Tuesday, 16 January 2018

What are your burning issues for 2018? Safe Houses for Psychosis in Scotland #BMJ

'Re: What are your burning issues for 2018? Safe Houses for Psychosis in Scotland': my Response published in BMJ online, 16 January 2018



"My vision for 2018 and beyond is to influence the development of Safe Houses in Scotland for people who experience psychosis, alternatives to psychiatric inpatient treatment, offering a range of therapies and activities for mental wellbeing and recovery, including minimum prescribing of neuroleptics and help with tapering meds. Therefore I am researching safe haven crisis houses in other countries to evidence good practice, leadership and management, and to hear the stories from the people involved. 

Now aged 65, I’ve experienced puerperal psychosis twice, in 1978 and 1984, a menopausal psychosis in 2002, voluntarily entering psychiatric wards on all 3 occasions to be coercively drugged, eventually tapering meds myself, making a full recovery. More of my story can be found in a Psychosis Journal Opinion Piece, October 2017: 'Risk of relapse in psychosis: facing the fear, resisting mental illness' (1) and other stories in my main blog (2).

I’ve supported my 3 sons, 41, 39 and 33, when they experienced psychosis/psychiatry, helped them taper meds as I did. Then in 2015 I transitioned a 4th psychosis after years of campaigning for justice after my son's negative treatment as a psychiatric patient in February 2012, this time avoiding psychiatric treatment (3). This was a much more positive and life affirming experience from which I emerged a stronger, more confident, person. 

I believe that psychosis is transitional, can be a journey, an escape, a positive and uplifting experience if reasoned out, worked through and helped by companions, friends who are equals, without agendas. People who are willing to share in an Other's pain and imaginings, and in so doing may become part of the psychosis journey themselves. 

(1) Risk of relapse in psychosis: facing the fear, resisting mental illness: https://doi.org/10.1080/17522439.2017.1381757
(2) Chrys Muirhead Writes blog: http://chrysmuirheadwrites.blogspot.co.uk/
(3) Hospital Horrors: Patient locked in cell with no toilet, food or water; Scottish Sunday Express, 5 October 2014: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/518869/Patient-locked-in-cell-with-no-...



my drawing MH Strategy meeting Edinburgh 14Sep16


Risk of relapse in psychosis: facing the fear, resisting mental illness


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