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Sue and her husband Steven founded the Wittenberg Center to End Electroshock in 2007.  Sue was damaged by electroshock.  Sue suffers from permanent memory loss and has difficulty learning new things.

The Sue Clark Story is a true account of Sue’s traumatic childhood, her teenage years, her marriages and her activism.  Sue was psychiatrized in Ontario psychiatric hospitals from the age of l7 years old in 1972 to 1990.  During that time Sue was given 15 different psychiatric diagnoses and 14 different types of psychiatric drugs.  Sue has been free of psychiatry since 1990.  Sue helped found 3 psychiatric groups in Ottawa.

Sue worked for the Royal Ottawa Hospital in the 1990s as an antipsychiatry speaker in the Consumer as Expert Program in the Education Department co-ordinated by Marian Crow.

Caroline Fei-Yeng Kwok.  Author, Lecturer and Teacher, Toronto, Ontario

Madness: The Experience of an Immigrant Woman

BACKGROUND:  As a Chinese immigrant afflicted with manic-depression, I am well aware of the cultural, linguistic, racial issues faced by new Canadians and the fear they developed of the mental health system.  I am also aware of the insensitivity of mainstream mental health in their treatments of immigrant consumers.

OBJECTIVES:  To discuss barriers for immigrants in accessing mental health services and to suggest possible solutions.

METHOD:  I will cite from my book, Free To Fly: A Story of Manic Depression, and make references to the literature on cross-cultural psychiatry.

RECOMMENDATIONS:  Immigrants need to overcome social stigma in regard to mental health, develop better understanding of the system, and have more knowledge about medications.  Mainstream mental health services need to develop more cultural competence programs.

CONCLUSION:  Mental health care for immigrants can be improved.

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