towards the end of the recent election campaign I wrote an open letter to Jonathan Ashworth, expressing my regret that he felt apparently able to joke with his Con friend about Labour chances (or otherwise) - while he had not felt able to respond to the information I sent him about my detriment sufferend after a Public Interest Disclosure on Patient Safeguarding in a Mental Health Trust near his constituency. I had been well aware that he could not assist as an MP since I am not a constituent, but I feel as a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Whistleblowing he might have found a way to get them to look at the case...
While I am not an alcoholic, I have learned to cherish some of the sense of humour acquired by many with a sense of freedom after quitting. So this is a story that springs to mind: After Pearl Harbour, early AA friends in the US were asked why they were not upset... Reply: We have had our Pearl Harbour some time ago.
In this spirit, I am inclined to say: Feeling insecure...? That's ok..
With any further concerns, if I can help, I will.
please visit my fb page to get impressions and discuss my work, values, focus and views on public affairs through my public posts:
You may say the statement quoted indicates a breach of the Public Interest Disclosure Act and ask: How can there be along drawn-out legal case following? - The tricks remain: Trying to discredit the whistleblower 'for other reasons', find tricks in the barrister's tool box - mmh, an honest person would have doubts about using... and away you go. Throw into the mix that the individual ends up being unrepresented and the Judge does not investigate the facts or the policies in place. And before you know it - the years go by.
email to the BBC (feedback and All In The Mind): ... just before I switched off the radio this am to avoid getting royally annoyed, I heard a royal correspondent (ca 845 on R4) speak (sort of complimentary) of Prince Harry having been mentally ill and seeking treatment.
I can't comment about any condition PH may or may not have suffered from, but in any case I find the language offensive (not only on his behalf). As far as I am aware he had to get over a psychological trauma. Period. As do many.
And: I am pretty sure the treatment he sought was not compulsory medication while being locked up in a NHS psychiatry ward as it would happen to people without funds and connections if they went off the rails. So it might be worth
- clarifying the terminology and discussing psychological treatment available vs outdated medication-only treatment on the NHS. Thank you.
Today I have filed a complaint with the European Commission as I see a breach of Art 6.1 HRA and Art 47 FREU - the latter guarantees an effective remedy for injustice suffered, the former a fair trial where needed - including 'equality of arms.
Today, let's start with how it all began:
While a Safeguarding Meeting for a female patient (in a mental health unit where I sas locum social worker at the time) was being prepared (Jan 2011: I was told in the presence of witnesses by a Senior Consultant a) “This (the allegation of sexual abuse of one of the Trust’s patients by her father) has long been a suspicion. At one point (the patient) threw herself down a flight of stairs. This was seen (sic) by some as due to the fact that (the father) was kissing her more in a boyfriend-girlfriend kind of manner. The allegation was put to him but denied and the Social Worker did not take it any further.” b) After I had indicated that this information would have to be part of the Safeguarding Meeting, the I was told, indicating a clear breach of the Public Interest Disclosure Act – PIDA -): “If you disclose (any of this) - there will be a Management Response.”
Published online, I read in the Nowrwich Evening News from Feb 9, 2018 about the suicide of a young man after failing to get mental health services. I only know about the case what I read there. Given that Sir Robert Francis QC's comment from the MidStaffs Enquiry still echoes in my mind, I am shocked but not all that surprised - "A culture has allowed to develop that puts the self-protection of the organisation over patient care..."
While working as a Locum Social Worker in England, I have more than once observed how even reasonably compassionate colleagues when the client did not respond to what was offered them reverted to blaming the client for being attention-seeking or worse. And more than once, after listening to difficult clients' concerns rather than their diagnosis, I have been able to offer simple real-life support for what they needed - assistance for the person to be able to help themselves. (Often they found useful the free online material published by teh Australian Centre for Clinical Interventions - their Consumer Handbooks).
So what shocks me here most is how client and algorithm-trained staff remained locked in a futile vicious circle of expectations. Ultimately, I see at the heart the expectation that the medical model of diagnosing and medicating can solve real-life problems people want to fix (as the father in this case says his late son was very keen to do even!)
It is the culture that needs to change. Psychiatry-survivors such as the Hearing Voces Network are already presenting key aspects of what is needed - taking the real concerns people live with and present seriously. From theere the process starts to see deeply and clearly.
Mostly due to demands on my time from a longstanding social justice/expert witness matter, I find myself not quite in the frame of mind to maintain regular blog entries, it appears. However, if you'd like to read some of my views, why don't you check out my public posts here: https://www.facebook.com/barbara.schaefer.984
- send me a messaga and we may be able to connect that way. Thank you.
BBC2 HORIZON last week offered a programme ("Why did I go mad?") that shows 3 survivors on their journeys and successful paths beyond medicating. Best watched: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08pltgy
Shared on change.org on the petition by a young woman determined to get help for her homeless brother who is an addict: "... agree with your demand for a new paradigm of mental health care. The MHA (and statutory services in general mostly) does nothing to aid recovery. However, I would just like to add: There is almost an element of cunning wisdom sneaking in where it says someone cannot be sectionned (and thus treated against their will) for being an addict. They'd be in there forever... In other words: It seems to be an existential truth that the addict has to be ready... and attempts to get them there (to being ready) have to be cunning, patient and 'ready to jump in' when the time is right ."