Safe Houses for Psychosis

New page started 3 January 2018.

This year I plan to continue researching Safe haven crisis Houses in the UK and Ireland, to gather information and stories, so as to help influence the development of Safe Houses for Psychosis in Scotland.  

Information added 6 April 2018 

Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia:   

"Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality …and what can help.

An overview of the current state of knowledge in the field, concluding that psychosis can be understood and treated in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.  Edited by Anne Cooke" 

Introducing the Power Threat Meaning Framework: 1 February 2018  

"The approach of the Framework is summarised in four questions that can apply to individuals, families or social groups:

  • What has happened to you? (How is power operating in your life?)
  • How did it affect you? (What kind of threats does this pose?)
  • What sense did you make of it?(What is the meaning of these situations and experiences to you?)
  • What did you have to do to survive? (What kinds of threat response are you using?)
    Two further questions help us think about what skills and resources people might have and how they might pull all these ideas and responses together into a personal narrative or story:

    • What are your strengths? (What access to Power resources do you have?)
    • What is your story? (How does all this fit together?)"

    Dr Lucy Johnstone, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Professor Mary Boyle (Is clinical psychology fearful of social context?) are the lead authors of the Power Threat Meaning Framework.

    Update 6 April 2018

    Had to attend GP today with pain in neck, it's viral linked to throat, taking Ibuprofen, hoping it gets better before trip to Ireland 11 days time.  Don't feel very well, probably got a chill on Tuesday last after meeting to discuss a complaint about a Psychiatrist in Stratheden Hospital. It was pouring with rain, very cold, as I walked a mile or so down into Cupar town, and I got soaked. 

    I've asked for an apology regarding the negative experiencs I had with old age psychiatrist on 15 February in Weston Day Hospital, Cupar, meeting with him to discuss my Advance Statement.  There was some confusion as to whether it had been signed by Dr Reid back in 2013.  The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland said they had an unsigned copy from 2013 until 2016 when they stopped having to hold copies under the Mental Health Act, rather Health Boards have to let the MWC know about Advance Statements which they have on file.  

    Link to 5th Conference of the European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ESRII) in Trinity College, Dublin, 19-20 April 2018.  


    5 March 2018 comment:

    I'm planning a visit to Ireland in April, attending 5th Conference of the European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ESRII) at Trinity College Dublin, then on to Belfast, also hoping to visit crisis projects when there; then in May I'm registered on the Mental Health Today Wales 2018 Conference taking place in the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff. 3 main topic streams:

    Crisis Care and Support
    Equality and Diversity
    Mental Health Conditions


    Link to website page What are crisis houses?

    left to right: Brenda, Fiona, Sandra, 24May2011

    In May 2011 I visited Dial House, Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service (LSLCS) while running, voluntarily, Peer Support Fife, accompanied by committee member Ross.  We also met up with Carers Jen Kilyon & Theresa Smith from Soteria Network, Bradford. 

    Later that year I organised a conference At the Sharp Edge, Dunfermline, Fife, about peer-led crisis alternatives, funded by SAMH, at which Fiona Venner, LSLCS Manager, gave a presentation:


    from left to right: Shirley, me, Hannah, 19July2016
    I visited the Drayton Park Women's Crisis House, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust, in July 2016 and heard about the Service from Manager Shirley McNicholas who was instrumental in setting it up in 1995.

    ‘I’d Rather Die Than Go Back to Hospital’: Why We Need a Non-medical Crisis House in Every Town @AnneCooke14

    "Drayton Park women’s crisis house in North London offers an alternative to hospital admission for women experiencing mental health crises. It was Shirley McNicholas’ vision that brought it into existence and she has been leading the service since it opened.  As it approaches its twentieth anniversary in December, she talks to Anne Cooke."


    17 March 2017: on providing a safe house for my son

    Since the psychiatric abuse of February 2012 I've been providing a safe house for my son, in our home, as his full-time Carer/caregiver.  No support from social services or community nursing teams despite having completed a Carer Assessment form in 2012.  And no Carers' Allowance since 2015 when I received my basic State Pension.  We live in a council house in a Fife village and can't afford to run a car now, after 40 years of doing so.  Which means getting the local bus which runs by Stratheden psychiatric Hospital where my son was abused. ..."

    Sunday 5 October 2014 Express Front page: HOSPITAL HORRORS: Patient locked in cell with no toilet, food or water 

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