Hopefully it has improved. I don't know, haven't been back, got banned from Glasgow Mental Health & Wellbeing Unit after 4 July CUSP/user, carer group meeting, and retreated from the Edinburgh APEX equivalent ClinPsy affair. They had rescinded my "unconditional" PhD offer in May 2017 after about 9mths of raised expectations that were dashed. Being told that "life isn't fair" and undermining comments regarding my ability to write academic essays. (I've got 2 postgrad qualifications, latterly in 2008 from Stirling University, a TQFE in Care subjects)
It was in around 2015 at an Early Intervention Psychosis workshop that a senior ClinPsy lecturer from Edinburgh Uni admitted that "service users" were invited to the event as they may be useful for research purposes. She had forgetten that I used to be one of those "service users", I think. Psychiatric survivors are a different kettle of fish, especially if escaping lifelong mental illness.
My memory of these years of trying to be "meaningfully involved" was of male academics struggling, a sense of clenched fists and gritted teeth from some, red faces on others, blank looks on one or two, those who had learned to be "mindful" and put on the ACT of listening so as to attain a Professorship. One of them avoided the user/carer group so I had to claim them as PhD supervisor, to see what they were made of. A classic act of manipulation which got my goat at the hinter end when they kept catching my other supervisor, who had just recovered from a head injury, on the stairs, to tell them what to say to me at our next meeting. I was not a happy bunny ....
|4 May 2017, after last PhD supervision meeting|
|9 September 2017 DClinPsy Glasgow protest|
looking back, I did this protest on a bike because of the Professor being a cyclist! didn't plan it that way but that was most likely why; very funny when I think about it; I tend to be unpredictable, my daughter-in-law was correct ... https://t.co/QAPwsQYfXx— Chrys Muirhead (@ChrysMuirhead) July 20, 2019