Call For Proposals

Radical Mental Health is a new series of monthly workshops that will work to educate our community on radical mental health topics and provide a space for discussion. We define radical mental health as taking a social justice perspective of mental health, finding new ways to understand and conceptualize mental health and mental illness while thinking about the effects of trauma, discrimination, oppression, and other factors on our mental health. Radical mental health supports more inclusive and diverse perspectives on mental health, prioritizing the voices of people with lived experience of mental illness as educators and experts.

For this series, we are looking for presenters to lead interactive community education workshops on radical mental health topics. Preference will be given to speakers with ties to the Greater Pittsburgh Area who have lived experience of mental illness, madness, trauma, addiction / substance use disorder, or another similar experience. Preference will also be given to workshops that prioritize intersectionality and equity. Topics may include, but are not limited to: workshops on topics that explore the intersections among sanism and other forms of oppression (racism, heterosexism, ableism, etc); workshops that address inequality, discrimination, and / or oppression in mental health spaces (hospitals, therapeutic settings, peer support, activism, etc); workshops on alternative mental health-related movements, ideology, and frameworks (Mad Pride, C/S/X, Neurodiversity, Disability Justice, etc).

Workshop Note: Workshops that are exclusionary and discriminatory to any marginalized group will automatically be rejected (TERFs, mad-exclusionary mental health, etc).

Note on Disclosure: Preference is given to speakers with self-identified lived experience in order to give a platform to silenced / oppressed voices and give more paid opportunities to individuals in our community. Lived experience is self-defined, so we do not require a medical or psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, or similar connections. That being stated, we do not require speakers to be public about their lived experience (including on this form), since disclosure should always be a choice in the hands of each individual. If you would like to speak privately to our organizers about disclosure, pleaseĀ email Alyssa Cypher at

Logistics and Deadlines

Workshops will take place monthly from March – September 2019 in accessible venues across different Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Dates, times, and locations are flexible for speaker needs. The workshops will be free and open to the public. We will also provide ASL interpretation and an event livestream.

Proposed workshops should last 1.5 – 2 hours, including time for interaction with the audience and / or discussion (either within the format of the workshop or at the end). Accepted workshops will be compensated $200 for their time, knowledge, and labor (payment is per workshop).

We have funding for 4-5 workshops at this time, but will be exploring opportunities to expand the series depending on interest and funding availability. We are envisioning that there will be more amazing proposals than we are able to accept, so we are looking into alternative options to give opportunities to our community (such as inviting people on our podcast and securing more workshop funding).

Please email Alyssa Cypher at with any questions.

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