Dina’s Blog

How far have we really come from the nightmare of ‘One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’? By Dina Poursanidou

Musings on prone (face-down) restraint in inpatient mental health care in England: The image depicts a scene from ‘One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’. In this image*, McMurphy is being subjected to prone (face-down) physical restraint. Throughout the film, face-down physical restraint is normally used on McMurphy to control and punish him after he has broken a rule of the regime. Read more

From terror to dancing again by Dina Poursanidou



Ten years ago in June 2008 my latest mental health crisis started…it lasted 2 years (2008-2010) …in 2011 and whilst attending an arts mental health project for people with ‘severe and enduring’ mental health problems (the project was START in Manchester) I did some creative writing in an attempt to represent (with words and pictures) what my latest mental health crisis felt like…I created a spidergram to represent my crisis …it is a disturbing and painful read…10 years later I am able to dream and laugh and dance again …and I want to be alive…feeling tearful whilst writing this…it feels important to share this here….

22 June 2018


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Musings on a World Mental Health Day (10 October 2017)… by Dina Poursanidou

It has been announced that from autumn 2018 the Department of Health (DH) and Public Health England (PHE) are launching a campaign to train one million people in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) skills. An online course will support this programme; the course is being developed by Public Health England, aiming to give people the knowledge, skills and confidence to better support their own mental health, and that of the people around them. Read more