formed by ex-patients in Britain
This account of his hospitalization and the abuses he suffered gained the support of the medical profession and others in the work to reform the treatment of the mentally ill.
Established to give public voice to concerns - VIC Australia
GROW is a peer supported program for growth and personal development of people with a ‘mental illness’ and those experiencing difficulty in coping with life’s challenges
In the 1960s in the US, mental health advocacy groups (called ‘ex-inmates’) meet regularly for mutual support and ‘consciousness-raising’. Activists are involved in ‘civil disobedience’, chaining themselves to gates of mental hospitals and liberating ‘patients’ by walking out the doors of hospitals with them
First consumer organisation in Australia Campaign Against Psychiatric Injustice and Coercion (CAPIC) established
Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI) support group
In 1980 this becomes an independent body The Carers Association of NSW.
This is the first Carers Association in Australia and the world. In 1997 this will become Carers NSW.