VOX (who call themselves a National Mental Health Service User Led organisation) advert that went out before Christmas:
3 Mental Health Services Expert Reviewers (psychiatrist, nursing, mental health improvement, social work, allied health professionals or voluntary sector (16 days @ £300 per day)
1 Lived Experience Review Panel Member (Service User – 16 days @ £300 per day)
Across 10 weeks April 2014 until June 2014
Edinburgh or Glasgow
Don’t all rush to reply if you have “Lived Experience” or you may be trampled in the stampede to fill this tokenistic position. I’m banned from VOX and off their mailing list but get forwarded their stuff from allies who keep me informed (thanks, you know who you are).
My response in an Email on 21 December 2013 to high heid yins in government, SAMH and MHF, also VOX chief exec/HIS employee and Advisers, as yet to get a reply:
“That sounds about right.
Three to one, Mental Health Services Expert Reviewers to Lived Experience Review Panel Member. Why not the other way about? As in, 3 folk with lived experience, of psychiatric treatment and mental health service land, to one person paid for it? Or even equal numbers. Or just 4 posts for people, paid worker or not, who have experienced “mental illness” rather than “common mental health problems”. That would challenge stigma and discrimination.
Another tokenistic, tick-box exercise in Scotland. Where those of us who have been through it, got the tee-shirt, then resisted the label, got free of the system and recovered despite the odds, are humoured and patted on the back, patronised. Given 16 days of work at the same rates as the person seconded. And then we have to go back to our usual existence with a psychiatric label indelibly written in our notes. Like tattoos on our wrists or foreheads.
What will it take for Scotland to demonstrate and practise the meaningful involvement of mental health service users and psychiatric survivors?“
Wonder if I should apply? Let me check. Does it say you have to be non-conformist, independently minded, free spirited, like a challenge, radical, prepared to take a stand against hierarchical shenanigans?
Och well. Never mind. Something else will turn up …