Scotland needs to create space for all voices

Hole Ousia

Chrys Muirhead recently wrote a blog post "appealing for survivor voices to be welcomed and respected in Scottish mental health arenas". I offered this short supportive reply:

Dear Chrys,
You are an inspiration to me and I know to many others.

It dismays me very much that you have had such a tough time over the last decade for speaking from the heart and putting your family first.

You have been a tireless friend and advocate for those who may find themselves disempowered (for whatever reason).

Your post returns my thoughts, once again, to why it should be like this in Scotland today? Are folk afraid to speak out despite high level strategies such as “See Me“, “Our Voice” and “Freedom to Speak Up“?

The history of Western approaches to mental health, predominantly medical, do provide some lessons. In June 2015, in a debate for ‘Battle of…

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