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Mad Studies Reading Group

The Mad Studies Reading Group  are an eclectic group of academics, psychologists, lawyers, therapists, teachers, artists, students and all sorts of other people. Many of us identify ourselves  as mad. We meet monthly on the third Tuesday of each month on line via Zoom between  7 – 8.30pm AEST (Melbourne/Sydney time). You can find out more about this group from the Melbourne Mad Studies Network  web site or simply email madstudiesmelbATgmailDOTcom and you will be sent a Zoom link and some suggested preliminary reading information prior to the next meeting.

Next Meeting

Topic:  To Be Advised

Date: Tuesday 19th March 2024

Time:  7-8.30pm (Naarm/Melbourne time)

Zoom Link

Passcode: 629837

Suggested Readings: 

To be advised

If you have a future topic you would like this group to discuss please email your suggestion to PinkPantherActivists AT gmail DOT com or contact Melbourne Mad Studies Network directly.


The Pink Panther Business Meeting

We engage in routine lobbying of members of the federal government and other mental health policy decision makers with a view to establishing supervised Soteria style community houses in Australia. We also discuss and plan other related ‘Panther activities  at our twice monthly online business meetings via Zoom. These meetings are typically held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. 

Next Meeting Date: Tuesday 27th Feb 2024

Time: 7.30 -8.30pm AEDT 

Medium – Zoom 

Zoom  Link :

Meeting ID: 843 2662 9257

Passcode: 379316


The meeting agenda is sent out to members who have registered their interest a couple of days before each meeting.  If you wish to raise any issues at one of these meetings, you first need to be a member. Then please submit your request in writing at least a couple of days beforehand so that it can be included on the agenda.  You will then added to the interested members list and will be notified of all future business meetings unless you specifically request otherwise.

Reference Material.

Letter to Emma McBride, the Assistant Minister for Mental Health proposing the introduction of Soteria houses in Australia.

Response From Emma McBride 

It’s Time For Soteria : An Australian perspective on Mad In America–  Click Here To Read It.

Book – Soteria Through Madness to Deliverance -Loren Mosher and Voyce Hendrix. The authors established the first Soteria House in the USA in the 1970’s.


The Soteria Support Group

Personal Online Mental Health Support 

Due to my own illness, Soteria Support Group meetings have been suspended for the time being until further notice.

My apologies for any inconvenience. 

If anyone needs to discuss the Soteria Support group or any personal mental health issues please contact me via members chat if you are a ‘Panther member or the “Contact Us” page for non members. One-on-one Zoom sessions can usually be easily arranged, at short notice. Please note that I am not a psychiatrist, psychologist or trained therapist.  All I can offer in accordance with Soteria and Recovery Model  principles is to listen to you, hopefully with empathy and share my own lived experience of serious (psychotic) mental health problems.

Tim Wilson     


We have been experimenting with online Zoom personal support meetings for the last couple of months. Currently we meet online at 10pm every Thursday evening (Melbourne/ Sydney time) for about an hour. We call this online meeting the The Soteria Support Group.

It is an integral part of our Soteria project,  based on Loren Mosher’s Soteria principles as discussed in his books Soteria: Through Madness to Deliverance, Mosher & Hendrix and Community Mental Health, Mosher and Burti. We also endeavor to operate along the lines of Open Dialogue and the Hearing Voices Network , generally known as the Recovery Model.

It is envisaged that there will eventually be other online group meetings on other days and times but we have to start somewhere. Once the numbers build up in a particular area, physical meetings at a central meeting place such as a local coffee shop will become possible and can easily and informally be arranged for those who wish to do so. Full online anonymity is possible for those who want and/or need it.

There is no membership requirements, no sign ups and no fees. Just come along. You or anyone you know are welcome to join us.

Zoom Meeting Details

Time and Day :   To Be advised
Zoom link :          To Be advised         
Meeting ID:        To Be advised
Passcode:            To Be advised 

Some guidelines to get started with

The intention of this group is to provide a caring and sharing peer managed community space for people with mental health problems. The purpose of this space is to share our experiences and support and learn from each other in our mental health journey.

Those who participate in this group may come from all walks of life. Some may have benefited from traditional mental health practices while others may have been harmed by them. There appears to be no single “best” approach to dealing with mental health. Almost anything will work for somebody and nothing works for everyone. While we can offer each other encouragement and support, each of us ultimately has to find our own path.

We don’t all share the same story, experiences or perspectives. It is important to be mindful of this but we can still work together to develop and deepen our understanding.

We know we won’t always agree on everything. But we want everyone to have a chance to share their thoughts and experiences if they wish to do so. This is a space for learning from each other. We aim to do this in the spirit of respectful collaboration and solidarity. To that end, we ask that everyone commit to the following:

  • Listen respectfully, without interrupting.
  • Listen actively and with an ear to understanding others’ views. (Don’t just think about what you are going to say while someone else is talking.)
  • Try to understand where others are coming from – this doesn’t necessarily mean agreeing, but being thoughtful about how you disagree. For example, criticise ideas, not individuals.
  • Commit to learning, not debating. Comment in order to share information, not necessarily to persuade.
  • Allow everyone the chance to speak and be mindful of how much space you’re taking up.
  • Avoid assumptions about other participants, and generalisations. Be mindful of your language when speaking about experiences that aren’t yours, or communities that you don’t have connection to.

Good listening skills apply not only to online group discussions but to the larger and often more challenging task of participating skilfully in life. Developing these skills can be a real challenge for some of us but it is worth making the effort.

These skills help develop empathy. This enables us to connect with others in a more meaningful way and through them we learn to “Walk in another’s shoes” regardless of whether we agree with them or not.

Sow a Thought and reap an Act;
Sow an Act and reap a Habit;
Sow a Habit and reap a Character;
Sow a Character and reap a Destiny.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson



ANYONE and EVERYONE is welcome to attend these meetings.  Feel free to join in or just observe the conversation.

Bit Shy about Zoom Meetings? …You can just observe by turning off your webcam and/or microphone.