It's full of useful tips and wonderfully astute cartoons. It's remarkably easy to read and dense with political awareness.

Consumers-the critical reference group for mental health reform. / By Merinda Epstein.
Merinda Epstein elaborates the role of consumers as the "critical reference group" in mental health reform, including providing some historical depth.

Recovery: what the consumer movement says about recovery. / By Allan Pinches
Allan Pinches presents a rich analysis of the history of "recovery" and what consumers mean when we talk about "recovery."

Real Lives, Real Jobs. / By Wanda Bennetts
This report is a useful resource for working through the issues associated with consumer workers.

Dialogue Across Difference: Between Users and Staff of Acute Adult Psychiatric Hospital Services / Yoland Wadsworth / Paper to Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Methods Conference, "Reclaiming Voice", 1997

Consumers as tutors - legitimate teachers? / Cathy Owen, Rebecca Reay / BMC Medical Education, 2004

Consumer-Driven Health Plans: Are They More Than Talk Now? / Jon R. Gabel, Anthony T. Lo Sasso, and Thomas Rice / Health Affairs, 2002

Consumer-driven report into Consumer Participation and Leadership at Neami
In 2009-2010, Neami, a Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Service (PDRSS), conducted an audit of their consumer participation and leadership. The final report is now available, based on extensive consultation with consumers at Neami, as well as staff, manages, board members and others. The full report is available here, and a summary is available here. Hopefully this resource will be of value to other services who engage consumers and are thinking about how to do so more effectively.

Consumer / Survivor Stories

Glimpses: A compilation of uncensored real life experiences with Mental Illness
59 personal stories by people with 'mental illness,' collected by Nicci Wall. Stories are categorised by diagnosis, and the collection includes a foreword by Assoc. Prof. Neil Cole and a list of supports for both consumers and carers.

A bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English (5th edition)
Collated by Gail Hornstein a Professor of Psychology in Massachusetts (USA), this is an amazing list of first-person accounts of madness. Gail argues that the lived experiences of people who have been diagnosed are at least as important as the theories of doctors. This bibliography is part of her contribution to this understanding.

Peter Beresford
As one of the first "out" mental health service users to become a professor in the US, Peter is endeavoring to improve the Social Work course structure to be more inclusive of people with mental health issues.

Getting some action at a National level - the lament of a tired campaigner - Merinda Epstein
Merinda discusses the politics of mental health based on the stories of consumers, and describes some unintended consequences of the Mental Heath Act and actions of some mental health organisations.

C & C Project: Consumer and carer experiences of care Survey
Building on the recommendations of the Review of the 2003-2004 Victorian Survey, the project, incorporates new ways of collecting information about experiences of care, feeding it back to staff and participants, and facilitating consumer and carer involvement in service quality improvement.

Views on Severe Mental Illness
Articles by survivors / National Perceptions Forum (UK)

What we Think about "The System"
Articles by survivors / National Perceptions Forum (UK)

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Consumer Support Sites

Consumers may find further relevant information on one of the following websites:

Office of the Health Services Commissioner
Provides information to assist health consumers to understand their rights in regards to health information, and assists with conciliation and complaint resolution. Outcomes are used to recommend improvements to services.

Mental Health Foundation (Vic)
Promotes mental health and positive attitudes towards mental health issues.

Mental Health Legal Centre
Provides a free and confidential legal service to anyone who has experienced mental illness in Victoria where their legal problem relates to their mental illness.

Mental Health Review Board of Victoria
Conducts reviews of, and hears appeals by psychiatric patients being treated involuntarily either as inpatients or on community treatment orders. Information is included on consumer rights, the Mental Health Act 1986 and other Australian mental health tribunals.

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
Runs programs to support and represent people with a severe mental illness and their carers.

Australian Mental Health Consumer Network
This was the the peak, national non-government mental health consumer organisation representing the interests of Australian mental health consumers. We keep this link here as a place-holder, hoping that it will be reborn soon!

CAN Mental Health
An independent, consumer run organisation for people with a mental illness. Promotes and enhances mental health wellbeing and recovery.

The Inner West Consumer Advisory Group (Melbourne)
Provides an opportunity for consumers to meet and discuss common goals, particularly in relation to issues regarding the feedback, evaluation and improvement of services at Inner West AMHS.

The Queensland Alliance
Represents the Mental Health Community Sector, meeting the needs of people with mental illness or psychiatric disability, including consumer groups, family and carer groups and non-government community-based service providers across Queensland.

