Tuesday, 19 February 2019

I don't want buried in Cupar (beside my Mother); scunnered by a letter from GP

Email strapline sent to my 2 older sons just now: "I don't want buried in Cupar"; have advised them to burn me and throw my ashes in the Tay, Dundee or Perth.

Update in the evening 19Feb19:

I was very scunnered with letter from my Cupar GP which I received yesterday and was meant to be in support of a move to Dundee but rather was discriminatory, focusing on past mental health challenges, 15yrs ago, as if they were current.  Very little mention of physical health issues which I self manage, some of them due to psychiatric treatment, and the fact that I don't take any medication came over as a negative when it should be a positive.

I paid £20 for that letter.  Very annoying.  I had to raise a complaint about it with the Practice Manager.  Based on past experience of raising complaints in NHS Fife I am not confident of a positive outcome.  Mental health human rights abuse whistleblowers are not popular in Scotland.


Tweets from last night:

Monday, 11 February 2019

Sock knit relaxing at V&A Dundee 🐑

[written on Galaxy mobile when in V&A]

Just now in the bowels of the ship with an iced diet coke knitting 2nd Drifter Maryland cabled sock:


AD4E - A Disorder for Everyone - at Wolverhampton

"A Disorder for Everyone!" - Challenging the culture of psychiatric diagnosis and exploring non-pathologising alternatives in association with The University of Wolverhampton.

Contributors confirmed so far include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Johann Hari, Prof Peter Kinderman, Dr Akima Thomas, Sally-Ann, Dr Sue Cunliffe, Dr Sami Timimi, Dave Traxson, Mica Gray, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney ..."

"Lucy Johnstone presents the current debates and controversies about psychiatric diagnosis. It is increasingly acknowledged, even within the mental health establishment, that categories like 'schizophrenia', 'bipolar disorder' and 'personality disorder' lack validity. The assumption that distress is best understood as disease can have very serious consequences for the individual, their identity, and their path to recovery. In the morning Lucy will present alternatives to diagnosis which can help people to make sense of experiences of distress, however extreme, and which are based on working together to explore personal meaning. In the afternoon Lucy will introduce participants to the Power Threat Meaning Framework."

Peter Kinderman: "... In June of this year, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Pūras, argued that: “...a reductive neurobiological paradigm causes more harm than good, undermines the right to health, and must be abandoned…. There is a need of a shift in investments in mental health, from focusing on "chemical imbalances" to focusing on "power imbalances and inequalities.”
In my view, these are genuine auguries of a positive change, but it is worth reflecting that this movement bears few hallmarks of academic scientific or medical advancement, where academic arguments are won and changes ensue, and feels much more like a civil rights struggle, with citizens asserting their rights to humane care and the protection of their fundamental human rights.":


I received an Email about this event from Dave Traxson and reading through the information, the range of speakers, it sparked my interest, even considered trying to attend but it's too far away to travel in a day.  I liked the mention of a "civil rights struggle" by Prof Kinderman and protecting human rights, the recognition that these will come about from the grassroots, by "citizens" assertive behaviour, campaigning, activism, resistance.  Catalysts for change.

Friday, 8 February 2019

taking buses is a big part of my life just now

Living in Springfield Fife I take buses most days (free bus travel as a pensioner, now 67yrs young), Monday to Friday into Dundee, via Stagecoach 94 to Leuchars then 99, for swimming at the Olympia Dundee, leaving the house at 7.25am.  Depending on the weather I may visit libraries, museums, walk up hills (Law, Hilltown, Balgay), taking buses part of the way, there or back.  Or go to Broughty Ferry beach and Castle.  Go further afield on Citylink to Perth or even Aberdeen, once so far.  Last November I swam in Angus pools, at Arbroath and Forfar, getting there by bus.

Here are some photos this week from bus travel, selfies, views, knitting:

today x54 bus back from Dundee
today 33 bus stop Victoria Rd Dundee for Whitfield

today from 33 bus to Whitfield, at Fintry

today 33 bus back from Whitfield back down town
yesterday x26 bus back from Dundee

yesterday x26 bus back from Dundee
yesterday Dundee Seagate bus station

Wednesday x54 bus back from Dundee & photo below ...

Thursday, 7 February 2019