excerpt from an Email sent yesterday:
few years back in Fife I was brought into speak at a workshop as a
"performing monkey" by a local mental health organisation. I wasn't
involved in the whole show, just doing my performance, talking about
Unfortunately in Scotland's mental health world the
professionals prefer performing monkeys, service users who will tell
them what they want to hear or if saying anything at all critical that
it may be accompanied by positive stuff also.
At last year's crisis network conference I was involved in
leading, speaking and presenting a workshop at the event. No performing
monkey in sight. This was thanks to a clinical nurse manager who dared
to have me involved in this way.
Well, the outcome was to be
expected. I was targeted in the feedback, named and shamed, criticised
in the workshop when I was facilitating it, by my co-worker a
psychiatrist. Then bullied in Emails from that point on, until the
meeting we had the other week where the bullying continued until I was
forced to leave the group.
That's what happens when the performing monkey becomes an organ grinder."