Mary Van Pelt

I question the system

photo by Brian Perkins

Mary Elizabeth Van Pelt is a psychiatric survivor who is not afraid to question a system of care that has good intensions but often falls short. After being held for three months in a locked psychiatric ward she tells her own story of recovery (In Silence I Speak) and invites others to do the same. She says, “When we tell our stories we help each other heal.” Mary’s writing speaks with a passion for social justice and concern for people who are oppressed in this land of opportunity and abundance.