Here is a Letter I've just sent by Email to the See Me Scotland Director, copied in to associates, in response to a quote I saw on their website, mentioning injustice and equal rights:
I am looking through the See Me website to see what's happening, also because I'm writing a blog post about the See Me Pledge Framework,
draft, which has been sent to me by a friend who has asked for my
opinion on it. On first glance the pledge looks like another
employability manifesto to get people off their benefits and back to
work. Government speak. Military tactics. "Who should we be
targeting?" Then business speak: toolkits, actions, audits. Plus
sticking the "peer" word in for good measure.
Anyway, on searching the news articles and other pieces, I came upon this quote from you in one of them, that caught my eye:
"Judith Robertson, See Me programme director, said: “We are creating a
movement of people, groups and organisations all over Scotland who care
about injustice and equal rights in society.""
and equal rights, both causes that I have always cared about
passionately as a Scottish community grassroots development worker since
1980. Even more so since what was done to my son in Stratheden
psychiatric Hospital, Feb12, when his basic human rights were denied
and there was no justice for a mother and her son speaking out. I was
excluded from Scottish patient safety programmes, had my reputation
slandered by civil servants, because I am a writer, activist and human
rights campaigner. No justice.
As I see it, we are not going to challenge the dehumanising treatment of psychiatric inpatients by keeping quiet about it or by keeping in with the powers that be.
Mental health law gives power to professionals to compel people to be
subject to forced drug treatment in Scotland. Resistance or
"non-compliance" will be overcome, the person declared to be "without
capacity". We have found the mental health act safeguards to be unsafe, not implemented properly or monitored effectively. That is the reality.
Stigma and Discrimination of people with mental health issues or
"mental illness", I believe, begins in the place where they have their
agency and freedom taken away. Replaced with a mental disorder label
and a stain on their character. If you don't believe me then I
suggest you tell a psychiatrist that you have strange thoughts, hear
voices, are suicidal, want to self harm or to hurt other people, and
then sign yourself into a mental hospital. Try and get out of that one.
for me, I never told a psychiatrist anything much. I didn't hear
voices or have strange thoughts. I wasn't suicidal until they put me on
Venlafaxine. I didn't want to harm myself or other people. I only had
puerperal psychoses after painful, induced childbirths, then an altered
mind state at the menopause. And for my sins was given a
"schizoaffective disorder" label, when the drugs didn't work, a label
that sits in my notes and turns up in the notes of my son. As in "family history of". That is Stigma and Discrimination. Root and branch.