Monday, 26 February 2018

'Fight to outlaw the drugging of care home patients nears victory' #HunterWatson @pressjournal 26Feb18

'Fight to outlaw the drugging of care home patients nears victory' Hunter Watson article, in The Press and Journal, 26 February 2018, by Ben Hendry

"Hiding drugs in the meals of care home residents could soon be made illegal as an Aberdeen campaigner’s 20-year crusade nears completion.

Under present rules, carers are able to conceal anti-psychotic medicine in the food and drink of patients as a means of keeping them sedate.

Retired lecturer Hunter Watson has branded it a “disgraceful” human rights breach, and his plea for change will be heard by the Scottish Parliament this week.

His campaign was sparked after his mother was admitted to a care home with dementia, and was secretly drugged by staff.

On Thursday, the Holyrood Public Petitions Committee will look at Mr Watson’s call for a “wide review” into mental health legislation.

He said: “I’m greatly concerned by what goes on in care homes.

“That people can be medicated against their will, and without their knowledge, is an absolute disgrace and goes against their human rights.”

The petition has received backing from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland and Scottish Human Rights Commission, which has given Mr Watson more hope that legislation will be brought in outlawing the practice.

He also believes people should be allowed to make “advance decisions”, while they have the mental capacity to, on the type of treatment they wish to receive in later life.

“I should be able to make the decision that, if ever I am in care home, then I must not have drugs concealed in my food and drink,” the 82-year-old added.

“If that becomes law, then I can ensure that doesn’t happen to me.”

A spokesman for the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland said: “We agree that, in the next three to five years, there should be a coherent, systematic and thorough process to review the legal framework in Scotland for non-consensual care and treatment, to ensure it remains effective and in line with developing human rights standards.”

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has also offered support, noting concerns around “covert medication, chemical restraint and forcible treatment”.

Mental health minister Maureen Watt stressed that the current system is compatible with human rights laws, but a review is underway into how it can be improved.

She said: “The Scottish Government is committed to creating a modern, inclusive Scotland which protects, respects and realises internationally recognised human rights.”

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

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complaint about Professors Gumley & McLeod: "NES has no authority to investigate this matter"

Email sent this morning to NES Director of Psychology:

"Dear Ms Thomson

This is a complaint about the behaviour and failures of Professor Andy Gumley and Professor Hamish McLeod in respect of their high academic positions on the DClinPsy Programme at the University of Glasgow and their treatment of a Scottish Survivor Mother and her three Sons.  That they have conspired to scapegoat and exclude me from the Programme and over the years have failed to positively influence the treatment of people with psychosis in Scotland, thereby colluding with the abuse of my Son and others in the locked seclusion room of Stratheden Ward 4/IPCU, Fife.

Here are the points to back up my complaint:

