In 2008 aged 55 after setting up Peer Support Fife and Chrys Muirhead
|Peer Support Fife|
|Chrys Muirhead Associates|
At the same time I've witnessed elderly female neighbours in the village where I live not being supported by Fife Social Work Services when they have become housebound or developed mental health issues after bereavement and left living alone, isolated. Women and mothers who were physically active when I first knew them, worked all their lives, paid taxes, then left alone, at risk, family not so near at hand. Now in Homes.
I find this very sad, the lack of support for our elders, Mothers, Grandmothers. Then recently I was disrespected by an old age Psychiatrist and had to raise a complaint, not just on my behalf but for the sake of others. Wouldn't want any other elder in Cupar to go through similar. It was most unpleasant.
Fortunately I've got over the feelings of betrayal, hurt, anger at how I was treated by DClinPsy Professors. Expectations raised then dashed, being set up to fail. I think they didn't have faith. In Safe Houses for Psychosis becoming a reality. In psychosis as a journey, transition, escape, becoming stronger because of the experience. In people having the resources to come through. In themselves as therapists and worthwhile companions, seeing it through to the end. Or maybe they just didn't care. Enough. We're not family.
As a Mother and Grandmother I care.
|Angus & Edwin|
|Daniel & Edwin|
|me & 3 sons at sister's wedding 1999|