This year I plan to continue researching Safe haven crisis Houses in the UK and Ireland, to gather information and stories, so as to help set up Safe Houses for Psychosis in Scotland.
Link to Mind.org.uk website page What are crisis houses?
|left to right: Brenda, Fiona, Sandra, 24May2011|
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, funded by SAMH, at which Fiona Venner, LSLCS Manager, gave a presentation:
|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."
17 March 2017: on providing a safe house for my son
Since the psychiatric abuse of February 2012 I've been providing a safe house for my son, in our home, as his full-time Carer/caregiver. No support from social services or community nursing teams despite having completed a Carer Assessment form in 2012. And no Carers' Allowance since 2015 when I received my basic State Pension. We live in a council house in a Fife village and can't afford to run a car now, after 40 years of doing so. Which means getting the local bus which runs by Stratheden psychiatric Hospital where my son was abused. ..."
Sunday 5 October 2014 Express Front page: HOSPITAL HORRORS: Patient locked in cell with no toilet, food or water