Posts Tagged Advocacy

The things I want don’t change when I’m unwell.

The things I want don't change when I'm unwell.

‘The service that was supposed to be there to help me was recreating my worst horrors. It breaks my heart.’
 
I was interviewed about my experience of compulsory treatment by The Age newspaper, for a story about Victoria’s new Independent Mental Health Advocacy service.

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I am the person of whom you speak

I am the person of whom you speak

One of the most difficult challenges I’ve had as a mental health consumer advocate is when people deny our lived experience. It drives me nuts. So-called recovered consumers. Last year I came across a person who used the term ‘so-called recovered consumers’. Worryingly, this person had influence in national mental health policy and she directly challenged the credibility and relevance of consumer advocates. She believed that no-one could really recover from ‘serious mental illness’, because that had been the experience of her family members. And so, her logic went, if people with ‘serious mental illness’ can’t really recover, then consumer […]

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