Friday, December 21, 2007

In The Interests Of Mental Health Users And Sheer PC Insensitivity We Give You A Film With the Report

At UserWatch our aim is to be satirical, often totally effing cheeky , provocative and sometimes very thoughtful, kind of on the edge of a blade which we hold with barbed wire gloves and our own sticky existential bloods .....

Its being Users that does it ofcourse ... It differentiates us from distractive Mental Health Charity (MIND & RETHINK et al ) and Govt pushed anti stigma bullshit because we know the deeper unempathic truth is the NHS State Services are generally crap for most and mainly choiceless .. We applaud the Service Users in Salford Manchester taking the piss out of the labels given to them by everyone else and laughing in the swamps and no man's lands of the "modernised" anti-patient-choice NHS Services ...Have a look at the article below .. Pillvis Depressely was the singer in the Pod-film-cast incidentally

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Get Me :
Mental Health Charity Sparks Outrage
With Spoof Christmas Carols"

Story attributed to the Brilliant

Carols are traditional fare at this time of year but some re-worked songs were considered insensitive It was meant to be a lighthearted seasonal reflection on a serious subject. But not everyone got the joke. The top ten of festive songs poking fun at psychiatric problems was published in a magazine for patients using mental health facilities. The list - entitled Christmas Carols for the Mentally Disturbed - describes psychiatric conditions and suggests songs to suit the illness.

For multiple personality disorder there is : We Three Kings Disorientated Are; paranoia is coupled with : "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town To Get Me; narcissism - Hark The Herald Angels Sing About Me.

The magazine, called Marooned, is produced by the Cromwell House mental health facility in Eccles, Salford. Issued four times a year, it is put together by an editorial board made up of patients, with staff on hand should they need advice. The winter edition was distributed in Salford's psychiatric clinics and drop-in centres but after a formal complaint from the daughter of a mental health patient, the magazine has been withdrawn. Zinette Camille, who has a family member who suffered with mental illness for 19 years, picked up Marooned at the Meadowbrook psychiatric unit in the grounds of Hope Hospital.

Miss Camille, from Manchester, said: "I could not believe what I was reading. I was astonished that it could be so insensitive.

"I was angry that they could belittle people in that manner ."

"I phoned up the council to express my concerns and someone at the magazine asked if I would like to write in and say why I found it offensive. "

"They said the magazine had been running for 15 years and there had not been any problems."

"I said their response was not really good enough and asked whether it was not vetted by someone in authority."

"It is very degrading. The offending page says : 'Christmas Carols for the Mentally Disturbed'.

"People with mental health issues have a disability - they are not disturbed."

A spokesman for the magazine's editorial board said: "No offence was intended by the feature and we apologise sincerely for any distress caused. "The magazine will now be recalled and the article removed. We have spoken to Miss Camille and have invited her down to meet the editorial board. "We have also said that we would be happy to include her response to the feature in the next edition of the magazine." Cromwell House is staffed by Salford Council care workers and others employed by the Bolton, Salford and Trafford Mental Health NHS Trust.

A spokesman for Salford City Council said future editions of the magazine would be subjected to closer vetting. Richard Colwill, spokesman for mental health charity Sane, said: "While no one wants to cause offence, it would be a shame if people cannot poke a bit of fun at themselves, particularly at this time of year. "Laughter can be the best medicine but of course we are sorry to hear some people have been upset by the booklet."

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