"VOX is a National Mental Health Service User Led organisation, we work in partnership with mental health and related services to ensure that service users get every opportunity to contribute positively to changes in the services that serve them and wider society."
I don't believe that VOX has made room for people like me in their membership, survivors of mental illness and psychiatry. It has become increasingly difficult for my voice to be heard in VOX matters. My activism and campaigning has resulted in bullying by VOX board members in Emails and discrimination at meetings. My protest will be a way of me having a voice and is a matter of principle.
The straw that broke this camel's back came via a two pronged attack. A combination of arrogance, ignorance and condescension. An unctuous mixture. I took the bullying, the badmouthing and the backstabbing but the condescension is a step too far.
So I have resigned from the membership of VOX as a matter of conscience. I can't be a member of a group that supports (doesn't stand against) forced treatment in psychiatric settings. It would be condoning the force used against my sons, my mother and me. In my opinion VOX should be speaking out about and against human rights abuses in psychiatric treatment, rather than being a focus group for government and NHS.