Memorial created 01-18-2010 by National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery
October 30 1944 - January 16 2010
This online memorial was created in loving memory of Judi Chamberlin, psychiatric survivor leader and international disability rights activist. We will be adding to and building upon this site with photos and links to Judi's articles and talks.
Please sign Judi's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Judi forever. Judi’s blog will be kept active for the time being so please feel free to post comments there as well.
She was the author of groundbreaking book On Our Own: Patient-Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System (1978).
In her early 20s, Chamberlin was hospitalized in a state institution and diagnosed with schizophrenia. She soon discovered that, as a psychiatric patient, she had no legal rights. This realization was the catalyst for her activist career, which began in the early 1970s when she co-founded the Mental Patients’ Liberation Front.
Judi worked tirelessly throughout her life to create client-run, non-coercive alternatives to traditional mental health systems, and to end rights violations and discrimination against people with psychiatric disabilities.
Towards the end of her life, she became an advocate for the hospice model of care and the right to die at home.
To donate in Judi's memory:
Before she died Judi indicated that she didn’t want people sending flowers, and we want to honor that. If you want to mark Judi’s memory in some tangible way, it was her wish that contributions be made to either:
The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery Click here to donate to the National Coalition online. Or checks can be made out to NEC [National Empowerment Center] Note on the check that it is “for NCMHR in honor of Judi Chamberlin." Checks can be mailed to: National Empowerment Center, 599 Canal Street, Lawrence, MA 01840
Visiting Nurse and Community Health Checks can be made out to VNCH. Note on the check that it is for “Hospice in honor of Judi Chamberlin” and can be mailed to: Visiting Nurse and Community Health, Donations, 37 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Arlington, MA 02474 Or on line at:http://thevisitingnurses.com/Charitable_Giving.htm