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.
- 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
- 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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