Pitane Recovery Centre
A consumer run recovery centre in metropolitan Sydney.

Spectrum: The Personality Disorder Service for Victoria
A service in Victoria that was established to support the treatment of people who have severe or borderline personality disorder. Spectrum provides a range of programs to support mental health clinicians and their clients.

Mental Health Coordinating Council
Aims to provide leadership and representation on mental health issues and to improve the mental health of the community by promoting and developing non-government organisations in NSW to provide strong quality services.

Black Dog Institute
An educational, research, clinical and community-oriented centre dedicated to improving the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders. Includes on-line learning programs.

Resource Centres

Mind, UK
We don't really have organisations like this in Australia, alas. While Mind UK is a "mental health charity," (in their own words) "People who experience mental distress are always at the very heart of our work. We listen and make sure their voices are heard by those who influence change." This isn't limited to the tokenistic "participation" of consumers who are pro-medical model, either. This real embeddedness of lived experience shows in their work. For example, when they give information about Borderline Personality Disorder, the first thing they state is that "Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a controversial diagnosis," and one of the first questions they offer is "What if I disagree with the diagnosis?" ... This isn't the kind of critical thinking approach our Australian "mental health charities" tend to take.

Psychiatric disability Services of Victoria - Resource Centre and Library Catalogue
Training, policy and research: subjects include psychiatric disabilities, mental illness, psychosocial rehabilitation, employment, supported housing, service management, recreation, mutual support and self help, gender issues, dual disabilities and government policy.

National mental health consumer clearing house (U.S.)
News and alerts, training curricula, resources, publications, technical assistance

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (UK)
Criminal justice, mental health policy, removing barriers.

Mental Health Community Coalition ACT
Participation, peer support and recovery; news, photo gallery, links.

Consumer & Community Resource Centre: The Black Dog Institute
Resource Centre and Library in Randwick, NSW, providing books, DVDs, audio tapes, activities and events to members Australia-wide.

MIND (UK)
Information produced by Mind including factsheets, booklets, legal information, conferences and training, drug information and links to other organisations.

Mental Health Consumers and Carers - Adelaide University Library
This page contains links to sites which contain information about consumers and their involvement with mental health services, and information for consumers on various mental disorders and their treatment.

Multicultural mental health Australia
Builds greater awareness of mental health and suicide prevention amongst Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Includes news, fact sheets (multi lingual), a newsletter, glossary and translation information.

Mental Health Review Board patient information
Information for involuntary patients in Victoria.

Safety and Quality in Victoria's Public mental health services - Resources
Links to State and Federal bodies dealing with health care standards and research.

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Books that can be downloaded

The following publications are available in full text via the link provided.

Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs
The Icarus Project and Freedom Center's 40-page guide gathers the best information we've come across and the most valuable lessons we've learned about reducing and coming off psychiatric medication. Includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, psychiatric drug withdrawal, information for people staying on their medications, detailed Resource section, and much more. A 'harm reduction' approach means not being pro- or anti-medication, but supporting people to make their own decisions balancing the risks and benefits involved. Written by Will Hall, with a 14-member health professional Advisory Board providing research assistance and 24 other collaborators involved in developing and editing. The guide has photographs and art throughout, and a beautiful original cover painting by Ashley McNamara.

Consumer Participation And Carer Participation Across Mental Health Act: A Framework For Action / Produced for Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Practice by ACT Health, 2007.
Sets out the principles for participation and the structures required for continuous improvements to the quality of relationships between consumers, carers and staff of Mental Health ACT, and the quality of services. Integral to participation is growth of individuals, groups and organisations.

Pathways to Policy / Edited by Jonathan Bureau and Jane Shears, 2007.
This toolkit enables NGOs and user groups to promote the voice of service users in the development of mental health policy.

Making Recovery a Reality / Geoff Shepherd, Jed Boardman & Mike Slade, 2008.
Mental health services need to change radically to focus on recovery. They need to demonstrate success in helping service users to get their lives back and giving service users the chance to make their own decisions about how they live their lives.

The Clearinghouse Toolkit and Technical Assistance Catalog / National Mental Health Consumer Self-Help Clearinghouse Project
These guides are designed to meet the needs of individual consumers and consumer-run businesses and services. Each in-depth guide contains detailed and useful information and is based on extensive research. Basic guides provide concise introductions to topics of importance to consumers.

