Table of Contents for
A Fragile Revolution: Consumers and Psychiatric Survivors Confront the Power of the Mental Health System by Barbara Everett
The research questions
A word about methodology
1. Nothing changes and no one gets better
Becoming a professional helper
What is mental illness?
Help for the patients
Nothing changes and no one gets better
Who’s in charge of the staff?
Helpless and hopeless
2. From insanity to mental illness to psychiatric disability
Anti-psychiatric thought and feminist criticism
The therapeutic community
3. Power and protest
Power inequity and oppression
For your own good
Power as protest
Power as a contractual relationship
New social movements
Personal empowerment and social action
When things go wrong
4. A new power contract?
Another group of partners
The making of policy
The forgotten partners
5. A special bond
A special bond
The personal becomes political
They hate emotion
It’s just a job
They are abusive
But they’re more like us than they think
Is this a social movement
Consumer? Survivor? Consumer\survivor? Or just a person?
When some of “us” joined “them”
The Ontario Psychiatric Survivors Alliance
The threat and the promise of partnership
The problems with partnership
The personal costs
If it’s not partnership, what is it?
Will mental health reform work?
9. What do consumers and survivors believe in?
It’s a chicken or egg thing
What needs to change?
What are consumers and survivors going to do about it?
10. Final thoughts and understandings
So, what’s it all about?
A legacy of violence
The power of powerless people
The powerlessness of powerful people
Things change and people get better
A political identity in search of a future
Appendix I. Research methodology
A global view of the respondents
Data collection techniques and sources