Tuesday, 8 May 2018

respect is (or should be) mutual; without fear

A man with lived experience of mental health issues said to me last week that I should be respectful.  Or at least he mentioned respect and looked in my direction.  He's been favoured for many years because he went to school with a senior social worker and speaks like he's one of them although he also can also play it both ways.  

I can understand this behaviour, it's a matter of survival.  However I don't condone it and think it's counterproductive when it comes to improving MH services and bringing about real change.  I hold the highly paid social workers responsible for favouring some over others and keeping the status quo.  It's not dissimilar to DClinPsy academics who seem to just want an easy life and a comfortable existence, money to spend, nice house and holidays, and users/carers who will tick the box re pet projects [I'm not happy that I was sidelined].

But respect is, or should be, mutual.  It's not one way.  The challenge is for the decision makers in statutory agencies and academia on big wages to work on ways to level playing fields so that respect is not about fear.


Was out in the garden earlier, weeding and planting early Pentland Javelins in old basins, also watering plants:

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