my comment on today’s @Ayrshirehealth post – iPledge by @dtbarron #makeadifference:
“I am pleased to see that Tommy is making a difference and that his past career of being a tour promoter is helping with this.
Regarding your comment Derek: “not by shouting and protesting, tying himself to railings” I have to come in here and say that sometimes it requires active resistance for cultures to shift and radically change. I am thinking of suffragettes and civil rights movements, without which the world would be a poorer place, in my opinion.
As an unpaid carer I support two sons who are disabled because of mental health difficulties, one of whom lives with me. I get £61/week for the privilege. I also voluntarily write and campaign for improvements to mental health and psychiatric services, and sometimes this does involve a protest, speaking out, although up to this point I haven’t had to tie myself to railings. But I would be prepared to if it made a difference.”
See blog post ‘London demo 29 November 2012: ‘bringing in the heavies at the perinatal psychiatry conference’ with SOAP‘. Photos from protest, taken by Cheryl Prax: