Chrys Muirhead

Donegal Aran Tweed wool waistcoat in Lavender, Gold, Moss Green & Light Blue shades

socks for granddaughter DK wool

Christmas gifts for daughter-in-law


Bio

Born in Perth, Scotland, I have a background in community education: children's and youth work, developing projects, adult learning, since 1980 and living in an ex-mining village, regeneration area, Lanarkshire. Prior to this I did a variety of family farm work, 1970's, including lambing, milking cows, driving tractors, selling sheep at market. Concurrently I supported family members in and out of the psychiatric system, from 1970 in every decade until the present day, believing in mental health recovery. And survived psychoses and coercive drug treatment, in 1978, 1984 and 2002. More recently I have been a mental health writer, activist and human rights campaigner, continuing to advocate for safe havens and therapeutic support when people are in crisis. Starting research PhD, Clinical Psychology dept Edinburgh University, 2017.

qualifications

- PhD student, Univerity of Edinburgh, Clinical Psychology department, starting September 2017
- Postgraduate Certificate Teaching Qualification Further Education, (care subjects) Stirling University 2008
- Postgraduate Diploma Community Education, Northern College 1998
- BA Administration Management, Fife College Kirkcaldy (best student) 1996

experience

- Blogger, writer, activist, campaigner in mental health matters and human rights
- Survivor of mental illness and the psychiatric system
- Advocacy - with individuals and groups - mental health, learning disabilities, managing volunteers
- Training and Lecturing - in community, college, WRAP, Peer Support
- Project Development and Management - events, fundraising, networking, volunteer recruitment, report writing
- Action Research - community development, mental health, adult learning
- IT and Internet - design, websites, blogging, social networking
- Children's and Youth Work - community, school, church
- Employability - work placements, jobs fairs, workshops, support into work

Biography page on my blog

my presentation at the Scottish Crisis & Acute Care Network Conference in Stirling on 29 October 2013

Setting up and leading Peer Support Fife