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The Consumer Journey

The mental health consumer movement is a global movement that has developed out of 1970’s and 1980’s women’s, disability and gay rights movements in an effort to campaign against the ‘insane’ mental health system of the time. While the Consumer movement has had many titles (such as the user movement, the survivor movement, the mad pride movement, the psyche survivor movement as well as the service and ex-patient (C/S/X) movements), consumer leadership has sprung up in recent times to encompass many concepts such as consumer ‘participation’ and advocacy. The mental health consumer movement is the collective ‘consumer voice’ aimed at empowering the people who access mental health services.