Wednesday, 18 April 2018

You're In Love With a Psycho - Kasabian

Some light relief.  

I found that when I experienced psychosis and voluntarily entered a psychiatric ward (3 times, in 1978, 1984, 2002) I was coercively medicated (drugged) with antipsychotics and this took away my enjoyment of life, my sense of humour.  It was only when I tapered the drugs and recovered myself that I could laugh at life again.

Monday, 16 April 2018

won't make Ireland trip

Unfortunately I'm not going to manage Dublin and Ireland trip on Wednesday due to sore throat and swollen glands, not feeling well enough to travel, maybe another time, was looking forward to it, disappointing but can't be helped.  

Since the turn of the year I've had flu type bugs, sore ear, throat, head stuff.  2017 had various stressors, not least my youngest son's collapsed lung and operation at the end of November, another difficult Christmas time.


Planned trip:

Dublin, Belfast, 18-21 April 2018
Internet Interventions Conference, Trinity College

Trinity College Dublin 26Feb11; photo by son, of me taking photo!
Some other photos from Ireland trip in February 2011:

me taken by my Son in Trinity College grounds
River Liff, Dublin

firestarter, Dublin

Friday, 13 April 2018

new page Hospital Horrors & links to Safe haven crisis Houses

New page added: Hospital Horrors February 2012

Have also created a list of links to Crisis Houses & Safe Havens in the UK and Ireland which I'm aware of, right side of blog under Twitter feed, some of which I've visited, others which I hope to visit, adding to the list as I go along: 


In May 2011 I visited Dial House, Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service (LSLCS) while running, voluntarily, Peer Support Fife, accompanied by committee member Ross.  We also met up with Carers Jen Kilyon & Theresa Smith from Soteria Network, Bradford. 

Later that year I organised a conference At the Sharp Edge, Dunfermline, Fife, about peer-led crisis alternatives, in collabortion with SAMH, at which Fiona Venner, LSLCS, gave a presentation.  Billy Watson was unable to do the opening address as he was returning from IIMHL in America. 


I visited the Drayton Park Women's Crisis House, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, in July 2016 and heard about the Service from Manager Shirley McNicholas who was instrumental in setting it up in 1995.

from left to right: Shirley, me, Hannah, 19July2016

‘I’d Rather Die Than Go Back to Hospital’: Why We Need a Non-medical Crisis House in Every Town @AnneCooke14

"Drayton Park women’s crisis house in North London offers an alternative to hospital admission for women experiencing mental health crises. It was Shirley McNicholas’ vision that brought it into existence and she has been leading the service since it opened.  As it approaches its twentieth anniversary in December, she talks to Anne Cooke."


Link to website page What are crisis houses?

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

new blog started 10 April 2018

10 April 2018: Created this new Blog to hold my action research into Safe (haven crisis) Houses for Psychosis, to influence development of same in Scotland.

Trips planned so far:

Dublin, Belfast, 18-21 April 2018
Internet Interventions Conference, Trinity College

Trinity College Dublin 26Feb11; photo by son, of me taking photo!

Cardiff, Wales, 9-12 May 2018  
Mental Health Today Conference