Saturday, 12 January 2019

"This is Psychiatry. Punishing sons for the bad behaviour of their fathers."

This morning on x54 bus to Dundee: 

Wanted to capture these tweets in a blog post, having noticed this man at bus stop and going over to engage with him.  I used to often see him at Dundee bus station with his Mum but haven't seen her for a long time.  We were volunteers together at LINK MH Befriending Project East Fife, first meeting each other at the training course in autumn of 2003 in St Andrews when I was still on psychiatric drugs, at the beginning of my recovery, getting motivated with voluntary work.

This Mother attended the Celebrating Recovery event I ran in April 2008 under the auspices of Peer Support Fife, funded by Scottish Recovery Network, although I did all the work.  She was always hopeful and supportive of her son getting better, mental health wise.  He did look better today than what I've seen him and it was good to witness this.  I think that will be about 30yrs that he has lived with MH challenges and many of these in Stratheden Hospital, surviving psychiatric abuse.  

There has to be a better way of working with men in mental distress.  I've had 3 sons engaging with the psychiatric system, experiencing psychosis after leaving home for university in the city.  All of them were induced to be born, overdue, I was put on oxytocin to bring on contractions.  They must have surely felt safer in the womb?  Forced to come out into the world and then experiencing a rite of passage from youth into adulthood, after leaving home and their good Mother.  

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