Activism is core to both my personal and professional identity. Psychology and Psychotherapy are very powerful ideas at this point in history, being used both for good and, often inadvertantly, for harm. If i can use my social power, clinical experience and research skills to assist grassroots organisations, or survivor groups, I will.
Half my working week is spent on pro bono work which includes running a clinic for those on long-term disability benefits as part of a wider endeavour to make long-term psychotherapy available for all.
I am involved in an emerging collective of psychiatric survivors, radical professionals and activists who are fighting for something better. I am also Foreign Correspondent for Robert Whitaker's Mad in America.
My main areas of activism are listed below. You can find out more about campaigns and protests I am involved in by following me on twitter.
However, please, please do not contact me if you need help with making a banner. I am notoriously awful.
People with disabilities and mental health problems are being persecuted by the Department of Work and Pensions. An often unrealistic aim of 'recovery' and return to work is driving many to suicide. Claimants are subject to 'psychocompulsion', made to feel worthless, increasing despair. Read more here.
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