Tag Archives: Discrimination

Troubles

So this week Prince Harry made a number of statements on mental health. I am really glad that he feels able to disclose a need for treatment around the death of his mother. It would be very sad to think of him … Continue reading

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A thousand little indignities: what it means to be “a service user”

[TWs for suicidal thoughts, suicide methods and poor mental health care experiences] Last week a relative I haven’t seen in years watched my hypomania vlog and afterward felt moved to “give me some feedback”. I was interested in his thoughts, … Continue reading

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A more accepting age? Why stigma is nowhere near a thing of the past

STIGMA fig. A mark of disgrace or infamy; a sign of severe censure or condemnation, regarded as impressed on a person or thing; a ‘brand’. Example: 1882   J. H. Blunt Reformation Church of Eng. II. 172   Branded with the stigma … Continue reading

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This is what a mental patient looks like

Yesterday I spent a while with a group of service users and their supporters hanging around the gates of Thorpe Park. Only Katie Sutton, initiator of the online petition “Thorpe Park – close down the stigma”, was allowed on the … Continue reading

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#AsylumNO, the response: what do you think?

Dear Charlotte Firstly, can I thank you for the time that you’ve taken in contacting us either via twitter, guest services or the press office.  We haven’t been ignoring you but as the Divisional Director here at Thorpe Park, I … Continue reading

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#AsylumNO – a message from the 1:4 people with a mental health condition

UPDATE – email to Nick Varney, CEO Merlin Entertainment Dear Nick   It’s never my habit to go “straight to the top” – I believe in taking comments and complaints up through the chain of command.   But having been either … Continue reading

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Dear Thorpe Park: re shockingly insensitive “Asylum” event

Dear Guest Services, I understand that you plan to plan to run a Fright NIght event entitled “The Asylum.” Your website promises “a chaotic environment of noise, light and like action” where guests must “watch [their] back as [they] encounter … Continue reading

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Ever wondered what I sound like? New Converge podcast

Ever wondered what I sound like? Here’s a heads up that as of this morning you can catch me in conversation with Philippa Willitts (who you can also find on Twitter as @incurablehippie) on a brand new podcast called Converge. Converge is … Continue reading

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Why the Human Rights Act matters for people with mental health conditions

Human rights, eh? Cue eye-rolling exasperation from Conservative politicians and right wing press. Prime Minister David Cameron opines that the UK Human Rights Act, passed in 1998 and implemented in 2000, has created a “chilling culture” among people who worry … Continue reading

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It’s good to talk

Today I did something I’ve never done before: I stopped complete strangers enjoying a day out, to talk to them about mental health. I was one of a number of volunteers who had signed up with Time to Change to … Continue reading

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