Vice, “Remembering Mad Pride, The Movement That Celebrated Mental Illness”

Fed up with this legislative attitude to mental health, Mad Pride started recruiting members. “We were quite attention seeking,” remembers Rob. “People thought it was lively and wanted to get involved.” The type of people they attracted was broad, he says – a lot of punks, anarchists, lefties, and people with all sorts of different clinical diagnoses, as well as professionals who worked in the sector. But their common experience lay in having the same frustrations about how mental health services were run. “Mad Pride never had a strict definition,” Rob muses, “it was very free floating.”

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