We are also - importantly, debating what to do with the ‘disabled’ label for we recognise that:
- we believe we are not 'disabled' people but we are people who are disabled by attitudes, barriers and practices by society in general - like the bus that bars wheelchair users from entry; like the employer who says we are, because of a loss of hearing, not competent to work; like the psychiatrist who labels us as ‘schizophrenic’ and stigmatises us; like the mental health professionals who say we are ‘wasters’ (yes, I’ve heard them).
- there are, nonetheless, quite a lot of people, especially in the mental health field, who are affronted by the ‘disabled’ label and view it as abhorent.
Just as importantly, we are also preparing for peer support and advocacy in the fight against this psychopathic government (another psychiatric label but consult DSM and you will see it’s accurate in this context) and their creation of hardship for people who need extra financial support if they are to reach and enjoy ordinary standards of living.
I’m sure too that each User Led Organisation throughout the UK and the rest of the world making similar positive contributions to equality and human rights will eventually tell by weight of opinion and demand. Mental Health Awareness Week sees us all working towards a concerted voice for ability and wellness.