As a former member of MindFreedom I wish it’s members all the best in their endeavour. To seek justice for those who cannot protect themselves is the highest form of empathy. But this only makes it more urgent to address what is a double insult in an organisation that claims to stand up for abuses and has members who have been traumatised many times over.
I don’t want to see MindFreedom done in. Neither do I have an axe to grind. I just jumped at the chance to join a group who could really apply my hard won, practical knowledge. In many ways I am much like Vachss. Hardbitten. The school of hard knocks. No nonsense. Let’s just really do something. REALLY this time.
But as his latest work reminded me, yes, that really was bullying I was receiving from some MindFreedom members. My complaints were not addressed. Instead my ideas and work were ridiculed, worse, even praised incessantly as a way to avoiding the bullying.
I recently received communications from a couple of MindFreedom members that only prove again what is going on.
“I didn’t say that”
“You’re being over sensitive”
Both key points made by the clinical Psychologist in the Heart Transplant video that I blogged about. Emotional bullying goes like this; Both these MindFreedom members would deny they have done anything wrong and that they said or implied anything such as those two excuses. Of course they would deny it. They are part of a culture of bullying that has obviously built up INSIDE MindFreedom that is full of victims that don’t know how to protect themselves. They are not honest about the pain they are being subjected to and where it is coming from. Our culture socialises us to hide that pain, and where do the worst cases of that scenario end up ? Yes, in the “mental health (hell)” system which is, of course, the example par excellence of the wielding of that power and prestige that trumps common sense, and morality.
I was in a terrible place. I was slowly being emotionally bullied in my own town as I tried to publicise MindFreedom issues. I cried out for help and was, perversely, bullied again by some MindFreedom members. That bullying almost completely destroyed me. I could have lost my life ! I was blamed for that as well by the same bully (he knows who he is) who accused me AGAIN of “being unable to find members” as a way to avoid the terrible pain I was in from bullying attacks in my own society AND from MindFreedom. I was being attacked and bullied by my society for daring to identify and stand up for the victims of yet another form of bullying; the institutional “mental health” (mental hell) bullies. They are difficult to get at because they hide behind government systems and medical authority. But bullies in a campaign organisation run by members CAN be weeded out and made into OUTSIDERS.
Do it MindFreedom ! Do it for yourselves. Do it for me. Do it for all the people you are supposed to be campaigning for. Otherwise NONE of this makes ANY sense.
Addenum: The link to Scientology ? A member of Scientology drew me in, via the MindFreedom list, into a discussion via email. He was trying to recruit me as it turned out. Only an organisation that fails to address issues such as bullying can have anything to do with Scientology. A confirmed money making cult and abuser of it’s own members.
Addenum 2: As you can see on the comments page, I am now receiving comments that just prove my case. One of them attacks me with the most hurtful information possible; that I am somehow supporting pro drug activists by publishing this information (I almost lost my life due to forced drugging). But although I’m really sick of dealing with this now I’m no longer hurt by the accusations. I changed the equation from one of being the victim. Victim <–> Bully to being able to identify the source of pain (to be able to say THIS HURTS !) and valuing myself enough to do something about it. MindFreedom and the wider mental health campaign movement has this victim mentality prevalently worn on it’s sleeve. The culture is endemic with endless horror stories repeated as medals of honour within the culture. But there is little or no understanding of the MEANING of those stories. That’s why I found myself being bullied by people in my own community while I was an MF member. When I identified the source of pain and valued myself – the bullying stopped and now I can see clearly again and am able to actually DO something about the abuses I have seen rather than being paralysed.