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Reflections on ‘freedom to live a valued life’ - Dr Lynne Friedli

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Dr Lynne Friedli's presenation at North Lanarkshire Council's event Self Directed Support: The Bigger Picture on 8th November 2011.

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Reflections on ‘freedom to live a valued life’ - Dr Lynne Friedli

  1. 1. Reflections on ‘freedom to live a valued life’ Dr Lynne Friedli North Lanarkshire Council The bigger picture: self directed support in North Lanarkshire 8th November 2011
  2. 2. This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, Some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all. Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, Who violently sweep your house Empty of its furniture. Still treat each guest honourably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, Meet them at the door laughing, And invite them in. (Jelaluddin Rumi, 1207-73)Self directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
  3. 3. ‘Of the community, not just in it...’ ‘Those most at risk are those without committed, unpaid relationships in their life . However good the service provider, people who have no one in their life who is not paid to be with them are vulnerable not only to abuse, but to gentle neglect and complacency.’ Source: Julia Fitzpatrick 2010 Personalised SupportSelf directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
  4. 4. Source: Ingram Pinn, Financial TimesSelf directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
  5. 5. ‘The bigger challenge is totransform the way disabledpeople are viewed, valuedand included in society.’ Self directed support: the bigger picture
  6. 6. Return to the social.... And what I shall endure, you shall endure For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you...... Walt Whitman Equity and Freedom Solidarity Social to live a and the core Justice valued life economy I am, because we are...Self directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
  7. 7. "Christ yam,Whit are us auld men tae dae if ye ever leave us - were a divided frae yin anither. Kin ye no start up a Union afore ye go? Fur divided we fall." Archie Meek (91) to Tommie Ritchie Petition for the Redress of Grievances put forward by the patients in Hartwood Hospital, Lanarkshire 18 August 1971 Source: The Survivors’ History Group Pageant of Survivor History http://studymore.org.uk/mpu.htmSelf directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
  8. 8. ‘It gets so lonelyaround here that Iphone myselfseven or eighttimes a day, just tosee how I am’Phantom TolboothDeclaration of Intent of the Mental Patients Union•We proclaim the dignity of societys so-called mental patients.•We challenge repressive psychiatric practice and its ill-defined concepts of mental illness•We state that the present appalling situation in mental health primarily arises fromthe acute problems in housing, unemployment and social inequality•Mental patients in our society are treated as people with no human rights Self directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
  9. 9. Something to hold on to …. I did not hear the bird sounds They had left. I did not see the speechless clouds. I saw only the little white dish of my faith, breaking in the crater. I kept saying: I’ve got to have something to hold on to. Anne SextonSelf directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
  10. 10. All societies cater for the disabilities of the average person Martha NussbaumSelf directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
  11. 11. So many roads, so much at stakeSo many dead ends, I’m at theedge of the lakeSometimes I wonder what it’sgonna takeTo find dignity Bob DylanSelf directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
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  13. 13. Well-being depends on certain freedoms being upheld, as well as on economic assets Amartya Sen Source: Jumpers for goal posts GRID Architects: forgotten spacesSelf directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
  14. 14. Source: What if projects http://www.what- lynne.friedli@btopenworld.comif.info/20_vacant_lots.html
  15. 15. Self directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
  16. 16. Source: What if projects: Sit in http://www.what-if.info/SIT_IN.htmlSelf directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com
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  18. 18. Keep on making waves - without which no tide can turn…… That’s it folks!Self directed support: the bigger picture lynne.friedli@btopenworld.com

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