One thought on “Seeing through the patient’s eyes (Café Scientifique, Newcastle, 21 October 2013)

  1. We know when opportunities once there, are no longer available. We know when the Axe has fallen on continuing care and that we are to be thrown to the DWP dogs to do what they want with us. We know that government welfare measures are devoid of humanity. We tell it like it is, but is anybody listening? Our experiences only have inclusive validity if our basic citizenship is being acknowledged and reciprocated – hardly the case when doors to public roles for people with mental ill-health are slammed shut! I worry that our contributions are one-way traffic, unreciprocated and falling upon blocked ears. We are not a discrete group – how can we plan concerted action to combat the hidden adversaries in government departments who snipe at us and covertly plot our demise? It is not just seeing through lenses – it is being us in our roles of speaking on our own experiences in ways which resonate with people who can corroborate our observations from shared like experience. So barring people needs to Stop, and the inherent humanity of people with dire conditions given scope for free expression in the forums that set our context , landscapes and pathways to progress and recovery. We will all struggle without this.

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