Scarred by the myth of the chemical imbalance theory, Mary Maddock was branded with many psychiatric labels – ‘puerperal psychosis’ ,‘hypomania’ and finally ‘bipolar’ which blighted her life for more than two decades. Despite this Mary was inspired by the psychiatric survivor movement, especially MindFreedom International and the likes of Terry Lynch, Peter Breggin and Lucy Johnstone and ultimately rejected all labels, weaned herself off all psychiatric drugs and became an active campaigner in highlighting the deceptive and coercive nature of psychiatry.
In 2003 Mary, along with her husband Jim co founded MindFreedom Ireland which continues to campaign for human rights and humane alternatives.
Mary is also co-author of ‘Soul Survivor – A Personal Encounter with Psychiatry’ and has spoken widely in the media both in Ireland and abroad, including a venture into the lion’s den of the recent World Psychiatric Association Congress in Berlin in October 2017.
Mary is the inspiration behind local support groups ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘ A Little Help from my Friends’, and has also served on the boards of MindFreedom International and ENUSP (European Network of ex-Users and Psychiatry). Mary is a retired music teacher and public musician and advocates for a kinder and more humane society.