Monday, 17 June 2019

Twitter is like having penpals ...





Saturday, 15 June 2019

Tayside legacy of groundbreaking sci-fi comic strip which even predicted the year of the moon landings @thecourieruk

In the online Courier newspaper today:

'Tayside legacy of groundbreaking sci-fi comic strip which even predicted the year of the moon landings' by Graeme Strachan:

Chrys Muirhead with the books.
Chrys Muirhead with the books.



'Tayside legacy of cult sci-fi strip' Graeme Strachan @thecourieruk 15Jun19 #JeffHawke #WilliePatterson

In today's Courier:


My quote in newspaper article: 



my Dad Willie Patterson c1963, a selfie taken in our home, Perth, Pomarium flats


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An Email sent this morning: 

"Dear Graeme 

Thank you for writing such a true representation of the story, in the comic strip and told by me. ....

Your article makes me want to go and read more of Jeff Hawke, the mention of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the alien estate agent and the Englishman on the moon in a Mini Cooper! ... 

Well done for bringing the sci-fi stories more alive and to the Courier readership.  Much appreciated.

Regards, Chrys"


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These Jeff Hawke 1986 and 1987 Titan Books editions sent to me by Sydney Jordan after my Dad's funeral, October 1986:



Inscription in Book Two:



from Jeff Hawke Book Two Counsel for the Defence, Titan Books Ltd, Pub 1987


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I donated copies of the 2008 republications of Jeff Hawke stories by Titan Books to both Fife and Dundee Libraries, the latter copies went into the Local History department, and I will be donating books also to Perth Library:





Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Peer Support, Navigating the System, Safe Houses for Psychosis ...

Some of the mental health initiatives I wanted to be involved in setting up in Fife and Scotland since 2008 when I organised Celebrating Recovery in Cupar, April, creating vol org Peer Support Fife and my own website Chrys Muirhead Associates in the January.

I organised this event voluntarily & many others subsequently
 
Peer Support Fife website archive

link to mental health matters page (website to be updated)


I'd made a full recovery after psychosis and psychiatric treatment 3 times, 1978, 1984 and 2002, so was really keen on helping others to do the same, by promoting peer support or mentoring, ways of navigating the psychiatric system and latterly safe houses for psychosis.  But there wasn't the appetite for it and the agendas of others took priority.  I'd been a "one man band" or "force of nature" (both descriptions given about me by MH managers) when running various events from 2008-12 then exposing locked seclusion room abuses, singlehandedly supporting my son, having got abandoned by MH services after raising complaints.  

I didn't choose to be a campaigner but I couldn't let them abuse my son and get away with it.  Although they did get away with it, up to a point, protected by the health board and their social work colleagues who ganged up against me.  It's a thankless task being a whistleblower about human rights abuses in psychiatric settings.  There's no profit in it or medals to be awarded.  Best not to get bitter about the unfairness.  I've got a life to live, other stories to tell, if time (and God) allows ...

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Photos from today in Dundee:

selfie by son Daniel 😊
Perth Road

Sunday outing to Edinburgh and Rosslyn Chapel:






Sunday, 2 June 2019

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

watching Grandchildren play hockey for Harris Academy at DISC Dundee 26May19




Granddaughter playing in under 12's, having already played for Harris Academy under 10's, following in her brother's footsteps:



Grandson, number 74, playing in under 14's for Harris Academy: