Mad studies brings a voice of sanity to psychiatry

If the American Psychiatrist Association’s diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5) is the global bible of psychiatry, with its ever-growing list of psychiatric categories, then Mad Matters, bringing together academic and experiential knowledge on mental distress in Canada, is the guiding text of mad studies.

Mad studies has been pioneered by Ryerson and York Universities in Toronto, with key figures such as mental health survivors, activists and educators David Reville and Geoffrey Reaume and academics Kathryn Church and Brenda le Francois. They challenged the way that psychiatry was shaping their lives and challenged the discrimination that went with being considered mentally ill.

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