Dina’s Blog

Ban ECT on Children…! by Dina Poursanidou

I nearly had ECT when I was detained under the Mental Health Act 2007 in an acute inpatient ward in Manchester back in 2009…ECT had apparently been considered as ‘a last resort’ treatment for my ‘treatment resistant psychotic depression’… Read more


Freedom and ‘Gracias a la vida’ (Thanks to life)… by Dina Poursanidou

‘You can have your life back…’ said Dr Olienka, the psychiatrist in Park House, North Manchester General Hospital, under whose care I was whilst I was detained under the Mental Health Act 2007 in one of the acute wards…he said that when he announced to me, in a ward round, that my Section was to be lifted and I was to be discharged from hospital the following week… Read more


‘And I can stay out for as long as I want!’ – St Patrick’s Day and the deprivation of liberty by Dina Poursanidou

Yesterday, on 15 March 2014, it occurred to me that 5 years ago, on 15 March 2009, I was detained under the Mental Health Act in an acute psychiatric ward in Park House, the psychiatric facility at North Manchester General Hospital. I recall that I had 6 hours Section 17 Leave on 15 March 2009, so my friend Robin took me to an Irish pub in Levenshulme (where I lived) for the evening. Read more


Liminality and Paradoxes as Lived Contradictions: The Case of Mental Health Service User Involvement in Research by Dina Poursanidou

On Friday last week (7 March) I presented a paper at the annual Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) conference in Liverpool. I did my paper at a workshop on Service User Involvement in Research. My paper was entitled From Willow Ward back to Academia – Using a personal narrative of identity to trouble ‘mental health service user involvement’ in University-based research. Read more


Farewell to Christos… by Dina Poursanidou

I think I met Christos in 1988 back in Greece…We were friends or friendly to start with… I fell in love with him in 1989 and I loved him deeply for a long time…I guess I still do…Deep down an emotionally unavailable man, with a wife and two children… Read more