I have been on both sides of the fence of mental health services. I have been a ‘patient’ and I have worked as an Integrative therapist for the NHS and non-profit organisations. When emotional distress, trauma and pain are understood through the lens of pathology, I feel saddened and fearful.
So, at 26 years old, I knew my heart was with pursuing a career in counselling, alongside that was a passion to work with children and young people. I myself had benefitted as a young person from strong role models and counselling. I had grand aspirations to give something back (and in my own way change the world)!
Poetry, performance and story In February this year, I attended a very inspiring and stimulating AD4E event in Cornwall. Sandwiched between the various talks, there were a few very powerful poetry performances that left quite an impression on me, despite the fact that I am quite a ‘heady’ person who, perhaps quite oddly, tends to […]
On 13th February A Disorder for Everyone was held in Cornwall and attended by over 120 people. Two of those who came were two allies from Norway. Siv and Inger-Mari share their thoughts about the day here.
Over the summer I was lying in bed above a cycle hire shop in Krakow, Poland when I heard a ping on my phone. I was feeling happy that morning because I was on holiday with my family and, in spite of the weakness of the pound, our budget was stretching further than I’d anticipated. […]
I have grappled with the angle to take with writing a review of Drop the Disorder. Should it be from my perspective as Family Psychotherapist working in our NHS Crisis teams and struggling to have my no labeling stance heard or respected by my colleagues clinging to their DSM bibles of pharmaceutical damage? Or perhaps […]
In around 1965, when my mother, Anne, was twelve, she was told she was schizophrenic. A smart, quick-witted child with a talent for comedic poetry and a love of Oscar Wilde, she was not suited to the strict, nun-led Catholic schooling thrust upon her.
Projecting my own vulnerability For 17 years I worked in mainstream mental health services. I qualified as a social worker in 2001, got my first job in mental health in 2002. I wanted to make a difference! Having grown up with a fair amount of traumatic experiences myself, I felt I had something to give. […]
Press Release Embargoed 00:01 Wed 28th Nov 2018 Are 1 in 8 children and young people really ‘mentally disordered’? Mental health organisations challenge the language of illness and disorder – On November 22nd 2018, NHS Digital released a widely publicised report on children and young people’s mental health, which found that one in eight children […]
The joy of making new connections On Friday I finally got to attend a Disorder for Everyone event – the 11th, in Edinburgh, and I’m very glad I did. Whilst the day got off to a slightly unusual start, as I somehow ended up helping out with registration – with lots of people asking me […]