I have been on both sides of the fence of mental health services. I have been a ‘patient’ and I have worked as an Integrative therapist for the NHS and non-profit organisations. When emotional distress, trauma and pain are understood through the lens of pathology, I feel saddened and fearful.
Poetry, performance and story In February this year, I attended a very inspiring and stimulating AD4E event in Cornwall. Sandwiched between the various talks, there were a few very powerful poetry performances that left quite an impression on me, despite the fact that I am quite a ‘heady’ person who, perhaps quite oddly, tends to […]
Over the summer I was lying in bed above a cycle hire shop in Krakow, Poland when I heard a ping on my phone. I was feeling happy that morning because I was on holiday with my family and, in spite of the weakness of the pound, our budget was stretching further than I’d anticipated. […]
The joy of making new connections On Friday I finally got to attend a Disorder for Everyone event – the 11th, in Edinburgh, and I’m very glad I did. Whilst the day got off to a slightly unusual start, as I somehow ended up helping out with registration – with lots of people asking me […]
Coherent language about mental health On Thursday 6th September I heard, for the first time, a coherent language being spoken about mental health. I had almost given up hope of such a language existing. It was a powerful day for me personally. It was also validating in terms of the work which I, as a […]
Article by Monica Glover. What messages is society giving to abusers… At the end of an action-packed day, the sound of about 200 people’s thunderous applause said everything! The light and spacious Carrs Lane venue was packed, and I could sense the bubbly energy of anticipation even as we queued to book in. Jo Watson […]