About

I have worked to empower communities for over 30 years, in Scotland.  My first engagement with the psychiatric system was in 1970, aged 17, visiting my mother in a locked ward.  In every decade since I’ve supported many family members in their journey through madness and psychiatry.  A mother of 3 sons and now a grandmother I’ve also personally experienced psychoses, hospitalisation and a complete recovery, in 1978, 1984, and 2002.

In the 1990′s I achieved a degree in management then a community education postgraduate diploma, followed by another PG Cert TQFE, teaching qualification further education, in 2008 I set up Chrys Muirhead Associates and Peer Support Fife that same year, on seeing the peer support movement advancing in the USA, and am now a writer, activist and campaigner in mental health matters.  I expect to see psychiatric system change and am working with others towards that end.

My main blog is Chrys Muirhead Writes and tweet @ChrysMuirhead with a blog presence on Mad in America.

qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate Teaching Qualification Further Education, care subjects Stirling University 2008
  • Postgraduate Diploma Community Education, Northern College 1998
  • BA Administration Management, Fife College Kirkcaldy (best student) 1996

experience

  • Blogger, writer, activist, campaigner in mental health matters and human rights
  • Survivor of mental illness and the psychiatric system
  • Advocacy – with individuals and groups – mental health, learning disabilities, managing volunteers
  • Training and Lecturing – in community, college, WRAP, Peer Support
  • Project Development and Management – events, fundraising, networking, volunteer recruitment, report writing
  • Action Research – community development, mental health, adult learning
  • IT and Internet – design, websites, blogging, social networking
  • Children’s and Youth Work – community, school, church
  • Employability – work placements, jobs fairs, workshops, support into work

Setting up and leading Peer Support Fife

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