Latest News – The INTAR India Conference

The INTAR India conference was held late November, 2016, in Lavasa, a ‘manufactured city’ in the Sahyadri Mountains, a couple of hours from Pune. It was a curious setting, beautiful, yet a bit disorienting in its dissimilarity to the rest of India. Soon though we realized we were in the best place, for the best […]

Berlin Conference Sept 2011 – Searching for a Rose Garden – Fostering Real Alternatives to Psychiatry

We are pleased to announce the conference Searching for a Rose Garden. Fostering Real Alternatives to Psychiatry on 2nd and 3rd September, 2011 in Berlin. This conference is the highlight of the event series “Survivor Control: The Rights and Self-help Opportunities of People with Psychiatric Experience” organized by the Berlin Association for Protection against Psychiatric […]

One Step Beyond: Alternatives beyond Psychiatry Edited by Peter Stastny and Peter Lehmann — Book Review by Helen Spandler

Excerpt from the review: Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry functions as a powerful indictment of the failings of the mental health system and a rallying cry for more humane and authentic support services. It is driven by anger at a psychiatric system that is seen to invalidate people’s experiences and actually prevent recovery. But, rather than dwelling […]

INTAR Supports New SAMHSA Funded Hospital Alternative In California

SAMHSA has agreed to a Transformation Grant for a Peer Run Crisis Respite in Santa Cruz County. Yana Jacobs reports:

“I want to say I couldn’t have written this grant without the inspiration and networking from the Alternative Consumer community, primarily INTAR, THANK YOU! You folks showed me the way, were my inspiration to have hope and keep pushing for changes. You re-awakened my belief in human caring, community, passion, healing with natural supports I had the honor and pleasure to be invited into your community and here is a concrete result from those discussions!”

Listen to Radio Interviews with INTAR

INTAR member Will Hall is also host and producer of Madness Radio, a Pacifica Network FM radio show heard on several stations around the country. Madness Radio frequently features guests who have participated in INTAR conferences and projects; you can listen to these shows online here. More shows at the Madness Radio website

Peter Stastny Writes on “Alternatives for First Breaks” Conference at MIWatch.Org

MIWatch-News About Mental Illness published this essay by INTAR coordinator Peter Stastny prior to the 2009 INTAR conference in New York City. Read the the essay at the MIWatch website here, including the extensive dialog in the Comments section.

Announcement: Rethinking Psychiatric Crisis: Nov. 23, 2009: New York City

Please join INTAR for our 5th annual conference on November 23rd at New York University’s Kimmel Center — Rethinking Psychiatric Crisis: alternative responses to “first breaks.”
Read more about the conference at

Voices of INTAR Audio Documentary

Listen to this hour-long audio documentary about INTAR interviewing 13 participants at the 2005 Killarney Ireland gathering. Produced by survivor-advocate Will Hall of You can also use right- or control-click/save as to download the audio file directly. [audio:]