In the episode, "An Interview with Vesper Moore, Pt. 2: The Validation of Mad Identities and Sustaining the Movement (S3, E5)," Vesper returns to delve deeper into the conversation on emotional states of distress and society's commercialization of these states. From crisis alternatives in peer respite to the overdiagnosing of the human experience to the lack of informed consent in psychiatric treatments, Vesper discusses the hard questions regarding psychiatry and offers alternative answers. Vesper brings up how mad states of consciousness can be spiritual in nature, and that we can alter how we perceive such states like hearing voices and seeing visions, as something natural not pathological, as many shamanistic cultures do. They point to this open window in history as a time when we can reclaim the term madness as we reclaim our non-traditional ways of connecting to our worlds.
Mad liberation activist, trainer, writer, and psychiatric survivor, Vesper Moore is COO of Kiva Centers, a Peer Support community network serving as a crisis alternative and is also the Executive Director of Madness Network News, a communication network dedicated to the interchange of energy and support of psychiatric survivors, mad, disabled, and neurodivergent people. They have worked as a consultant for both the United States government and the United Nations in shaping strategies around trauma and mad and disability rights.
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