This Doctor Who episode came to mind today after receiving a host of unwanted Emails about negative mental health topics from Scottish agitators. This has happened before and when I have got involved with them it's not been a positive experience.
I can think of many other similar examples since 2008 when I dived into Scotland's mental health world wanting to help promote peer support and recovery, as a person with Lived Experience, because I thought there was a genuine move to shift the balance of power in psychiatric treatment.
The good thing about setting up Peer Support Fife and organising many events with a range of speakers, including international visitors, and running workshops in other Scottish areas, was that I got a "profile" in mental health and this was a great help in 2012 when exposing human rights abuses in Stratheden psychiatric Hospital. This has been well documented by me in blogs and on social media.
I'm a caring person, have worked in communities since 1980 with children, young people and adults, to empower and provide opportunities for learning. As a child growing up in Perth, Scotland, I had many different friends at school and afterwards, at play, and was a natural leader, an independent thinker, however mostly under the radar, not a prefect or teacher's pet, enjoying adventures and a bit of mischief at times.
|photo of me taken by my Dad c1963|
did well at Perth Academy without too much effort, gaining enough
Highers in 5th year to get unconditionals at 4 Scottish Universities -
Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling. I stayed on to 6th year doing
Algebra, Calculus and Algol computer programming plus Higher Geography
and dressmaking. Dabbled in German and Physics O-grades but gave them up
as wasn't interested. I also taught a girl in O-grade Maths, getting
paid for it, she passed.
I found out about my leadership abilities at a youth leaders' training weekend, Wrangholm Hall, New Stevenson, in around 1981 when we lived at Rigside. The organisers got us to undertake a range of games and activities to find out our skills, attributes. One of them was at midnight in the garden, in the dark, in teams tied together with thread, and I eventually took charge after a lot of dithering about.
Another activity was a game which they videod, of us negotiating with each other to gain points, which I again did well at, although I was very self conscious at being filmed, didn't like watching myself on video. However I didn't do the Trust games which everyone else took part in. And they showed the One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest film which I'd not seen before. But I never said anything about having been a mental patient in 1978.
I'd got onto the Krypton Factor in 1980 at Granada TV after my sister-in-law sent off for the application without telling me. So I went in for it along with 10k others and 500 of us got interviews, mine was at STV Cowcaddens, then 32 of us got on TV, 8 heats of 4 and I was against 3 men.
|my sister-in-law Vanessa took this photo, she helped me get fit for assault course|
I ended up last, the taxi driver won our heat. And I was last at the assault course, being scared of heights but at least I finished it, way behind my fellow male contestants.
|all the assault course heats were held together at an army base 1980|
I suppose keeping fit has been a constant through the years from when I joined the Aberdeen University Weightlifting Club the first week of first term, end of September 1970, along with the OTC/Officers Training Corps for which I got paid, a definitive incentive, plus learning .22 rifle shooting which I enjoyed, also the orienteering in the hills above Faslane, although I wasn't so keen on wearing the uniform and marching.
Keeping fit at various times over the decades from then until now has no doubt helped when it feels like I've been carrying others on my back or they have jumped on without asking my permission. It's one thing to carry your bairns after psychiatric abuse, taking the strain, until they can recover from the space invasion and coercive drug treatment. But I don't appreciate others taking advantage of my good nature, thinking they can jump on my back, manipulating my time.
Ending on a positive note: today's Bodyjam exercise dance class in Dundee was good fun and very useful for helping sore knee to recover. I really felt the benefit during and after.
music and laughter set me up well for Bodyjam dancing and exercise class at Douglas Sports Centre;— Chrys Muirhead (@ChrysMuirhead) October 15, 2020
same dance class tutor as when I went before; I really like her way of instructing, very inclusive https://t.co/rgbJe0Betz