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My son Daniel and I travelled down to London to meet them and I was keen to invite Davoine and her husband to Fife to speak. However in Feb11 we also travelled to Ireland, Athlone, to hear Robert Whitaker lecture on his book 'Anatomy of an Epidemic', arranging for him to visit Scotland and Fife in November 2011. Both of these Feb11 trips were self funded.
Bob's lecture was organised under the auspices of Peer Support Fife which I ran voluntarily, having set it up in January 2008. Fifers Prof Phil Barker and his wife Poppy Buchanan-Barker offered to open and close the lecture in Elmwood College, Cupar.
PS Fife ran out of funding in 2011 and by 2012 the website became an archived resource, and I became a mental health writer, activist and human rights campaigner. Caring and advocating for my son after the psychiatric abuse of the locked seclusion room, February 2012, in the IPCU Stratheden Hospital, NHS Fife. Winning an Ombudsman case at the end of September 2014 and a brief written apology from the Fife Health Board in the October, admitting no liability.
Light reading 🌞🤓🎶 leaving Cupar heading for #VOXScotland AGM & Conference Glasgow to speak out & have a Voice 🎤🎷🐑 pic.twitter.com/ud1i6ly6zD— Chrys Muirhead (@ChrysMuirhead) September 5, 2016
#HistoryBeyondTrauma a-letheia - non-forgetting, the very name of truth. "sometimes a fit of madness tells us more" pic.twitter.com/iVAxqRvptK— Chrys Muirhead (@ChrysMuirhead) September 5, 2016
Wittgenstein "jumping from one topic to another .... over a wide field of thought, criss -cross in every direction" #HistoryBeyondTrauma— Chrys Muirhead (@ChrysMuirhead) September 5, 2016
#HistoryBeyondTrauma "Must we really try to subdue this hypersensitivity?" #madness pic.twitter.com/nChE9NsOoh— Chrys Muirhead (@ChrysMuirhead) September 6, 2016
#HistoryBeyondTrauma #FrancoiseDavoine two war veterans speak: #Wittgenstein & #Descartes pic.twitter.com/pzgImGwGhV— Chrys Muirhead (@ChrysMuirhead) September 6, 2016
#HistoryBeyondTrauma "the connection between madness and trauma is not a causal one" #Davoine #Gaudilliere pic.twitter.com/BdINCYZBOU— Chrys Muirhead (@ChrysMuirhead) September 6, 2016
Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic, public lecture Cupar, Fife, Scotland, 19 November 2011 from Chrys Muirhead on Vimeo.
"According to conventional histories of psychiatry, the arrival of Thorazine in asylum medicine in 1955 kicked off a 'psychopharmacological revolution' Yet, since 1955, the disability rate due to mental illness in the United States has risen more than six-fold. Moreover, this epidemic of disabling mental illness has accelerated since 1987, when Prozac - the first of the "second-generation" drugs - arrived on the market. This increase in disability is also being seen in other countries that have embraced the use of psychiatric drugs: Canada, UK, Ireland, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand, among others. A review of the long-term outcomes literature for psychiatric medications reveals why this is so. The 'medical model' paradigm of care, which emphasises continual use of psychiatric medications, is a failed paradigm, and needs to be dramatically re-thought.": Robert Whitaker