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    Reflections on the First Month of Talk with Tenney

    In a burst of energy in the middle of the night of May 16, 2014, I decided to establish a call-in radio talk show. Uncertain of what this really entailed, I embarked on this journey and have become more amazed with each step. One of the main findings of the (de)VOICED, research I conducted through the PhD Program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, was that when people speak out against the biomedical model of psychiatry, they are silenced and retaliated against. I thought, in the middle of the night a month ago, that if there was a public place that people could call-in and discuss their experiences with and perspectives on psychiatry, that they would.

    I am amazed at the response and thank all of the people who have assisted in making this happen! The first month of the Talk with Tenney show, which airs 9-11 PM Eastern Time has been listened to over 3,000 times, has had dozens of callers, and two specials on electroshock. Guests, from the United States and Canada have included people who are:

    Psychiatric survivors;
    Users of psychiatry;
    Life Coaches;
    Peer workers;
    Authors of books and articles on psychiatry and anti-psychiatry;
    Psychologists who work to expose psychiatry; and
    Those who have stumbled over the show, calling in to learn about these human rights violations that psychiatry commits, which they thought were long-ended.

    When I look through my notes of all of the information that guests call in to discuss, I am overwhelmed. Two main themes people call in to talk about are the pain that people experience because of their involvement with psychiatry and ways that they have worked to overcome that pain. People who are survivors of all kinds of human rights violations, including electroshock, forced drugging, restraints, seclusion, and aversive behavior modification, involuntary institutionalization and involuntary outpatient commitment call in and share intimate accounts of their lives, the torture and abuse they have been subjected to, and a desire to reach others who may be struggling, to let them know that they are not alone. Topics that callers called in to talk about include but are not limited to:

    Psychiatric drugs;
    Psychiatric drugging of children;
    Involuntary Outpatient Commitment and Community Treatment Orders
    Laws and pending legislation (i.e. HR 3717);
    State Policy and regulation;
    Restraints, Seclusion, and Aversives;
    Psychiatric Profiling;
    Police killing people who are psychiatrically labeled and police as first-responders;
    Mental Patients Liberation Movement of the 1960s - '80s;
    Peer industry;
    Protection and Advocacy;
    LGBTQI2SA and psychiatry;
    Oppression, discrimination; and over-representation of people of color involved with court-ordered psychiatry;
    Holistic medicine
    Social Control;
    Psychiatric Labeling;
    Preventive Detention;
    Confronting NAMI and TAC;
    Peer Certification and Medicaid Billable Peer Services;
    Spiritual Alternatives;
    Support networks;
    Civil Rights;
    Human Rights;
    Constitutional Rights;
    Patients Rights;
    Psychiatric Malpractice;
    RICO law suits (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)
    HIPPAA and tips for obtaining your medical records for litigation purposes;
    As well as continued mention by guests of organizations and resources such as: Soteria House; Hearing Voices Network; Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support Guidebook; Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs; a wealth of information from the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights; MindFreedom International; ECT Justice; End of Shock; the Electroshock Quotationary; and a wealth of information from Mad in America.

    The two specials, so far: Electroshock: A Crime Against Humanity and Electroshock: Informed Consent and Litigation Strategies were over-flowing with information and resources. There are upcoming specials being created on:

    trauma-informed care;
    involuntary outpatient commitment;
    psychiatry and children and young people;
    the dangers of psychiatric drugs; and
    suing your psychiatrist.

    On June 26, 2014 from 8-10 PM there will be a special: Talk with Tenney: A Conversation with Dr. Bonnie Burstow. You can tune in for a lively conversation shining light on psychiatry and efforts to resist against it, in Canada and across the world. Dr. Bonnie Burstow's work over the years on exposing the abuse and torture people -- particularly women --have endured at the hands of psychiatry is expansive, and dates back decades. Her work on exposing electroshock as a crime against humanity needs attention. We will discuss the fight against psychiatry, the battle in academia, being silenced and obstructed, and strategic activism, and different efforts Dr. Burstow has been involved in including Psychiatry Disrupted, Psychiatry Interrogated, and Psychiatry and the Business of Madness will be at hand.

    Despite this overwhelming response, prior to the show every night I get a knot in my stomach and experience a wave of nausea, afraid I will be caught out there for 2 hours, talking to myself, in public. A dangerous game, as many of you know. So, if any of these topics or any other topics you can think of are of interest to you and you want to talk about it, in an independent media stream, please call in, most nights, 9 - 11 PM Eastern. (267) 521-0167.

    I have set up a Talk with Tenney Tip Line: (718) 273-8708 and this can be used all hours except when I am on air. You can leave an anonymous tip about a human rights violation or death that you think needs investigation or attention; an idea for a show, or book yourself for a special episode, to share with listeners what you are involved with, an upcoming event, or your own story, strength, and hope.

    You can listen to the archives of all of the Talk with Tenney Show and when on live, hear it here: www.blogtalkradio.com/TalkWithTenney
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