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I'm still trying to find the service user Arts people - anyone out there - anyone now if anythings happening in West London?
Hope all is well with you Joe - we have the next Art and Soul exhibition in May this year - it would be good to hear from you and hope you can come and see the show!
I got the impression the survivor movemednt had died - I'm happy to find ye here - I'm looking to institute a night three or four times a year where we can meet in West London - a music, and poetry and befriending night - with MINDs help - maybe you''l let me know your thoughts
ARTS DISABILLITY is here till I learn to navigate around the site - hope you enjoy
circulate if you will
W17Mar2010-13.20gmt,Westminster Reference Library
hi joe - I second what Jeff said. May the survivor movement and Footsteps carry on being unstoppable. - robert
Great piece Joe... In support and solidarity.
Onwards and upwards,
I am campaigning for museums to engage with mental health having been a mental health user in the past in the NHS. I my Depression as part of me but does not define who I am. I now understand how to manage it by a holistic approach of the mental, spiritual and physical.
However, I have been a NHS service user when I was in serious crisis. It was necessary just to contain me but medication and hospitalisation is not the long-term answer.
Nice article Joe!
I am also happy to consider myself a Survivor, since I have dropped the coat of the user, that somehow I ended up wearing.
The main thing that "users" have to understand is that they are the ones being used: the system is using them, but apparently there is no proof that anyone is being "cured", no matter what the effort of Psychiatry is.
Shame that most of this effort is concentrated on producing money-making drugs in which little- if any - consideration is taken to what a human being really need to be fully functional .
The only aim seems to be the one of obtaining a zombie-like army that refrain to live their amazing lives for the sake of some "professionals" that have the authority to say that your individuality is a symptom of an illness.
Most of the Survivors are the ones that have opted for a saner route, I believe
"Recovery begins with NON-Compliance!" are the wise words of the Mad Hatters Of Bath.
Thank you for mentioning Friday's event btw, I hope to meet you there.
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