Category Mental Health Practice

Dignity and Light

Dignity and Light posterTwo new poem collections are about to be uploaded on the website of the project I run, called “Poems for…“.

One of them is on Learning Disability and is called “Poems for… Bridges to Learning Disability”  The other… Continue reading Dignity and Light

Poems for United Response

United Response is a registered charity which supports people who have disabilities. It aims to help them fulfill themselves and be less isolated in our community. It seeks to ensure they receive their basic human rights.

In mentioning this particular organisation here, I am not seeking to advertise it at the possible expense of… Continue reading Poems for United Response

The sky is cloudy, the coast is nothing clear. Is there anything we should be doing ?

I was contacted recently by a friend and colleague now retired. She was an NHS mental health worker, who gave her all for years flat out, feelingly and wisely. Now she paces and grieves. Here is a slightly abridged version of what she wrote :

“I have met with several ex-colleagues recently. On Saturday… Continue reading The sky is cloudy, the coast is nothing clear. Is there anything we should be doing ?

Mental Health Witness – how to consult with people who have turned to you for help

Here is a version of a message just written to a mental health manager who recently sent me a draft-“user involvement strategy” being put

Mental Health Witness – malpractice in mental health consultation

Health and Social Services in the UK often run open meetings for people who use mental health services. Such meetings are seen as opportunities to give people information on new policy developments, as well as letting them “have their say.”

Mental Health Witness – Marketing “Recovery”

In the mental health services, the “Recovery Model” has achieved good sales in recent years. Good pitch, good branding. Upwardly-mobile managers and organisations able to lay claim to being passionate about “recovery” win brownie-points and funding. We function in that sort of climate these days, in the care services.

Mental Health Witness – Who’s a Skiver, then ?

George Osborne’s division of the nation into Us “Strivers”  and Them “Skivers” (but weren’t  we once “all in this together” ?) has reminded me of some nineteenth century history I learned at school. It provides some context for Osborne’s venomous jingle two centuries later, and a way of measuring its quality and pedigree.

Mental Health Witness – are UK services getting worse ?

I was at an event at the Poetry Society in London the other night, celebrating the 21st anniversary of a small charity concerned with mental health and creativity. The charity’s Chair stood up and suggested that mental health services are actually worse now than they were when the charity was founded, all those years ago… Continue reading Mental Health Witness - are UK services getting worse ?

A Statement of Principle in time for Christmas

I suspect that many of us see “principle” as something we can just hive off and leave in airy-fairy land while we hurry out to do our Christmas shopping.  So I’ll say straightaway that, on the contrary,  true and meaningful principle may in the end be the only fact that counts, far more… Continue reading A Statement of Principle in time for Christmas

Riding the Hyphen – but to what effect ?

I run a small charity called Hyphen-21 and January can be an anxious month, with accounts and reports needed by the Charity Commissioners no later than the 31st. But I actually enjoyed writing the report this year. It clarified a few ideas and its overview brought out some pattern and coherence to what usually just… Continue reading Riding the Hyphen - but to what effect ?

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