I’m international award winning documentary filmmaker, emerging from behind the camera to tell my own story.
Having had six psychiatric admissions, including one sectioning, I have first hand experience of the mental health system and the traumatic and stigmatising power of diagnosis.
I helped found the Spiritual Crisis Network in the UK and volunteered on its email support line for people in crisis. Adopting a spiritual perspective helped to reframe my experiences and valid me.
The psychiatric profession relies heavily on medication to control people who are behaving ‘abnormally’. It is a coercive process in which antipsychotic drugs are over-prescribed and spiritual experiences pathologised as a symptom.
I was commissioned by Dr. Russell Razzaque to film Open Dialogue training that is being introduced into the NHS. It is a radical new system of treatment that developed in Finland.
I am now part of an international movement for change in the mental health services, which is increasingly endorsed by mainstream therapists and healthcare professionals around the world.
I have written my memoir, My Beautiful Psychosis, to change the perception of psychosis as a debilitating illness. I hope that sharing my story will inspire others, improve attitudes and ultimately contribute to a better system of care.