Professor Colm McDonald of NUIG took part in The Debating Society's motion to "Remove the Medical Model from Mental Health" (click here for the full debate). He spoke in opposition to the motion, and I feel he gave the most comprehensive answer of all the speakers, and one that spoke most to the motion.
As part of his contribution he said that the medical model consisted of four elements
In the recordings below, we first hear Prof McDonald's point, followed by my challenge to his points.
Mindfreedom Ireland held it's 10th anniversary conference in the Rochestown Hotel, Co. Cork, last Saturday, 28th of September 2013.. (See here for details)
One of the founders, Mary Maddock, invited me to talk at the conference. I was happy to do so, After doing so, I feel motivated again to continue to speak out against the harms of psychiatry. Mindfreedom Ireland has inspired me to not give up, and helped me realised that it is important to share my experiences, knowledge and views.
I guess I often forget that most people have not seen the inside of a locked ward, nor experienced the inner turmoil of madness.
It was the first talk I've given in relation to my own experiences, and I felt it went very well. The title of my talk was "Redefining Recovery Robs Us Of Our Success". In the coming days I hope to make the slideshow & notes available (just in case it is of interest). Mindfreedom filmed the day, so hopefully that will be made available too in the coming days.
I found the other speakers great. I'd like to watch them all again, as they had good links and angles on the subject.
Anyhow, this post is mainly to give a special thanks to Mary & Jim, and to the other board members of Mindfreedom Ireland. It was a very well run event, and I appreciated the chance to tell my story.
The trailer is well worth a watch, I haven't seen the film yet though