Julie is a human rights mental health activist. She is also a blogger for Mad in America and has lived experience. Julie is currently training to be a psycho-therapeutic counsellor and subsequently a psychotherapist. Previously she studied for a masters in Psychological Research Methods and a degree in psychology.
Her main focus has always been around the questionable nature of ‘psychiatric diagnosis’ and how labelling can harm those suffering emotional distress. She is critical of the disease model which can ultimately detract from an individual’s personal suffering. As, a consequence Julie is a strong believer in a non-drug approach towards healing preferring professionals to recognise and utilise alternative ways for supporting those going through trauma and crisis. She feels that a complete paradigm shift in how we understand emotional distress is needed and a reevaluation of how we then support and enable individuals to heal.
Primarily as a result of her own experiences she is now a strong advocate promoting the rights of people using mental health services in the UK.