The Melbourne Mad Studies Network brings together anyone interested in Mad Studies, mad ideas, critical thinking about mental distress, the politics of ‘mental health’, the mental health consumer/survivor/ex-patient movement and alternatives to the contemporary mental health paradigm/system.

Currently, our main activity is a monthly reading group.

The Network was launched on June 27th, 2019, and is co-facilitated by Flick Grey, a wandering mad academic (sociologist), trainer, consultant, supervisor, Open Dialogue practitioner and critical social work student at RMIT, and Chris Maylea, a lawyer, social worker, consultant and academic at RMIT University (now at Latrobe).

We offer our respect to all those who are doing this work in our community and especially to the consumer/survivor Elders whose work has laid foundations for Mad Studies to thrive in Melbourne.

We welcome folks who are curious, critical thinkers, mad-identifying/mad-positive, folks who find other words more generative, and folks who struggle to find words!

The Mad Studies Network organises on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend our solidarity to First Nations people who are continuing the ongoing fight for justice and self-determination. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. 

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