National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Celia Brown

Celia Brown is a psychiatric survivor who was instrumental in developing the first peer specialist civil service title in the country. A long-time activist and leader in the psychiatric survivor movement, she serves on the board of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA), and was a founding member of the National People of Color Consumer/Survivor Network. Celia is Board President of MindFreedom International and serves as the organization's primary representative to the United Nations on the  International Convention for the Human Rights of People with Disabilities. With other ex-patients and allies, she was a founder of the International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR), which held its first meeting of alternative practitioners and psychiatric survivors in 2004. Celia has presented nationally and internationally on topics such as self-help, peer counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy and human rights, trauma and cultural competency. She works for the New York City Field Office of New York State Office of Mental Health Bureau of Recipient Affairs.