Doing Good and Being Well in a Scary World: Kelly Wilson 13Feb17 Edinburgh University

Doing Good and Being Well in a Scary World:

The Long Arc of the Moral Universe

 Kelly G. Wilson

What: Benefit talk to support Commit and ACT. All benefits go directly to the shelter for girls who have been victims of violence in Sierra Leon. Shelter video

When: Monday, February 13, 2017, 6-8pm

Where: University of Edinburgh, Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square (click to see on Google Maps)

Who: This talk is open to anyone and everyone interested in learning about ways to do good and be well, as individuals and communities, in this scary world.

More Information and registration here 

 

Our Moral Duty to Protect Islam’s Reformers @joelhirst

Joel D. Hirst's Blog

As I started to write this post, my first reaction was to go deep – like I do sometimes. To draw lessons from our great cloud of reformers active since the dawn of politics: Cicero assassinated by senators of a republic that was no more; Galileo’s science that could not be silenced by an obscurantist church trying to stop the movement of the earth; John Knox’s flight from bloody England.

Yes, reformers have always had a tough time in their struggles – but that fact doesn’t make the decision to dissent any easier. For the reformer, their decision is personal. It is existential. It is – well quite scary really. Because they too bleed red; they too have children whom their work places in harm’s way; they too fear pain and violence. To take that step; to ‘swim against the current’ and say unpopular things directed toward people with whom…

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stressful Christmas thanks to #DWP letters: ESA & PIP forms MUST be completed or else

In the last couple of weeks my son has received a number of letters from the Department of Work and Pensions demanding that he complete ESA (Employment Support Allowance) and PIP (Personal Independence Payment replacing Disabled Living Allowance) forms by 29 December and 2 January respectively.  This has caused him to experience a high level of stress, exacerbated by their forms arriving late and phone calls to DWP numbers, as instructed, which were incorrect.  Added stress and panic attacks.  At an already stressful time of the year for people who have mental illness.  It is very unfair.

I don’t get any Carers Allowance now, since receiving my basic State Pension in March 2015 at the age of 62, although my son receives medium rate of Care within DLA, which should have lasted until 2018.  Therefore this PIP letter and claim form was unexpected.  For it to arrive at the same time as the ESA demand, was doubly damaging.  Having to face a possible reduction in monies which we both need to pay the bills.  For my son has lived with me since first accessing psychiatric inpatient care in 2005 at Stratheden Hospital, Cupar, Fife.

On my son’s 4th psychiatric inpatient stay in February 2012, he suffered various injuries and bad treatment, detailed in blog posts and complaints to NHS Fife, Fife Council, Scottish Government, MSPs, Mental Welfare Commission, Scottish Human Rights Commission, other mental health organisations and individuals, and finally to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.  At the end of September 2014 I heard from SPSO that my complaint against NHS Fife had been upheld and they were told to apologise which they did, in a brief letter later in the year.  Not before the interim Chief Executive of Fife Health Board Dr Brian Montgomery denied any responsibility for the abuse of my son in a Fife Herald piece, in response to my article:

Therefore we are experiencing a very stressful time leading up to Christmas, having to justify mental illness and disability.  My son will have to recount his mental health struggles, the panic attacks, anxiety, negative thoughts, lack of confidence, suicidal thoughts, all of which can happen on the worst day, when things are not going well, memories of what happened in February 2012 in the locked seclusion room, through the night.  Locked in for hours and left, broken hand untreated, needing the toilet, no nurses appeared in response to his shouting so he had to defecate on the floor of the cell, in the dark, light switch outside in the corridor.  Shameful treatment.  

His dirty protest at being left to defecate on the cell floor like an animal caused the 3 nurses, when they eventually appeared, to hold him face down in his own excrement, rubbing his face in it (resulted in glandular infection requiring antibiotics).  They fondled his genitals and penetrated his anus.  We don’t know with what, it wasn’t written in the notes.  Which means it didn’t happen, according to NHS Fife and SPSO.  

But we know it did.  And I had to live with the flashbacks for years after and still today my sons speaks of it.  It has to be spoken about.  For the sake of justice.  Although up to this day we got no justice.  Which nearly broke my spirit last year.  Fortunately I recovered.

 

Reductionism – truly, madly, deeply

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On Friday the 25th of November 2016 I gave a talk for the Scottish Philosophy and Psychiatry Special Interest Group.

My subject was “Improvement Science”.

The following is based on the slides and the four short films that I presented.

My talk was entitled:
001-improvement-science The meeting was held at the Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling:golden-lion-hotel-stirling-25-nov-2016-1golden-lion-hotel-stirling-25-nov-2016-2I started the day off:
002-improvement-scienceI gave these declarations:
003-improvement-science
I explained to the audience that like Dr Rev I M Jolly I can be overly pessimistic:

005-improvement-scienceThe dictionary definition of ‘Improvement’:
006-improvement-scienceThe dictionary definition of ‘Science’:
007-improvement-scienceMy concern is any pre-determinism to science:
008-improvement-scienceThe Health Foundation have considered Improvement Science: this is from 2011:
009-improvement-scienceMany different terms are used including “QI” for “Quality Improvement”:
010-improvement-scienceThis is where improvement science began, in Boston, Massachusetts:
011-improvement-scienceThe Founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) was Don Berwick:
013-improvement-scienceThe first description of this movement in Britain goes back to 1992 by Dr Godlee:
014-improvement-scienceFifteen years later, Dr Godlee…

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