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This is an article I have written, based on my personal experience, about how the way the mental health system is set up as an institution can put service users in a difficult position in one way or another. It is called 'Some Catches of the Mental Health System'. I am talking about things which I suspect most long term service users would recognise but which other people might not realise from the outside are an issue. recoverynet.ca/2021/07/05/some

@bob if you look at coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ , we in the UK are in a third wave of infections which is approaching the peak level of the second wave with no sign of slowing down. *But* the number of actual deaths has barely risen. Maybe because most of the cases are younger people who have not been vaccinated? In any case not a time to be throwing away your masks and celebrating 'freedom'.

In this version I say a bit more about where I am coming from in writing this piece, and also describe another 'catch' service users can get caught in - not being believed by others.

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Thanks to Kevin Healey at recoverynet.ca for publishing this longer version of the article. A shorter version was originally published in the UK based print magazine, Asylum Magazine. asylummagazine.org/

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This is an article I have written, based on my personal experience, about how the way the mental health system is set up as an institution can put service users in a difficult position in one way or another. It is called 'Some Catches of the Mental Health System'. I am talking about things which I suspect most long term service users would recognise but which other people might not realise from the outside are an issue. recoverynet.ca/2021/07/05/some

@dajbelshaw you could make BIRO HIPPY as well but I am not sure what that would mean.

@fitheach @aral how is Brazil a union of Brave New World and A Handmaid's Tale?

@kensanata you shouldn't punch them in the face you should punch the politicians who thought they didn't need to tell them, or the corporate managers who were profiting from their ignorance, but not them really. Maybe just slap them playfully to make a point.

@fribbledom I think tag clouds were cool. I had an idea once for a kind of tag explorer where you would start with a standard tag cloud, and then you could pin one tag to be always selected. The tag cloud would then reconfigure itself to show only those tags which had a high co-occurence with the tag you had pinned. Then you could pin more to narrow down the search.

@silverspookgames I guess NeoFeud is your way of telling your story in a way where people *will* listen?

@silverspookgames something I find is that there always seems to be someone who thinks they are the expert on how I should be looking at my situation, but not many really have the time to listen to me when I talk from my own point of view. I don't know if this is something you experience?

@silverspookgames thanks for this. It's interesting to read your story. Good for you for making a creative response to what sounds like a really difficult situation. Something I have struggled with in my life are what are thought of as severe mental health problems, diagnosed currently as schizophrenia. I think something there is in common is the sense of not being treated as a full person and also not being believed when you try to talk about your experiences in your own terms.

@pixelpaperyarn maybe the cabletopas just needs people to talk to who understand where it's coming from?

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Researcher turns down free Google money because of that whole firing-ethics-people-for-doing-their-damn-jobs thing: cnn.com/2021/03/24/tech/google

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