Self-Help Toolkit / National Mental Health Consumer Self-Help Clearinghouse Project
A set of materials that can be used to build a self-help group. The Toolkit includes two technical assistance guides: Starting A Self-Help/Advocacy Group and Raising Money for your Self-Help/Advocacy Group.

Thinking about a drug-free future for mental health services / By Jim Read
Discusses the effectiveness of alternative treatments to drug use in treating mental illness from a consumer's perspective.


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Books for sale/loan

You can have a look at some parts of some of these books online.

Users and Abusers of Psychiatry: A Critical Look at Psychiatric Practice / Lucy Johnston, 2000
A critical account of the day-to-day practice of psychiatry; the author argues that the traditional way of treating mental illness can often exacerbate people's original difficulties leaving them powerless, disabled and distressed.

Mental Health Matters: A Reader / Tom Heller, 2000
A collection of texts which challenge traditional understandings of mental health, emphasising the perspectives of mental health service-users.

In the same boat : the self help kit Collective of Self Help and Social Action Groups, 1998.
A book about self help and social change; ways to start groups and keep them going well.

Working Alongside People With Long Term Mental Health Problems / Rachel Perkins, Julie Repper, 1999
Concentrates specifically on working as allies with individuals who are seriously disabled by mental health problems on a day-to-day basis, enabling the user to gain control of their own destiny as far as possible.

Social Inclusion and Recovery: A Model for Mental Health Practice / Julie Repper, Rachel Perkins, 2003
Takes as its starting point the lived experience of recovery which is the process whereby individuals can be helped to understand and come to terms with their illness. The role and actions of mental health professionals is explored as part of the process of recovery.

Dilemmas in Community Mental Health Practice: Choice Or Control / Rachel Perkins, Julie Repper, 1998
Links policy, theory and research with the expertise of service providers and users to explore the major debates concerning the provision of mental health services.

Theory and practice of service involvement in research: making the connection with public policy and practice / Lesley Lowes, Ian Hulatt, 2005
What is the purpose of service user involvement in health and social care research? Can service users be involved beyond tokenism to making a valued and full contribution?

On Our Own, Together: Peer Programs for People with Mental Illness / edited by Sally Clay, 2005
Describes the inner workings of eight successful peer-run services for mental health consumers, including drop-in centers, educational programs, and peer support/mentoring programs.

Beyond the divide: women's experiences in rural Victorian psychiatric rehabilitation services / Marg Brooks., 2000

Mental health consumer participation in a culturally diverse society / Andrew Sozomenou [et al.], 2000

Building quality : a report of the quality assurance project for self help & mutual support programs / VICSERV, 1997.

Can I call this home?: an evaluation of the Victorian Housing and Support Program for people with psychiatric disabilities / Belinda Robson, 1995

Pathfinders - Consumer participation in mental health and other services: evidence based strategies for the ways ahead / Allan Pinches, 2004

The essential U & I: a one-volume presentation of the findings of a lengthy grounded study of whole systems change towards staff-consumer collaboration for enhancing mental health services / edited by Yoland Wadsworth, 2001

Understanding and involvement (U&I): consumer evaluation of acute psychiatric hospital practice: A project's beginnings / Merinda Epstein, Yoland Wadsworth, 1994

A Model for CALD consumer participation in mental health: a report on the multicultural consumer and community participation in mental health project / Marina Chand, 2005

Consumer participation: an action plan for consumer involvement in Victoria's public mental health services. / Metropolitan Health & Aged Care Services Division, Dept of Human Services, 2007.

Victorian strategy for safety and quality in public mental health services: 2004-2008 / Metropolitan Health and Aged Care Services, 2004

Consumer and carer participation policy: a framework for the mental health sector / National Consumer and Carer Forum, 2004

Speaking from experience: the work of consumer and carer advocates in educating mental health professionals / Mark J. Loughhead, 2005

An evaluation of the consumer participation in staff selection strategy at Northern Area Mental Health Service : final report / prepared by Lyndall Grimshaw, 2004

Journeys to wellness: a consumer and carer perspective on mental health issues : stories of the mentally ill of Tenterfield, New South Wales in their own words. / 2005

Measuring and Responding to Consumer Perceptions and Experiences of Adult Mental Health Services: Stage One - Final Report and Recommendations / Gillian Malins, David (Photgr), 2005

Reports / Publications / Conference Papers

Consumer self-rated outcome measures in mental health: A report to the Mental Health Branch, Department of Human Services / Oct 2003.
A comparative analysis of the consumer self-rating outcome measures now in use in mental health services throughout Australia, identifying international best practice, and making recommendations towards a uniform national approach.

