Chrys Muirhead

some examples of my handknitting:

Aran gilet waistcoat completed 29 January 2019

McMonkey completed 22 July 2018

King Cole Drifter Missouri shade completed 14 January 2019


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 in Douglas, Lanarkshire, 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, having moved to Cupar, Fife area in 1990.

More recently I have been a mental health writer, activist and human rights campaigner, whistleblowing about locked seclusion room abuses in Stratheden Hospital, NHS Fife, winning an Ombudsman complaint in September 2014 and a written apology from Fife Health Board. I have many interests and these include writing, storytelling, swimming, walking, cycling, knitting, sewing, gardening, homemaking. I believe that psychosis is a natural reaction to a confusing world and would benefit from a shift in ways of working through the experience.

qualifications

- 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
- HNC Office Administration, Elmwood College, Cupar, Fife (best student) 1995
- Highers in English & Maths, both A; Lanark Grammar School 1989 (returning adult)
- Highers in English, Maths, French, Botany/Chemistry, Geography; Sixth year studies in Algebra, Computer Programming, Calculus; Perth Academy 1970

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 main blog Chrys Muirhead Writes

A screenshot of some of my YouTube videos:
My YouTube Channel

Chrys Muirhead wordpress blog
mental health matters and reblogging posts of interest

Other blogs from 2008 onwards:

Stratheden Hospital blog
a critical blog about Stratheden Hospital, by Cupar, Fife, from the carer viewpoint

Chrys Muirhead blog up to January 2013
started in March 2012 as I got more and more into mental health activism and campaigning

Chrys Muirhead on Mad In America Jan-Sep 2012
Robert Whitaker invited me to be a "foreign correspondent" on his new website Mad in America and my first post was published on 29 January 2012

Muirton Fairfield Blog 2008
One of the first blogs I wrote when in an action research project post with Perth & Kinross Council, March to July 2008. Tasked with identifying the community learning needs in two regeneration areas of Perth and barriers to learning.

Circles Network and advocacy in Fife blog
blogging about my engagement, from May 2009 until now, with the Warwickshire-based organisation Circles Network that manages the Fife advocacy project

Setting up and leading Peer Support Fife