From: "'Andrew Phelps' via PsySR Mental Health Systems Action Group"


Subject: [psysr-mental-health-systems-action-group] sample project suggestion

Date: Sat, February 21, 2015 5:41 pm


Here is a sample of what could be a PsySR "action" in mental health. Parallel ideas may arise from others' work and experience.

Martin Luther King Jr. helped to set the civil rights advocacy for social justice in place, based on his training as a sociologist and his lived experience as pastor and advocate. He adopted the non-violence perspective and applied that in important areas of social change. However, he also reached to the area of mental health in a way and made a non-violent advocacy by way of his 1967 keynote speech to the American Psychological Association. See for instance HERE.

What the action group might consider is the advocacy that the mental health concerns raised by Dr. King become part of the present conversation regarding his heritage and its ongoing implementation. For example, on March 21, the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland, associated with Merritt College, is sponsoring Rev. Lawson, Dr. King's mentor in nonviolence as part of their ongoing discussion (see invite below). Collaboration from socially responsible psychology could enhance the conversation (and with the continuing series) in a way that would serve to upgrade mental health systems activism. The action group could make the outreach in a way that would like help set up such an outcome.

FYI, the New Social Roles project has included outreaches to the Freedom Center series. That was aimed as a "limited" effort showing how that outreach might be experienced. My impression is that the idea of taking up the content of the 1967 APA speech strikes home, that the ambient concern tends to be making effective advocacy in that regard. By way of information, one might note that his daughter Bernice spoke at the ceremony for the DC memorial dedication and quoted from that speech regarding his insight being necessary for the Occupy to work successfully (link below).

Have you ever thought about the legacy Dr. King bestowed upon America? Dr. King was introduced to the power of nonviolence by Rev. James Lawson. Rev. Lawson taught many others in the science of nonviolence, and he helped organize the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Freedom Rides, and the 1963 March on Washington. Rev. Lawson is coming to Oakland as part of the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series on Saturday, March 21, 7:00 PM, at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), 3601 Telegraph Ave. Admission is free, and we encourage your RSVP to insure seating for you. RSVP at 510 434 3988.

Roy Wilson Ed.D
Executive Producer
Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series

Let us consider the social responsibility of doing mental health with integrity and authenticity. Please suggest specific ways for taking action in this situation.



Andrew Phelps



Bernice King quote

"In fact, [he] told us we must become maladjusted to certain social ills. We should never adjust to the one percent controlling more than 40 percent of the wealth."  HERE.