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Joe's recommended internet viewing for World Mental Health Day / 9 October 2012

Article 21: Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information states parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities can exercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas on an equal basis with others and through all forms of communication of their choice, as defined in article 2 of the present Convention.

The quote above is from the United Nations official website  referring to our Disability Rights. 'State parties' refers to the government and their agents. For me as a creative person, an artist and poet self-expression is fundamental to good health and well-being. Also important is access to important information so the individual can make informed choices about their care and welfare.

If information or knowledge is restricted then choice is also restricted. The danger that you only receive the official version and not receive the full picture is a potential hazard to our health and well being. Article 21 protects that right. Trouble is not everybody knows that or indeed their full human rights.

I’ve spent sometime on YouTube looking up important speakers and thinkers in Mental Health. This is not a finite list but merely a work in progress list. Do excuse me for including myself on the list.

So please put the cat out brew up a nice mug of tea and have a look at my recommended viewing list on Youtube. Happy viewing

Dr Pat Bracken’s talk in Denmark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV5RKT6Q8qU

Gail Hornstein’s talk at Birmingham University [dissected into short excerpts]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKzO1pwIHHE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grOPYw2fZUg

John McCarthy [deceased] Mad Pride Ireland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfRXOOyMJxI

Rufus May 'the doctor who hears voices'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffw0pyAjiCw

Footsteps ‘the movie’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN75iNdDWTU

Daniel Mackler’s film exerts from ‘Take these broken Wings’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN1yDZqibQQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnzIlwLDBY4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dddksUbXuVs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3d7bPcw5uM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73Dx_uuyXYk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj8Kcj1BAno

Evolving Minds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h12_kRYITTA

PS- Please feel free to contact me at art21crpd[at]gmail.com