Peer Led Initiatives

Hearing Voices Network – USA – It is part of an international collaboration between professionals, people with lived experience, and their families to develop an alternative approach to coping with emotional distress that is empowering and useful to people, and does not start from the assumption that they have a chronic illness.

The Voice Collective  – Offers an online support forum for children and young people who hear voices, see visions, have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs. They also offer support for parents/families, and training for youth workers, social workers, mental health professionals and other supporters

The Dissociative Initiative – For, by, and about people with multiplicity, dissociation, and amnesia

The Icarus Project – The Icarus Project is a support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness.

Beyond Meds – This site documents and shares many natural methods of self-care for finding and sustaining health in body, mind and spirit. This blog also deals with wider issues in the socio/political and spiritual realms as they pertain to mental health and human rights issues surrounding psychiatry.

National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse – Here you’ll find the latest information on mental health and consumer/survivor issues. We include updates on important issues, linking you to news sources, funding opportunities and the most recent developments in the consumer/survivor movement.


Living with Voices: 50 Stories of Recovery edited by Marius Romme, Sandra Escher, & Jacque Dillion

Models of Madness edited by John Read, Loren Mosher, & Richard Bentall

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

Psychosis, Trauma, and Dissociation edited by Andrew Moskowitz, Ingo Schafer, & Martin Justin Dorahy

Experiencing Psychosis edited by Jim Geekie, Patte Randal, Debra Lampshire, & John Read

The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness by R. D. Laing

Blind to Betrayal by Jennifer Freyd

A Fight to Be by Ron Bassman

The Trouble with Twin Studies by Jay Joseph

Why Everyone (Else) is a Hypocrite by Robert Kurzban

Rethinking Madness by Paris Williams

Mad in America by Robert Whitaker

Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry edited by Peter Stastny & Peter Lehmann

Pseudoscience in Biological Psychiatry by Colin Ross & Alvin Pamm