Author - 'Four Jammy Biscuits Saved My Life Today' (how to NOT kill yourself)
Fiction / non-fiction. Humanist, not quite pragmatist. Material is experiential & examines extreme issues - sexual, psychological, physical abuse; incest; severe depression; low self-esteem; self-deprecation; self-abuse; madness; OCD; breakdown; dissociative disorder; paranoia; sexual compulsion; self-condemnation; isolation; religious judgment; loss; homelessness; catatonia; poverty; estrangement; suicidal compulsion; anger; hate; violence; hopelessness; bi-polar & PTSD; highlighting unseen & unspoken realities, for which we hardly give ourselves credit. Challenges paradoxical precepts transferred in historical assumptions of 'positive' and 'negative', 'strength' and 'weakness.'
Extensive childhood sexual, psychological and physical abuse. Successful independent life as adult then breakdown, isolation, madness, catatonia, suicidal compulsions and many other symptoms. Someone who 'slipped the net' of available support. Recovery - for over a decade, manages Bi-polar and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder without medication.
27 yrs voluntary care - all ages, gender, backgrounds. Independent speaker, advocate, campaigner, worked alongside statutory / voluntary mental-health support organisations, front-line services to boardroom; blows the whistle on counter-productive / abusive practices & attitudes in health care & wider community. Campaigns for more common, accurate language around mental health - validity of everyday people's experiences, expressions and views.
Most recovery occurs away from health service. Considers philosophically, the spectrum of everyday non-medical influences available to all, but not accommodated as part of formal recovery process. Severe psychological reactions and bizarre symptoms can be a sign of healthy mentality, rather than mental 'imbalance.' Hostility & fear hinders options to accepting aspects of self & others, particularly when most distressed. This is self-harm. The more 'responsible' mental health system robs us of these options.
Part of a global disease - increasing 'mental illness' around the globe & already undermining the determination and capabilities of an entire nation to an established ratio of 1 in 4 before the recent world financial crisis - 'Social, Political & Institutional Denial.'