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Lauren Andersen started SaneRights to help people who have been mistreated in the mental healthcare system. She currently has a lawsuit in federal district court, and thinks of herself as the Erin Brockovich for people with mental disorders... or perhaps the Rosa Parks. The latter was renowned for risking her life by refusing to get off a segregated bus in 1955, thereby becoming a civil rights icon. Although she would not presume to be as significant as Ms. Parks, Lauren has refused to stop breaking down the antiquated walls that consistently thwart patients' attempts at seeking justice for mistreatment.

Lauren spent over six years as a Director of a major trade association in Washington DC, lobbying in Congress. During that time, she learned that the only ways you can effect major legislative change in America are (1) have millions of dollars for campaign donations, or (2) do strategic litigation.  In the absence of the former, she is doing the latter. This is a different approach from those taken by other mental healthcare charities in the US, which tend to be either (1) dominated by the psychiatric-industrial establishment, and thus motivated to maintain the status quo, or (2) too radical in their approach, i.e. anti-drugs and against psychiatry in general. 

Lauren Andersen

SaneRights' founder, Lauren Andersen, wearing her mother's 1959 key to the psychiatric ward at New York City's Bellevue Hospital.  Both of her parents trained there as physicians.

Lauren has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and a European MBA from INSEAD; she is a medical technology entrepreneur who has worked on three continents.  She is also a mother of two boys, ages 12 and 22.

She is advocating for the Constitutional rights of people with mental health conditions, and believes that our society has an obligation to care for its mentally ill members, while encouraging them to live as independently as possible.  Having experienced the most egregious mistreatment imaginable in such a context, Lauren understands better than most patients how essential trust is to successful mental healthcare.