  • I first attended a Service User Research Group at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Unit led by Prof Gumley and Ross White on 9 September 2009 (for which I never got expenses), in an endeavour to be meaningfully involved in psychosis research and the training of Clinical Psychologists.  Over 9 years later and many attempts to have my considerable experience of surviving, coming through psychosis and psychiatry, recognised and appreciated, they together made sure that my voice was silenced on the DClinPsy programme at Glasgow by having me banned from any engagements.  Prof Gumley has not spoken to me since July 2017 apart from one brief snippy Email after I informed him of my Psychosis Journal article being published 'Risk of relapse in psychosis: facing the fear, resisting mental illness'.
  • Their close colleague Dr Gordon Mitchell, with whom they co-wrote papers on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, was based at Stratheden Hospital since at least 2003 when I first engaged with him (on a cocktail of neurotoxins).  I contend that Dr Mitchell must have known about the use of the locked seclusion room in Ward 4.  He trained Nurses in ACT and mindfulness techniques and worked with patients in the rehab wards, many of whom had been in Ward 4.  Mitchell also assigned ClinPsy to two of my sons, following which I had to raise complaints about the behaviour of these inexperienced CPs, their failure to treat my youngest son as a person, believing Notes written by third parties which were fiction.  In 2012 Mitchell refused to listen to what my Son wanted, in respect of psychological therapy, determined to give him ACT or his interpretation of it.  We had asked for CBT techniques to deal with negative thoughts after the locked seclusion room abuses.  So I had to listen to my Son for years, hearing what the Nurses did to him, providing clinical psychology, you might say.
  • The failure of Professor Gumley to involve me in Psychosis research since 2009, rather cultivating others to back up his pet projects, I contend has narrowed the corridors of learning in Scotland in respect of coming through Psychosis which I have now experienced 4 times, latterly without psychiatric interference. Prof Gumley has had many opportunities to meaningfully involve me in psychosis research.  He is the lead person for the NES Matrix on Psychosis, is a collaborator on SIGN Guidelines for Schizophrenia and even Perinatal Psychiatry, I believe, despite never having any children of his own, not being a father.  Whereas I am very experienced in helping people with psychosis, my sons and other family members, personally tapering antipsychotics, maximum dose Venlafaxine and Lithium to make a full recovery from "Schizoaffective Disorder".  I am very unhappy that Gumley has excluded me from his research for 9yrs when I could have been a very useful collaborator, for the benefit of others in Scotland.
  • Professor McLeod propagates Anhedonia dogma, claiming that flatness is due to mental illness or schizophrenia when in my considerable experience of psychosis/psychiatry it was the antipsychotics which flattened me, caused low moods.  This was the case for me in 1978 and 1984, after puerperal psychosis and coercive psychiatric drug treatment, and in 2002 when Venlafaxine flattened me further and caused suicidal impulse, bone loss, 6in titanium plate on right fibula.  I had to get off the drug cocktail to survive, to have a life. I believe that McLeod is misleading Scottish ClinPsy trainees and others in MH organisations, carers, service users, by false teaching about flatness.  I heard his mentor Prof Paul Lysaker in 2016, Glasgow, talk at length about his work with schizophrenics, getting nowhere fast with metacognition and other mechanisms, failing to tackle the issue of coercive drugging and stigmatising labels.
  • Prof Gumley has cultivated the Scottish Recovery Network and Support in Mind Scotland.  These organisations have excluded and bullied me since 2008 whenever I expressed an opinion or criticised their poor practices eg SIMS pushing ECT in Tayside which resulted in me getting a bullying letter to my home address from their CEO, for which I got an apology.  SRN Director Simon Bradstreet pinched my idea and draft descriptor for a Peer Support HN unit which I gave him a copy of in late 2007, then proceeded to leave me out of SQA meetings for two years, despite my continual requests to be included.  Gumley has been a close colleague of Bradstreet since then, I suspect, influencing him to do a PhD in self stigma at Lancaster University which is probably being paid for by academia or government.  They now work together on Gumley's pet project EMPOWER which appears to be a big brother App, in collaboration with a Catholic university in Melbourne, to keep an eye on mental patients to see they don't escape from the system, keeping them caged, for fear of "risk of relapse".  Gumley promotes Attachment Theory dogma or the blaming of Mothers for mental illness (I don't know why he is so against mothers). 
  •  Prof Gumley is very close to ACUMEN and favours David Wright recently retired lead at this user/carer voluntary organisation, and has often spoken at their AGMs.  I'm a member at a distance and get their paperwork.  Gumley's CUSP project has ACUMEN's David Wright and SRN/SIMS Elinor Dowson as key players.  They both bullied me off CUSP in December 2014 when Prof Gumley wasn't there.  Another CUSP member, on SIMS and VOX, is a misogynist, used to ogle women in tabloids, making sexist comments at CUSP meetings and getting away with it for years.  Gumley made this guy co-Chair of CUSP, he is also co-Chair at the Edinburgh DClinPsy APEX group.  [I wonder why DClinPsy male academics in Scotland promote misogynists to positions of leadership?]  I contend that Professor Gumley favours some users and carers over others which results in bullying by the favourites over those who aren't favoured.  It's divisive and bad practice, causing disruption.  A misuse and abuse of academic power, hurting most those who are marginalised, as I was.  It's very cruel and I don't know why Gumley would foster this type of behaviour or do nothing to stop it.  That needs to be investigated, in my opinion.  I wouldn't want anyone else to go through what I had to endure.
  • I have major concerns about the links that Prof Gumley (and Prof Schwannauer) have with the BabyLab project at Copenhagen University where toddlers of "mentally ill" mothers, from Glasgow and other places, are being pathologised.  Dr Angus Macbeth is also involved in this travesty of research which is stigmatising young children for no good reason.  Schwannauer is targeting babies in the wombs of mentally ill mothers by influencing research in this area, using his high academic position, another misuse and abuse of power.  I don't know why these well paid Professors would want to label Mothers and children in Scotland.  What's in it for them? 

I'm a Community Education worker, have been since 1980 in Rigside, Lanarkshire, and it was always about empowerment and lifelong learning.  Organising play for children and young people, delivering training courses for Mothers and others in my local community and further afield.  I've set up many projects at the grassroots, helping people in communities to increase their potential, while also increasing mine.  It was mutually beneficial.  I'm a very experienced community development worker, latterly using these skills at Fife College to set up and run a mentoring project for students, 2006-8.  I have a wide range of abilities, professional qualifications and knowhow.  It doesn't and didn't make sense for DClinPsy academics and other MH leads in Scotland to marginalise and exclude me, bearing in mind my considerable experience, in work settings and in surviving psychosis/psychiatry.  At the 4 July 2017 meeting with Professor Gumley in his office, following the CUSP meeting, he tried to make out that I was "less than" by saying the opposite, that I was not more important than others.  That was a clever strategy.  I didn't accept his marginalisation and resisted his attempts to put me down.  I'm not less or more than others.  All I have ever wanted was a level playing field, equality of opportunity, the right to be heard and to be valued for who I am, my experience and know-how, especially in the area of psychosis.  Professor Gumley has not respected me or my abilities, and this disrespect has been compounded by the bad behaviour of his colleague Professor McLeod in recent communications.  Their interventionist attitudes are detrimental to the meaningful involvement of my voice and others in the improving of psychosis services in Scotland. 

