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Gaslighting in the Mental Health System, Rethinking Psychiatry Talk by John Herold, December 4th, 7-9pm - 12/02/19


Portland, Oregon - December 2, 2019


A favorite presenter, longtime Rethinking Psychiatry supporter, and founder of Puget Sound Hearing Voices, John Herold will present “I’m Crazy Because They Say So.” He will discuss how gaslighting is sometimes used in the mental health field to undermine people with mental health diagnoses, and how people can take their power back. Herold will share how his own experiences led him to become an advocate for change in the mental health system. His talk will be followed by an interactive discussion.


“Gaslighting” is a commonly used term for dismissing a person’s perception of reality. It is a strategy used by people in power to keep vulnerable people questioning themselves and disempowered. While many people today do not know of the play or 1944 film, Gaslight, Rethinking Psychiatry hosted a screening of this classic film last month in preparation for John’s talk. It is not necessary to have seen the film, however, to come to the live presentation on December 4th.


We welcome members of the community to this important talk. Rethinking Psychiatry is a grassroots, volunteer-run community organization that advocates for healing and choices within and beyond our mental health system.


This Rethinking Psychiatry event will be on Wednesday, December 4th, from 7-9 p.m., at 232 SE 80th Avenue in Portland (Montavilla United Methodist Church). The event is free (though donations are welcome and appreciated). The venue is ADA accessible and we will provide refreshments, including plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.


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