Compassion (noun): a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Towards the end of last week in deepest west Wales, something remarkable happened. It was a gathering of people who share a passion for compassion and a hunger to see […]
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About Brigid Bowen
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Entries by Brigid Bowen
Not long out of hospital again, where I received little care. Feeling powerless and hopeless and so full of despair. My ‘life’ has been traumatic, distressing, I long to be free. Yet, I don’t deserve kindness from others, let alone me!
Over the last 40 years as a dissident therapist and activist, I’ve known many people who were so negatively impacted by their subjective experience of receiving and indefinitely enduring a psychiatric diagnosis that I’ve come to see such dehumanising labeling as the infliction of what amounts to a medical curse.
We live in troubled times. Prejudice, oppression, poverty, climate change, and nuclear war affect everyone simultaneously thanks to the internet and TV. We see more and yet are more fragmented and powerless. These factors are creating trauma for everyone. Most people are now in a state of dissociation in which their feelings and emotions are […]
I learned that there’s a great divide And some cross to the other side. I was seven and a quarter When they parted mum from daughter, Separating the ‘sane’ from ‘mad’ Oblivious to love she had. They came with their blue flashing light And drugged her forcibly that night. I learned that lesson.
A long-awaited compassionate take on ‘mental health’ is gaining momentum – join us on 4th-5th October to find out more! On November 18th 2016 “some 100 people concerned to change the face of mental health care in this country gathered for an inspiring one-day conference run by Compassionate Mental Health … Part of the growing […]
A few years ago I organised a public meeting about suicide. To spread the word, I put up posters around my town with the question, ‘How do we live with suicidal ideas?’ printed across them. The manager of a local launderette started taking the posters down. He said he was banning me from advertising on […]
Some 100 people concerned to change the face of mental health care in this country gathered for an inspiring one-day conference run by Compassionate Mental Health, that gave people the chance to hear leading voices in this urgent debate that has, finally, forced itself on to the agenda and to share their own experiences and […]
I used to live in a state of constant overwhelm and anxiety. Only I didn’t know it at the time, because it was all I knew. I suspected something was wrong; the suicidal yearnings and impulses to self-harm were good tell tell signs, but I didn’t understand them as such. I thought I was being […]
I’ve always relied on the compassion of others. However recently, in particular throughout this year, I’ve noticed the compassion of others waning. Perhaps it’s just me, but I sense a rapidly increasing lack of compassion within society.