Madwomen In The Attic (MITA) is a grassroots feminist mental health literacy and advocacy organization that aims to provide support for women- and queer-identified individuals who have been affected, or harmed, by the mental health industry or the stigma of mental illness. MITA aims to provide educational and literacy resources to those affected by the mental health industry, and to provide social justice literacy advocacy opportunities to members in the community who wish to increase the human rights of those affected by the mental health system. MITA is not affiliated with any institution or religion; the group's foundation is in the work of Virginia Woolf and in feminist and disability theory.
Note for allies: The group is open to supportive ally-members of any gender identity. Individuals in the Western New York area who care about justice, civil rights, literacy, mental health, and the humane treatment of those affected by the psychiatric industry are invited and encouraged to attend outreach meetings and events, and to show their support in a number of ways.
Madwomen in the Attic considers itself part of the Network Against Coercive Psychiatry and the revolutionary Mad Pride Movement to end the use of forced "psychiatric treatment" as a means of medicalized social control. MITA is part of a larger effort, started by Thomas Szasz, to stop the totalitarian use of psychiatry to control people, especially women. Our mission is to organize in order to fight against the violations of human rights that George Orwell warned of in his novel "1984," in which mental health professionals serve as "Big Brother" maintaining social normativity and imparting the enforcement of conformity.
In collaboration with Compeer Buffalo and in preparation for our[masked] literacy projects, we are offering our members and interested members of the community MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING. This training will take place in two sessions on two dates, one week apart: Saturday, May 4th from 8-12 and Saturday, May 11th from 8-12. Participants need to register formally via email - email us at [masked].
Participants also need to be able to attend BOTH sessions. St. Paul's in Williamsville has generously offered us space. The cost for the training is $20. If you would like to come but cannot pay, please contact us and we will put you in contact with Compeer to determine if they will be able to offer free training to you. There are a limited number of slots available, so please register ASAP - and don't forget to mark your calendars.
Sign-up is now available for our two-part Mental Health First Aid Training event on May 4th and May 11th, run by Compeer. Click on the Event Brite web link to sign up!
Madwomen in the Attic is participating as a group and hosting the event, which is open to the community, but our participation in the training is not an endorsement of the training nor is it an endorsement of the National Council for Behavioral Health. Our purpose in hosting and participating in the training is to (1) prepare for our literacy advocacy project - the Barbara Project, (2) become educated about information that is currently being disseminated about mental health emergency care, and (3) to engage in dialogue with those in the mental health community about the tropes, beliefs, and methods that are being used to talk about cognitive and personality differences.
We recommend strongly that those who wish to serve as volunteers for the Barbara Project sign up for the event.