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New CRAZYWISE Documentary directed by Phil Borges

What can we learn from those who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience? 

Bay Area Hearing Voices Network hosts a screening and discussion of the new documentary CRAZYWISE directed by Phil Borges.

During a quarter-century documenting indigenous cultures, human rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges often saw these cultures identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential. He was intrigued by how differently psychosis is defined and treated in the West.

Through interviews with renowned mental health professionals including Gabor Mate, MD, Robert Whitaker, and Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Phil explores the growing severity of the mental health crisis in America dominated by biomedical psychiatry. He discovers a growing movement of professionals and psychiatric survivors who demand alternative treatments that focus on recovery, nurturing social connections, and finding meaning.

CRAZYWISE doesn’t aim to over romanticize indigenous wisdom, or completely condemn Western treatment. Not every indigenous person who has a crisis becomes a shaman. And many individuals benefit from Western medications. However, indigenous peoples’ acceptance of non-ordinary states of consciousness, along with rituals and metaphors that form deep connections to nature, to each other, and to ancestors, is something we can learn from. 

CRAZYWISE adds a voice to the growing conversation that believes a psychological crisis can be an opportunity for growth and potentially  potentially transformational, not a disease with no cure. To view extended trailer of CRAZYWISE click here.

When: Thurs., August 10, 2017, 7:00-9:30 pm
Doors open at 6:30, film at 7:00 pm, discussion to follow film 

Where: The Lab, 2948 16th Street, San Francisco, 94103 (one block from 16th street BART station)
Suggested Donation: $10.00 *** BUT NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS! ***
Space for 150 people.
Please forward this flyer widely to anyone who may be interested!

“Preparing for Recovery: How Do We Make Sure All of Us are Ready for Recovery Community?” with Ron Coleman and Karen Taylor

When: Thursday September 28, 2017, 9:30Am-5:00PM
Where:  Cubberley Community Center, Room H-6, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
Registration:  Registration is required.  Please click here to register.
Peers – Free
Family Members – $40.00
Others – $80.00

Please contact Corinne Collins for any questions/concerns. To proceed with payment:

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NAMI Santa Clara County 40th Celebration!

Join NAMI Santa Clara County in celebrating over 40 years of mental health support in the Community –

Supervisor Cindy Chavez will  honored with our 2016 Community Merit Award

Chance to win one of our custom designed centerpieces – May is Mental Health Matters Month
When: Wednesday April 26, 5:30 pm – 9pm
Where: Elks Lodge, 444 W. Alma Ave, San Jose, California
Fee: $50 per ticket including buffer dinner.  Please go to Eventbrite (click here) to purchase your ticket or contact Stacy Badgis at or 408.453.0400 x 3030.  RSVP by Sunday April 23, 2017,

An Effective Treatment for Psychosis – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Peers or Families

by Professor Kate Hardy and Professor Douglas Noorsdsy,  Clinic Directors, INSPIRE Clinic (for Early Psychosis), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford University

When: Wednesday November 16, 7pm-9pm

WhereCypress Community Center, Room 6, 403 Cypress Ave, San Jose (Map/directions)

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