Voice, identity and coercion: the consumer/survivor movement in acute public psychiatric services / Julie Johnstone / PhD Thesis - The University of Melbourne, 2002.

Promoting Consumer Participation in Mental Health Research: A National Workshop / Centre for Mental Health research / The Australian National University, September, 2004 / Kathleen Griffiths et. al.

Participatory Action Research in a Psychiatric Unit / PhD Thesis, Victoria University / Robyn Anne Mills, 2006.
The experiences of working in an acute psychiatric unit were investigated in this research, undertaken in an acute psychiatric unit of a major public hospital in Melbourne. The design focused on bringing staff and consumers of psychiatric services together with an aim to develop new work practices for mental health practitioners.

"Let's face it! She's just too f*****d" - the politics of borderline personality disorder. / Merinda Epstein
Explores some of the central issues that compound the situation for women labeled as having borderline in the judicial and forensic systems in which mental health services are interwoven.

Audio / Radio Programs

Regular radio shows:

Brain waves, on 3CR (Melbourne)
Brain waves is a radio program produced and presented (in Melbourne) by people with lived experience of mental illness. It is broadcast on 855AM on Wednesdays 5 - 5.30PM, but is also available on the internet. Brainwaves brings you interesting guests, heart-warming stories, great information and some laughs as well. It is sponsored by the Mental Illness Fellowship, Victoria.

Madness radio, from America
Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health brings you personal experiences of 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, and also features authors, advocates, scientists, and artists. Broadcast from Massachusetts, USA.
Including Australian suicidologist and suicide survivor, David Webb's debut on Madness Radio: Go to this episode on the Madness Radio site: http://www.madnessradio.net/madness-radio-talking-about-suicidal-feelings-david-webb or dowload the episode file directly: http://www.madnessradio.net/audio/download/213/MadnessRadio-2011-09-01TalkingAboutSuicidalFeelingsDavidWebb.mp3

The nutters club, from New Zealand
Entertainer, comedian and famous sufferer of depression, Mike King, hosts The Nutters Club. Clinical Psychologist David Codyre joins Mike and offers his celebrity guests a therapy session on the programme. Broadcast from Northland, New Zealand.

Once-off radio shows:

Mental health laws and coercive treatment - Life Matters / Radio National 12/11/12
A conversation about coercive psychiatric treatment on Life Matters (Radio National) between Professor Bernadette McSherry (Law School Monash University), Dr Christopher Ryan (Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist, Discipline of Psychiatry and the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney), Flick Grey (Our Consumer Place), and Pat Sutton (Carers Australia mental health carer representative). Hosted by Natasha Mitchell.

Thinking about suicide:one survivor's perspective - All in the Mind / Radio National 4/12/10
From the program introduction: "David Webb has penned what's described as 'the world's first PhD on suicide by someone who has attempted it'. He suggests we need to honour suicidal feelings as real, legitimate, important and 'a sacred part of the human story'. But how does this view sit with health campaigns urging us to understand suicidal thoughts as a sign of untreated mental illness? An opportunity to hear a voice absent from the public conversation about suicide - that of an attempt survivor..." And we hear on the grapevine that it was one of the most commented-upon programs, so check out the "comments" section of the program website too.

Social inclusion and mental health - Australia talks Back / Radio National 7/5/08
The Mental Health Coordinating Council in NSW has recently released a document which 'brings together the evidence linking mental health, recovery from mental illness, and the principles of social inclusion.' If social inclusion is relevant to recovering from mental health, how can it be supported?

Deep listening: working with Indigenous mental distress - All in the Mind / Radio National 7/7/07
Transcript from radio program

Out of our Minds - Disability Day 2010 / 3CR 3/12/10
Originally broadcast on International Day of People with Disabilities 2010. Presented by Piers Gooding and Flick Grey. Feat: Our Consumer Place Co-ordinator Merinda Epstein, long-time activist, advocate, writer/ researcher and cartoonist in the 'mental health' consumer movement Dr. David Webb, Melbourne-based psych survivor, academic, author, activist and disability advocate.
[To find the link, scroll down to "Out of Our Minds" (9:30am)]