Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Coming Off Psych Drugs - August, 2013

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About the film:  

In June of 2012, twenty-three people came together to discuss the subject of coming off psychiatric drugs. We were psychiatric survivors, therapists, mental health consumers, family members, and activists, united by a passion for truth-telling. More than half of us had successfully come off psych drugs, including cocktails of antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. What resulted from our three-day gathering was an unforgettable meeting of the minds.

This 75-minute documentary (directed by Daniel Mackler) offers a rare glimpse into the world of coming off psych drugs through the eyes of those who have done it. The film presents, among others, Will Hall, author of the world-renowned “Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs,” Oryx Cohen, director at the National Empowerment Center, Laura Delano, blogger at www.madinamerica.com, and Daniel Hazen, noted psychiatric survivor and human rights activist.

Although this documentary is not medical advice, it intends to offer something even better:  hope. In a world where increasing numbers of people are put on psychiatric drugs every day, where more than 20 percent of Americans already take them, and where so many are told they need to stay on them for life, COMING OFF PSYCH DRUGS offers proof that another way is possible.

There will be five screenings across the state, with filmmaker, Daniel Mackler present at each one to lead a group discussion at the conclusion of each showing.  

Screenings are as follows:

Tuesday, August 20th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm @ the Capitol Theatre, 204 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington

Wednesday, August 21st, 4pm to 6pm @ the RLC's Pittsfield Center, 152 North Street, Suite 230, Pittsfield

Thursday, August 22nd, 4pm to 6pm @ Springfield Technical Community College's Scibelli Hall Theater, Springfield

Friday, August 23rd, 12pm to 2pm @ the Central Mass RLC's Worcester Center, 91 Stafford Street, Worcester

Friday, August 23rd, 5:30pm to 7:30pm @ the RPX, One Osgood Street, Greenfield (right behind the Recover Project and RLC's Greenfield Center)

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All screenings are free and open to the public, the space is limited at some of the venues and priority will go to those who sign up by calling 413.539.5941 x 301 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We have applied for Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Clinicians.

mackler-photo-1-smaller-243x300About filmmaker, Daniel Mackler:  Daniel is a former therapist and Licensed Social Worker from New York City who now spends much of his time travelling the world and learning about people and approaches in other areas. He is also an author,  a musician and a filmmaker whose previous works include ‘Take These  Broken Wings,’ ‘Healing Homes,’ and ‘Open Dialogue.’  Learn more  about Daniel and his other films at www.wildtruth.net.





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