Today is the AGM and annual conference of VoX, which stands for 'voices of experience', who call themselves the Scottish national mental health service-user led organisation. Or FoG, another arm of the government, as I call it.
In July I sent an Email to VoX putting my name down to attend but got an Email back 2 weeks later, saying:
"Following a meeting of VoX Board on Monday 29 July 2013 it was decided that the VoX
Conference and Annual General Meeting falls into two categories,
the Conference is by invitation only and the annual general meeting is
for members only. Unfortunately you do not fit either of these two
categories and are therefore not able to attend."
In other words, I was banned. Excluded. Cast out. For daring to have a critical voice. Heaven forbid. That I should not agree with the 'majority' view, which is that coercive psychiatric treatment is OK and necessary in some cases.
When my son experienced human rights abuses in a psychiatric locked ward in February 2012 VoX neither challenged this nor stood with me.
Shame on you.