“Michael Cornwall shares from his own lived experience of extreme states
and 35 years of serving people in extreme states as a therapist in
medication-free psychosis sanctuaries and in the community. Michael
addresses this way of being with people in extreme states at
conferences, graduate schools, workshops, and at Esalen Institute.
Michael is an author at Mad in America (http://madinamerica.com). He can be contacted at his website, What is Madness? (http://michaelcornwall.com).
This video aired on 10/20/2014 in a workshop at the Alternatives
Conference led by Cardum Harmon and Dina Tyler of the Mandala Project.”
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As the dust begins to settle on #seeme14 at Dunblane Hydro, we have begun to analyse and reflect on our social media activity. From my perspective I would like to thank everyone who contributed online and helped build wider engagement with see me.
This event was the first time see me has attempted to reach out to people online and we were keen to see what support and interest there was for online engagement. From the number of tweets, retweets and blogs it’s clear that there is a big appetite for engagement by people involved with the programme and with people not present at the event.
Over the period from 31st March to today, close to 1500 tweets were sent using the #see me14 hashtag. They came from…
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“A professional colleague of mine recently wrote to me following a difficult experience: “I guess if we are to tackle stigma in mental health, we need to start closer to home in our colleagues”. It is now a decade since the debate above took place and one is left wondering where we are now given campaigns to tackle stigma such as ‘Changing Minds,’ ‘See Me’ and ‘Time to Change’. Is the story of the last ten years a tale of ‘benign professional progress?’ Has our profession led us out into the light and free of the dark stain of stigma? Has the biological and genetic paradigm as the prevailing explanation of mental illness helped in this? Do we really have meaningful engagement with users, sufferers, patients, and carers? And if we start closer to home as my colleague suggested, are we more like Sartorius thought, guilty of iatrogenic stigma or more like Dr Smith suggested, unlikely to misuse diagnosis and stigmatise others?” Peter J Gordon
This is an Editorial that I submitted to the British Journal of Psychiatry. It was rejected for the following reasons:
MS ID#: BJP/2012/115832
The strengths of this paper are:
- It discusses an important set of issues ie how far psychiatric staff themselves contribute towards stigma
The limitations of the paper are:
- It takes a rather anecdotal approach eg a colleague of mine recently wrote etc
- The paper does not seek to examine the evidence that stigma more generally, or more specifically within the psychiatric profession, are getting better or worse
- The paper tends to go over old ground somewhat eg in rehearsing definitions of stigma
- The literature review is rather patchy ie citing the Angermeyer review on biological causal explanations of mental illness but not the recent Schomerus paper
- The discussion is rather wide ranging eg referring to ‘herd instinct’ and Kierkergaard etc
- There is a fairly substantial literature on mental…
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