I am a writer and sociologist. I was originally from Somerset but have spent most of my life in Wales. My first encounter with a mental health professional was in 1984 when I was a student in Bangor, Gwynedd. The meeting was a disaster and when I and my former partner tried to complain about this man’s insensitive and inappropriate conduct we were threatened. (We were to receive many such threats over the following years.) We later found out that this man who had been approached to ‘help’ was the notorious T. Gwynne Williams, a lobotomist.
Here is a link to the publications page of my friend and colleague Prof BJ Brown – publications that I have co-authored with him are listed here, including two journal articles directly concerning the north Wales mental health services (Brown, Baker and Baker, 2012; Baker, Brown and Gwilym, 2008) which can be read or downloaded www.brown.uk.com/publications/publist.htm Our book ‘Responsible Citizens: Individuals, Health and Policy Under Neoliberalism’ (Brown and Baker, 2012) Anthem Press also has contains much material relating to the mental health services in Wales.
If anyone wishes to contact me directly rather than leave a comment on the blog, I am happy to receive e mails at firstname.lastname@example.org (for those of you not sure, that is a figure 1 after the word sally – it doesn’t look very clear does it…)