|— On Sat, 12/24/11, ginger breggin <email@example.com> wrote:
From: ginger breggin
Dear Anne, This is Peter, as well as Ginger writing to you. Ginger and I both love your writing. It is crisp, insightful, and amusing all at once. I have personally enjoyed your participation in my radio shows. And yes, we would both love to welcome the new year by encouraging you and helping you to develop Survivors of Psychiatric Treatment.
We propose that together you and we develop a new website which, similar to ToxicPsychiatry.org, would be under the nonprofit umbrella of our Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy. (http://www.EmpathicTherapy.org).
Ginger would be happy to put the site together in consultation with you. She now has a lot of experience in that area. We would like you to be Director of Survivors of Psychiatry, a project of the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy. Your project would then have the benefit of being part of our nonprofit 501c3 so that if someone wanted to contribute to the project they could do so via the nonprofit. His [sic] provides you with a nonprofit vehicle without the expense and extreme hassle of developing your own 501c3.
This is Ginger, Anne. We both love this idea. What I envision, if you like it, is that you will be the outreach person to other survivors and would connect, gather stories, edit them (and I would help with the editing, too) For those who wish to be public, we could use photos from them, too. I envision one story per page of this new site which would seamlessly link into the empathic Therapy site also as well as linking into the toxicpsychiatry.com site.
If this seems like too much of a big deal or if you have any questions, let us know. We think this is a wonderful idea and we’ve been hoping to find a good partner to begin a survivor group.
Let me know what you think! Very best, ginger
Ginger Breggin, Executive Director
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Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 12:46:44 -0800
Subject: Survivors, ho!
Dear Peter and Ginger,
This is splendid! The time has come and I am so totally ready to do this. More people are reaching out to me on-line and I’ve mentally been starting to gather names and stories. Perhaps it should be called Survivors of Toxic Psychiatry?
I hope you are having a good holiday season–I am enjoying Christmas more than I ever have.
Peace and joy for the New Year,
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2011 07:40:08 -0800
Subject: RE: Survivors, ho!
Well, yes, I thought about STOP, but it would actually be SOTP, which is a problem. After checking STOP acronyms and finding Sicker Than Other People, stable tubule only polypeptide, Stop Taking Our Past, suction termination of pregnancy, Save the Oppressed People, and the ever-popular Swedish Trial in Older Patients, I thought it best to leave well enough alone. I keep hearing “network” in my head, so how about the classically simple “Toxic Psychiatry Survivors Network”? (Which could be confounded to Top Sun, but I wouldn’t want to go there.)
To be composed of people who—
To be asked of survivors—
N.B. There also needs to be another category on the site: friends and relatives who survived to tell the stories of patients who died in treatment.
P.S. Or we could just call it Survivors, ho!
Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 04:32:55 -0700
Subject: Director of Survivors of Psychiatry
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
|Dear Peter and Ginger,
What ever happened to the idea of starting a new web page and making me director of Survivors of Psychiatry? Why haven’t you followed up on that? Peter said Ginger was too busy, so I let it wait until after the conference.
Monday, May 21, 2012 3:13 PM
Dear Anne, I’m very sorry if we were not clear about this. We decided not to expand ourselves by adding this project at this time. . . Very best, Ginger
What “not clear?” The Breggins asked me to do a job with them. When they changed their minds, they did not reach out and tell me. Am I hurt? You bet—right down to the bottom of my socks.
And so, to all the survivors and their family members who read my blog, beware of the Breggins. Their conference brochure says it’s “For Independent Counselors, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Educators.” And they mean it. They do not work for survivors or their families. Unless, of course, psychiatry kills someone you love and you have lots of money. Then Peter will come and testify for you.
Other than that, we’re on our own.