Our community is wholly comprised of members who currently are or previously have been psychiatrically diagnosed and/or medicated, along with their supportive family members. Any medical or mental health practitioner among us is here because of personal experiences with taking or coming off psychiatric drugs.
By educating ourselves, deepening our capacity for thinking critically, supporting one another, and sharing our valuable, unique experiences, we are building new, non-medicalized frameworks of self-understanding. Together, we are shifting our focus away from the pursuit of quick fixes to mental, emotional, and physical pain, and strengthening our capacity to stay present with ourselves, no matter what comes up.
"I founded Inner Compass Initiative to help play a part in filling the massive void of reliable information, resources, and support available to those who wish to leave behind their relationship to the mental health industry. In many ways, Inner Compass Exchange is the ultimate expression of the commitment we have to this broader organizational mission, because it’s the first space we’ve built that brings people together every day for authentic, real-time conversation, connection, and community."
ICI Executive Director
We are not a community for people who are still holding onto some faith in, or otherwise find benefit from, the medicalized, professionalized ideology of the mental health industry. We built ICE specifically for people who have had unhelpful or harmful experiences with psychiatric drugs, diagnoses, and other treatments, deciding instead that they no longer want or need them.
We are not “anti-psychiatry” or “anti-psychiatric drug.” We have zero affiliation with any institution, organization, religion, or other authority.
Inner Compass Exchange is the latest initiative of ICI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the U.S. and serving people worldwide. You can learn more about ICI here. Our mission is to help people make more informed choices about taking and more safely tapering off psychiatric drugs. ICI receives no grants or institutional support of any kind; all of our revenue comes from ICE membership fees or from donations made by individuals and families who believe in our mission. To make a tax-deductible donation to ICI, click here.