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I am wondering by now how many of you will know me as the 'cretin' or 'riffraff' who's smeared David Cameron's good name and insulted him personally. I'm also wondering how many of you will know me as a highly effective peer worker and mental health service user of 20 years. Mine is a diagnosis of long standing and complex schizophrenia. And for those of you who don't understand or choose not to understand, I do so humbly suggest that you look into schizophrenia but also look into recovery in mental health. Where a diagnosis like mine was once a death sentence, the mental health system is slowly starting to crawl out of the dark ages as Care Minister, Norman Lamb, so nobly puts it in his charge to eliminate prejudice and bigotry towards a small group of we who are indeed the hardest hit in terms of David Cameron's 'austerity measures' and Iain Duncan Smith's 'welfare reforms'.
As to my own actions of two years ago, I have written my apologies. If Mr. Cameron would like to publish them, that is up to him, otherwise I leave them to his personal criticism or deliberation. I cannot however forget how many of we on DLA have in fact died as a result of the welfare reforms. One only needs to view the Black Triangle Campaign to see where the real problems lie. Physical disabilities are among those better accounted for, as rightly they should be accounted for. Mental health, however, goes woefully under-represented and is soon to be not represented.
Upon the reshuffling of the DWP Cabinet Minister roles, after Mark Hoban leaving the DWP, Esther McVey's role as to "mental health" was the only one not reasonably accounted for. As for what happened to Mark Hoban, I'd be interested to find out. He was defending the DWP at a debate in the House of Commons after which a pernicious Labour MP implored Mr. Hoban to hear from the Spartacus Group surrounding the Atos WCA scandal and he then mysteriously vanished from the face of the DWP website. I like to think he had a change of heart.
As for our NHS, all I can say is that none of us are well accounted for by statutory mental health services currently, perhaps because we are simply the easiest to ignore. Many of us who present frequently to primary services simply are those among the lost, the unwanted children of our day and age the world over. There's very little to link to this paragraph, simply because we are normally the silent and at times the silenced. You may all Google this one yourselves and see what you can come up with. And perhaps you all might want to drop Lord Freud a line and ask him why he moved out of the DWP Cabinet Ministers before the "reforms" happened in and why he got his knighthood in the first place!
Know that we are the first to go. The first NHS services to be cut are always mental health. Psychiatric nurses are shunned by other nurses and the Mental Health Act 1983, particularly after its radical amendment in 2007, account for naught but legalities which are either unfounded or unnecessary. Compassion is finally on the menu with the NHS and the right things are starting to happen... but where necessity is the mother of all invention it's taken a full scale humanitarian crisis to reach a new evolution for mental health services in our country.
And as for my final message to Prime Minister David Cameron; I truly am sorry about your son of no more than 5 years. Any death is tragic when it is untimely... but how many more do there need to be for you to do more than you are doing? Perhaps let Nick Clegg loose on this one. He needs his say, as well, when we're hearing very little out of him. There will be more deaths to follow. I have been almost one of those statistics myself on a number of occasions... and those times were not always by choice -- in fact, rarely.
If you do not believe that the phenomenon of psychosis and major mental illnesses is based solely on intensified states of fear then I challenge any of you to gain access to any given acute psychiatric inpatient ward and see for yourself. We may come in unruly but we leave civilly. It has been my observation that you see patients at their best and at the worst on an acute hospitalisation... and much of the time in the same breath. I know, I've been hospitalised 8 times in my life, but never on a Section 3, but I shall leave these considerations to you, the reader.
(Whomsoever changed my avatar on a forum I barely remember accessing at a time of profound psychosis... thanks a lot for picking about the worst picture of me going. And also, cheers for extra stress, Mr. Smith, it's certainly done a good job of creating even more barriers to work, for me, than ever before.)