Wednesday, 6 May 2015

keeping a lid on it

I've had the feeling for quite some time now that there is prevailing culture in Scotland's mental health world of keeping a lid on it.  Excluding critical voices.  Badmouthing activists.  Ignoring human rights issues.  Turning a blind eye to psychiatric abuse.

Nothing to be proud of.

And the bullying goes on.  Harassment and intimidation towards anyone who dares to say the emperor is naked.  He's not wearing any clothes.  Mental patients are at risk.  Civil servants are not doing the job right and getting away with it.

Lack of accountability.  Passing the buck.  Blaming the mothers.  Scapegoating.  Divide and conquer.  Empire medals to conformists.  Jobs for the boys. 

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Quite frankly it's an embarassment.  Speaking as a long time community educator and grassroots development worker.  A psychiatric survivor and unbeliever in the mantra of mental illness, that daddy knows best. 

Trying to keep a lid on it will only result in further pressure from the inside out.  It's a natural law or force of nature.  Think of volcanoes.  Eruptions.  Lava flows.

"Volcanoes form when magma reaches the Earth's surface, causing eruptions of lava and ash. They occur at destructive (compressional) and constructive (tensional) plate boundaries.bbc.co.uk


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