of mental health campaigning group to launch
women's wing of the mental health campaigning group Mad Pride is
to launch later this month.
group, called Mad Chicks, describes itself as "the girly section"
of Mad Pride, mental health's equivalent to Gay Pride.
Chicks, which aims to campaign on issues effecting women psychiatric
patients and 'survivors', is backed by, among others, feminist scholar
Lynne Segal, professor of psychology & gender studies at the
University of London
group said it will be campaigning on concerns around mixed wards,
and childcare provision and sexism in the NHS.
Chicks gives a voice to those who are not listened to, or have had
their voices taken away - a theft perpetuated in the much-hated
new mental health bill, which further demonises an already alienated
section of society," said Mad Chicks member Melanie Clifford.
Chicks gives that voice back with a scream. We say listen to the
voices you're hearing, don't take these voices away with forced
Chicks is to mark its launch with a day of events - open to women
only - in Highbury, north London on Saturday, November 27. In characteristic
Mad Pride style, there will be workshops on "creative subversion"
and video screenings by "mad women artists".
include Segal and representatives from the London Disability Arts
the evening there will be rock, dance, stand-up comedy and poetry
performances. This event is open to men and women.
said: "This many mad women together can only change the world
or at least have the best fun in London."
of 'mad' women
author and home-based (Lenton, Nottingham) consultant with Chipmunka
December 9, 2004
attended this event to promote my new book entitled The Cycle Path.
Having travelled all the way to London from Nottingham I was struck
by the warmth and caring, friendly atmosphere from the other women
in the group from the
someone who has suffered from a social phobia for years, I normally
find it really hard to socialise, but have to say that us "mad
" people are a friendly bunch.
I felt real strength and safety coming from a single sex group like
this, and have to comment that there would be more advantages to
be on a single sex ward than a mixed one as a result of this experience."
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