What is Dreams and Zines?
Dreams and Zines is the collective work of Cameron Moore and will focus on the topics of radical mental health, queer/trans* issues, disability, feminism, and more.
Tell me more about yourself…
I am an activist, a poet, and educator who uses their lived experience of being a psychiatric survivor organize peer run support groups for psychiatric survivors, queer/trans folks, disabled folks, and trauma survivors.
I was thrilled to publish my first zine in May 2013, and honored to
Then do workshops at NYU and non profit Community Access, and be an expert contributor for the Society for Humanistic Psychology (A division of
The American Psychological Association).
To read and print my first zine for free please go to the drop down menu in the upper corner and click “DSM Zine”.
My next project was working on a lecture called Fight Like Hell and Live: Strategies for Surviving Suicidality and Supporting Friends in crisis, which has been presented at anarchist book fairs and most recently at a psych survivor groups mad pride day. A new full zine on this topic (maybe even a little book!) is in the works.
I also have been working on a lecture and intend to publish writing about the pathologization of trauma and failures of our culture to respond to trauma- and how that has pushed more and more folks to ending their lives.
Want to book me
For a lecture, collaborate on a piece, pick my brain about resources, ask questions, offer respectful feedback or just say Hi? (I love to hear from folks!!
Contact me at DreamsAndZines@gmail.com
What is radical mental health?
People who believe in radical mental health see the western biomedical model of psychiatry as being flawed at best and horrendously abusive, coercive, and corrupt at worst. Many people who support radical mental health are aware of the widespread and commonplace abuse of psychiatric patients in mental health treatment in the United States and in many places around the world. For example, the common practice in the United States of restraining or secluding psychiatric patients if they are “in crisis” or deemed a danger to themselves or others can be considered torture by the United Nations even when done in short durations. The United Nations 2013 Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment wrote, “Forced interventions, often wrongfully justified by theories of incapacity and therapeutic necessity inconsistent with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, are legitimized under national laws, and may enjoy wide public support as being in the alleged “best interest” of the person concerned. Nevertheless, to the extent that they inflict severe pain and suffering, they violate the absolute prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”.
As an alternative to traditional hospitalization, many people who support radical mental health believe in the powers of peer support, peer run crisis respite centers, such as following the Soteria Model, holistic approaches such as acupuncture or herbs, art, and spirituality.
Many people who support radical mental health also question or reject psychiatric medication. Selling psychiatric medication is a for profit business in the United States, and many drug companies have skewed studies about their medication’s effectiveness and have ignored studies about alternatives that are equally or more effective than psychiatric medication without the long terms risks medications can carry but often are not told to patients such as diabetes, tardive dyskensia, metabolic problems, dependence, and considerably shortened life span. Western psychiatry says mental illnesses are brain diseases that must be treated with medication long term. Yet the Icarus Project and Mad in America has many stories of people who feel that medication was causing them severe harm and successfully got of their medication and recovered fully after they had been diagnosed with schizophrenia or other diagnoses.
Wait, you don’t believe in western psychiatry? Are you a scientologist?
No, I absolutely am not a scientologist and do not believe in scientology or support scientology.
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