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  1. I am a co-ordinator with a user-led group called the Mental Health Action Group (MHAG), based in Derbyshire. We try to raise awareness, fight stigma and campaign for better services for those in mental distress. Perhaps it is time at last to end the breathtaking level of ignorance in our administrators and political leaders on mental health. “Involvement” is no longer enough when it comes to designing and delivering mental health services. We need “Co-production”. The expertise, experience and knowldge is out there. People with mental health problems are not idiots. Use us. Then we may stand a slight chance of getting it right at last.

  2. Anyone who has lived with symptoms of schizophrenia for a considerable length of time will recognize the perspectives given here: the diagnosable symptoms of sz may be incurably lodged within us and May be a part of our make up, but that does not in itself present a grim or hopeless predicament. This is because our disabilities are also our Attributes. Maybe unwittingly, the psychiatrist’s diagnosis undermines these attributes and sets them in a grim light. But really it is a matter of impact, intensity and degree, whether we languish in despair or set about engaging the symptoms as evidence of rare qualities which mark us out as having gifts to be expressed and applied creatively.

    What I am saying is: with the right help, a low maintenance dosage of appropriate medication to reduce the intensity of symptom’s extremes -one which does not pile on a burden of disability which excessive medicating is apt to do- and some vocational and training guidance, we can be the creative artists that nature intended us to be, using our gifts to master the medium which is best suited to our attributes.

    My ‘pathway to progress’ has been photography. I find that a modicum of seeing things which ‘are not there’ enables me to apply a creative imagination, to use my mind’s eye to envisage the optimal conditions to develop an awareness of the imaging possibilities of any scene I encounter and with my best endeavour, maybe reproduce that on camera.

    Well that is photography and visual hallucinations. What then of reconstructing the Dramatist and Playwright, the writer and novelist from auditory hallucinations? Musicians, composers, singers and lyric writers are also only a step away from the same level of creative attribute and giftedness.

    The lesson from this is never to underestimate the extent to which we all have gifts to express and with the right opportunities, can re-emerge as part of our restitution after the excesses of ill-health have run their course. Facilitators who work in mental health, please take special note!

  3. Interesting discussions on revising and moderating approaches to psychosis follow here. Open Dialogue has a lot to be said for it, I just do not know how to start! So here is as good a place as any…

  4. New apporaches inclusive of the welfare and progress of Patients ourselves are emerging as Open dialogue raises its profile in this region. Here’s the Inceptor in conversation…