I am copying in Chief Executive of NES Caroline Lamb, Colette Ferguson, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions, and Dorothy Wright, Director of Workforce, for their information, in the hope that my complaint may be taken seriously. 

Can you please confirm receipt of my complaint?  Thank you.  I will be putting this Email into a blog post, in the interests of transparency.

Yours sincerely,

Chrys Muirhead (Mrs)"

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Adults with Incapacity Act Reform Consultation: Hunter Watson Feb18

Received by Email from Hunter Watson, Mental Health Human Rights Campaigner, on 7 February 2018:

"Good afternoon,

                      In case it might be of interest to you, I attach a copy of my response to the ongoing consultation regarding the making of amendments to the Adults with Incapacity Act to ensure its compliance with the UNCRPD. Some proposed amendments I welcome, but a few I oppose. In particular I am opposed to the proposal that the scope of a section 47 certificate should be extended to authorise a doctor to have a person detained in hospital for a period of 28 days or more without, apparently, any right of appeal. In my opinion such a provision would comply with neither the ECHR nor the UNCRPD.
     In my opinion also, the opportunity should be taken to do as has already been done in Northern Ireland, i.e. to introduce legislation which is applicable to all persons, certainly all adults, who appear to have lack of legal capacity with respect to some matters.
             Best wishes,
                              Hunter Watson"

Link to page of Papers and Articles by W Hunter Watson, Mental Health Human Rights Campaigner, retired Maths Lecturer, Aberdeen

Sunday, 4 February 2018

requesting Edinburgh University Library access to help with Safe haven crisis House research: refused

Email just sent to Dr David Gillanders, Academic Director, DClinPsy Programme, University of Edinburgh:

"Dear David

Edinburgh University Library 21Mar17
I am writing to ask if you can arrange for me to have online access to University of Edinburgh library resources, journals, papers, books and also so that I can borrow paper copies, as required, to help me with my continuing research into Safe haven crisis Houses?

Since my PhD was withdrawn I cannot now access journal articles or borrow books, to help me learn and to be informed about different models of psychotherapy.  This is a hindrance as I cannot afford to buy books or take out journal subscriptions.  I want to explore a range of psychoanalytic psychotherapies for psychosis, to learn and to understand more for when I visit crisis projects.

Edinburgh University Library 21Mar17
I hope that this may be possible as I can get down into Edinburgh with my bus pass or by train, off peak with my senior railcard for £5.65 return.  My action research will involve visiting safe havens and crisis houses in England, Wales and Ireland, which I will self fund, as cheaply as possible, travel and accommodation, visiting a few projects, including peer/survivor led, when in an area.  Ultimately I hope to visit some European initiatives, if I can afford it.  Otherwise I will be gathering information and evidence by Email and researching online.

As intimated, I'm taking a break from APEX, it wasn't a positive experience for me, remembering the feelings of being silenced for speaking out about my son's abuse in Stratheden IPCU, February 2012.  I can understand that the voices of other service users, survivors and carers are important too.  I have other ways of speaking out and having a voice, fortunately.

Copying in other DClinPsy academics and clinical tutors for their information, Judy Thomson, Director of Psychology, NES, also my MSP and MP.

Regards, Chrys

This Email will go in a blog post."

Friday, 2 February 2018

reshaping the Matrix for Psychosis; researching Safe Houses, psychoanalytic approaches

Another Email sent this morning to Judy Thomson, Director of Psychology, NHS Education for Scotland, on the back of the one sent to Professor Gumley on reshaping the Matrix for Psychosis:

"To add, Judy.

In addition to researching Safe haven crisis Houses I will be exploring psychoanalytic approaches to psychosis which help people come through, transition, altered mind states and acute sensitivities, resisting the biomedical model of mental illness, coercive drugging/medicating, risk of relapse scaremongering and the blaming of Mothers.  It's been my experience that Clinical Psychology in Scotland holds the coats of the systematic abusers by silencing the voices of the abused, practising avoidance, distraction techniques, reinforcing dogma, narrowing the corridors to learning and keeping people tied in to a patriarchal system, infantilised, fearful of independence.

I've found the book 'History Beyond Trauma' by Francoise Davoine and Jean-Max Gaudilliere to be inspiring and educational, having met these psychoanalysts in person at Goldsmiths, London, in February 2011 (Gaudilliere has passed on):

you might describe me as self-taught, still learning about psychoanalytic psychotherapy, having practised it in 2015 when coming through another psychosis myself, avoiding psychiatry.  

I hope to live long and to work on this project for 20yrs or more, by which time you will all be retired with your big pensions, I wish you well on it. 

Scotland needs a paradigm shift in working with mentally distressed people, folk who externalise their distress after life trauma.  I believe this is achievable, it's why I invited Bob Whitaker to speak in Cupar, 19 November 2011:

I look forward to the time when we will have wider corridors of learning and a variety of approaches to working with psychosis, academics and civil servants who are open and respectful to survivor Mothers and Others, who appreciate questioning voices and who do not misuse and abuse their power, because they can.



Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic, public lecture Cupar, Fife, Scotland, 19 November 2011 from Chrys Muirhead on Vimeo.


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