National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy


Using Social Media To Organize For
Rights in Mental Health Treatment

Jim Gotttstein, J.D. and Anupa Iyer


Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have made it possible to dramatically increase the ability to organize effectively and reach a tremendous number of people with little or no funding. For example, Social Media is recognized as playing a significant role in the "Arab Spring," as well as the election and re-election of President Obama. At the same time, it is not as though attracting a large number of "likes" accomplishes much. This workshop will present the basics of Social Media, and incorporate its use into a strategic framework designed to change the mental health system to respect legal, civil and human rights. A discussion with participants to create effective strategies will also be part of the workshop as well as a discussion of Occupy Psychiatry on Facebook. At the end of the workshop, the participants should be able to use the major forms of social media as part of efforts to change the mental health system to respect legal, civil and human rights.


Link to brief presenter bios:

Jim Gottstein

Anupa Iyer


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