"The Open Paradigm Project is dedicated to fostering the voices and perspectives that accompany changing realities and new understandings of ourselves and the world. We believe these voices – unusual, or mad as they may be – light the way the way to cultural paradigms. Societies, businesses, and families throughout history have learned from these voices, and ignored them at their peril.
We produce creative, journalistic, promotional, and educational media on behalf of those who wish to examine, learn from, and reintegrate experiences of madness or otherness in our society. What is “crazy” ? What does it mean when we say or feel that we or someone else is “crazy”? These basic questions – and the prospect of recovering voices and people who have all too often been lost – provide the inspiration for our work."
"Suicide: Healing After the Death of a Loved One features an inspirational couple who lost their son to suicide. They share the story of how their faith community supported them and how they have used their painful experience to reach out to others." - Published on Aug 19, 2013
"Eleanor Longden overcame her diagnosis of schizophrenia to earn a master’s in psychology and demonstrate that the voices in her head were 'a sane reaction to insane circumstances.'"
View her February, 2013 TED Talk that describes her experience.
Comments by Berta on receiving the "Bell of Hope Award" from The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania for her peer leadership, May 9th, 2013.