The Inner Compass Initiative

The Inner Compass Initiative is several projects in a well-designed platform. This resource is large: around 500 pages, but the information is structured to accompany and / or lead you on a journey through your withdrawal.

According to the website, ICI currently has the following projects underway:

The Withdrawal Project (TWP). TWP is an information resource designed to help people empower themselves to make more meaningfully informed choices — aligned with their personal desires and needs — regarding taking, reducing, and coming off psychiatric drugs. TWP's website includes a free, comprehensive, self-directed Companion Guide to Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal aimed at helping people learn and make decisions about the most risk-minimizing ways to prepare for tapering off and more responsibly taper off antidepressants, benzodiazepines, stimulants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, Z-drugs and other psychiatric drugs, along with coping techniques for dealing with common withdrawal symptoms.

Learn/Unlearn. This section of our website includes accessible, critical analyses of the mechanisms of action, effectiveness, safety and harms of the major classes of psychiatric drugs. It also includes an ever-expanding collection of articles that provide insights into the science and marketing of psychiatric drugs, the construction and promotion of psychiatric diagnoses, and alternative ways of understanding and moving through mental and emotional challenges.

ICI Connect. This is a free online platform that helps people who are asking questions or thinking critically about the mental health system to find and connect with each other. Through geographical and interest-based searching, registered members can search for other members who live nearby to spark new friendships or collaborations, exchange mutual support, organize events or groups, set up crisis networks, or begin to build grassroots community alternatives to the mental health system. Having just launched in January of 2018, we’re actively working to increase the membership and improve the usefulness of this platform based on feedback from our members about their needs and goals.

TWP Connect. This free online platform hosted on ICI’s The Withdrawal Project website allows registered members who are thinking about, are in the process of, or have past experiences of reducing or coming off psychiatric drugs to find and connect with one another. TWP Connect facilitates mutual support, the sharing of helpful resources and tips, in-person meetings, and hope and inspiration between members. Having just launched in January of 2018, we’re actively working to increase the membership and improve the usefulness of these tools based on feedback from our members about their needs and goals.

Resources and Toolkits. We’re building an organized list of learning resources from around the web, along with toolkit guides for using them in different kinds of group discussions and community settings.

Alternatives. We’re researching and developing articles on different ways of understanding and responding to mental or emotional distress. (See also The Withdrawal Project's Cope & Heal section.)

Resilient Communities. We’re actively exploring opportunities to collaborate with other groups and organizations doing engagement and development work that helps individuals and communities increase their resilience in the face of the challenges of social fragmentation, inequity and injustice, economic instability, and environmental degradation.

Volunteers, Contributors and Allies. We’re actively seeking help from others to engage with us in working together, and we’re also looking for ways to help others who are already working in alignment with our goals.

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How You Can Join Us

Inner Compass Initiative is a grassroots collective effort whose growth and impact depend on you. The experiences you’ve lived, the hardships you’ve faced, the roadblocks you’ve had to navigate, the lessons you’ve learned, the awakenings you’ve felt or are in the midst of, and your voice — however confidently loud or hesitantly soft it may feel to you — are vital to making change happen.

You may be a current or ex-psychiatric patient, or a family member or friend of someone struggling in the mental health system. Perhaps you are an awakening or already critically-minded practitioner, a non-Western healer, or a researcher. Maybe you’re a veteran or active duty service member with experience of the Veterans Administration psychiatric system. You could be an educator, a philosopher, a journalist, an artist... If you share the values and vision of Inner Compass Initiative, we welcome you. Click here to learn how you can join 

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