24th April…I woke up singing today…it is Liberation Day…4 years ago (in 2009) on 24th April my Section under the Mental Health Act 2007 was lifted and I was discharged from Willow Ward at Park House, North Manchester General Hospital… I was compulsorily detained on Willow Ward at Park House for 3 months (28 January-24 April 2009)… Read more
Dear Readers… At the Centre for Women’s Mental Health, Manchester University (where I am based), we are offering a FREE half day workshop for female mental health service users from the North West of England who wish to improve their knowledge about sexual and reproductive health matters and their interaction with mental health. Read more
‘Major Depressive Disorder’, Stigma And Discrimination: How Far Have We Truly Come, Then? by Dina Poursanidou
Yesterday I came across an article by Antonio Lasalvia and his colleagues, published online in the Lancet in October 2012, that explores the nature and severity of experienced and anticipated discrimination reported by adults with a diagnosis of ‘major depressive disorder’ worldwide.
In 2009 I was compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act in an acute psychiatric ward in North Manchester Hospital. I absconded twice within a week during my first month there – fairly soon after my admission – even though I was supposedly on close 1:1 observation, especially at night. This was because I was acutely suicidal when I was first admitted, and that was the reason for my sectioning. Read more