Like many of the witnesses who provided verbal testimony during today’s public hearing on mental health, I would like to thank Attorney General James for holding this hearing and for providing a venue for everyone to have a voice in addressing problems within our mental healthcare system: in my five years of involvement with mental health advocacy in western New York, I have never been made aware of any kind of public hearing of this nature; it is a first in my experience, and I hope it sets a precedent for similar venues for open communication between the mental healthcare system and the community members affected by it. I’d like to introduce myself.Continue reading “Attorney General Letitia James’ Public Hearing on Mental Health in Buffalo, NY: Witness Testimony Against ECMC’s Psychiatric Program”
The Barbara Project
Madwomen in the Attic is excited to announce that during the upcoming MITA year, we will launch The Barbara Project.
The Barbara Project is a mental health literacy and advocacy project that aims to bring readers and reading into psychiatric facilities. Continue reading “The Barbara Project”
Justice for Barbara Warren-Jones
In 2017, while I was incarcerated against my will in a psychiatric institution in Buffalo, NY for ten days, I shared a room with a woman I will never forget.
She was Barbara to me at the time, although on one occasion, I asked her for her last name and I wrote it down in my composition notebook. Tonight, I looked through the pages of that notebook for her name. I have not been able to bear to look at what I had written during my time in hell with my friend until now. I found what I could handle reading for tonight. Three words:
Barbara Warren Jones. Continue reading “Justice for Barbara Warren-Jones”
The Right to Write: Woolf’s Desks and MITA’S Literacy Mission
Dear MITA Women,
It is our organization’s belief that it is essential that women and girls have access to writing utensils, paper, and a writing desk. Continue reading “The Right to Write: Woolf’s Desks and MITA’S Literacy Mission”